On a Roll

Virginia Tech Industrial Design Students are in the Spotlight for Design

Mar 2 2016 - 4:22pm

The IDSA Student Chapter advisor at Virginia Tech is also the chair of the university's industrial design program, and he couldn't be more proud of his students. "We've never had a run like this," Professor Ed Dorsa, IDSA, tells Virginia Tech News.

A team of three, Virginia Tech industrial design students is among the 12 international finalists in the Stanford Center on Longevity's Design Challenge. A team representative will pitch the design to judges on April 5. IDSA Student Member Gabriella Jacobsen won the Cradle-to-Cradle Product Design Challenge with her Onward Bag, made from recycled and organic materials and designed to reduce plastic waste and carbon dioxide emissions.

IDSA Student Member Chris Crowley won first place in the International Housewares Association Student Design Competition.

IDSA Student Member Luisa Lacsaman was among three Virginia Tech students who were finalists in the Connected Future Competition, sponsored by Autodesk. Virginia Tech student Ari Horowitz won first place in that competition.

"Each student chose to address a different unmet need under a different umbrella issue: longevity, sustainability, household needs and connected devices,” Dorsa says.