This is a single point reference for the Industrial Design program to plan the semester in advance. The weekly "Thought Leaders" lecture series will bring in experts and entrepreneurs to share their story with us. We will also use this to plan our courses and classes around industry events, like IDSA conferences, portfolio reviews and visits by alumni. As a student, you will be able to plan the whole semester and know important dates related to each project. This is a new initiative for our program to keep everyone on the same page.
Aug 26
wk01
Sep 02
wk02
Sep 09
wk03
Sep 16
wk04
Sep 23
wk05
Sep 30
wk06
Oct 07
wk07
Oct 14
wk08
Oct 21
wk09
Oct 28
wk10
Nov 04
wk11
Nov 11
wk12
Nov 18
wk13
Nov 25
wk14
Dec 02
wk15
Dec 09
wk16
Design Visualization
Intro to CS
Lines, triangles and planes
Cube in Perspective and plane modulation
Rocking Chair
Dash Cam
Structural packaging Sketch
Portable cooler
TC100
Pantone Chair
Exploded view
Ideation Page
Marker rendering of a Backpack
Walkietalkie marker rendering
Design Visualization
Intro to CS
Week 01 – 02
Aug 26 – Sep 02

Learn the basics of InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Complete the assignment that demonstrates your understanding of the key concepts

Design Visualization
Lines, triangles and planes
Week 02 – 03
Sep 02 – Sep 09
Design Visualization
Cube in Perspective and plane modulation
Week 03 – 04
Sep 09 – Sep 16
Design Visualization
Rocking Chair
Week 04 – 05
Sep 16 – Sep 23
Design Visualization
Dash Cam
Week 05 – 06
Sep 23 – Sep 30
Design Visualization
Structural packaging Sketch
Week 06 – 07
Sep 30 – Oct 07
Design Visualization
Portable cooler
Week 07 – 08
Oct 07 – Oct 14
Design Visualization
TC100
Week 08 – 09
Oct 14 – Oct 21
Design Visualization
Pantone Chair
Week 09 – 10
Oct 21 – Oct 28
Design Visualization
Exploded view
Week 10 – 11
Oct 28 – Nov 04
Design Visualization
Ideation Page
Week 11 – 12
Nov 04 – Nov 11
Design Visualization
Marker rendering of a Backpack
Week 12 – 13
Nov 11 – Nov 18
Design Visualization
Walkietalkie marker rendering
Week 13 – 14
Nov 18 – Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 02
Sep 02
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 26
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 27
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 28
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 29
Friday Lecture Series
Shahab
Week 02
Sep 06 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am an interactive media artist interested in the role of hybrid digital-physical systems in creating evocative experiences. My work shifts between fine arts and engineering, allowing them to blend together and inform each other. The conceptual framework of my artworks expresses the themes of anonymity, agency, complex systems, playfulness and curiosity. Using custom software, digital fabrication tools and processes, recorded and real-time video I aim to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the intangible digital and tactile physical objects.
Friday Lecture Series
Sara Parker and Richard Blythe
Week 03
Sep 13 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Health Design Research Laboratory, Roanoke. The Health Design Research Laboratory (HDRL) aims to support catalytic change in the health sector through design. HDRL will be a trans-disciplinary and trans-institutional lab providing design capability within the health precinct. HDRL will focus on three areas of health design: design for physical environments; design for objects and equipment; and design for systems and interfaces. HDRL will support disciplines from across the health care, research and education sectors. HDRL will work with Virginia Tech, VTC medical School, Fralin Biomedical Research Facility, Carilion, Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and our communities to support and partner on research initiatives and health design learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The HDRL will be located in the Roanoke health precinct and will be a natural and valuable partner for the Parker Laboratory and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Smart Construction initiative.
Friday Lecture Series
Ximedica
Week 12
Nov 15 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Ayan is a Senior Human Centered Industrial Designer at Ximedica. He uses systems level thinking to synthesize complex, multi-layered problems in the medical industry, to create usability driven solutions. This process requires a dynamic design skillset, collaboration with cross-disciplinary teams, and the ability to advise and guide a client through the medical development process. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013, Ayan has honed his skills at various start-ups and corporations, culminating at Ximedica. He mentors and advises at various colleges, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuway, developing safety equipment for passengers, on motorcycle taxis, in Uganda.
Friday Lecture Series
Dan Goodwin
Week 05
Sep 27 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am a digital and UX strategist from the Boston area. I received my bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in industrial design and my master's degree in strategic product design at Technishe Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. I have a background in medical design, service design, and brand strategy. As a designer and strategist, my focus is on using business context and the user perspective to create compelling and powerful solutions. Part of that means that I work to translate a company's brand identity and market opportunities into insights that drive strong services. I'm also passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating products and services that meet both existing and future user needs.
Friday Lecture Series
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fall Break
Friday Lecture Series
Jason Cusack
Week 07
Oct 11 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
The LONG VERSION More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study. Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country. Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast. Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.
Friday Lecture Series
Yotam Gingold
Week 08
Oct 18 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Welcome to the Creativity and Graphics Lab (CraGL) at George Mason University, led by Dr. Yotam Gingold (bio). Our mission is to solve challenging visual, geometry, and design problems and pursue foundational research into human creativity. We research and teach as part of GMU's Department of Computer Science. Our work is supported by the generosity of the National Science Foundation (including CAREER), Google, and Adobe. Our research has been incorporated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Illustrator's Puppet Warp tool.
Friday Lecture Series
Natalie Tobais
Week 09
Oct 25 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Earlier this year we launched Plastic Shop, a female-led collective that focuses on creating and storytelling. We’re currently working on a project that not only brings attention to the contributions of female artists, but also helps to inspire those women who don't see enough representation in the music industry. We believe that women are the strongest when brought together in numbers which is the reason why we felt like this was so important to create. We want to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported this project! On May 17th, we'll be embarking on a month-long road trip across the US of A. The purpose of this first project is to travel and meet up with various female artists and film a mini documentary series telling their personal stories and experiences. Natalie
Friday Lecture Series
Blake Johnson
Week 10
Nov 01 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Biomanufacturing and Biosensors Reverse Engineering and Bio-imaging 3D Printing and Bioprinting Neural Engineering, Neural Interface, and Nerve Regeneration Biosensing and Bioelectronics
Friday Lecture Series
Chris Riegger - MODEA
Week 11
Nov 08 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.
Friday Lecture Series
Bill Green
Week 04
Sep 20 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bill Green will talk about the history of Industrial Design
ID LAB II
Paper + Produce
Multi-Material Assembly
Luminary
ID LAB II
Paper + Produce
Week 01 – 05
Aug 26 – Sep 23

Students will investigate functional forms in paper in a multiphase project.

ID LAB II
Multi-Material Assembly
Week 05 – 10
Sep 23 – Oct 28

Students will investigate assembling functional objects using multiple materials.

ID LAB II
Luminary
Week 10 – 16
Oct 28 – Dec 09

Students will investigate the nature of light in a constructed fixture.

Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 02
Sep 02
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 26
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 27
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 28
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 29
Friday Lecture Series
Shahab
Week 02
Sep 06 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am an interactive media artist interested in the role of hybrid digital-physical systems in creating evocative experiences. My work shifts between fine arts and engineering, allowing them to blend together and inform each other. The conceptual framework of my artworks expresses the themes of anonymity, agency, complex systems, playfulness and curiosity. Using custom software, digital fabrication tools and processes, recorded and real-time video I aim to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the intangible digital and tactile physical objects.
Friday Lecture Series
Sara Parker and Richard Blythe
Week 03
Sep 13 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Health Design Research Laboratory, Roanoke. The Health Design Research Laboratory (HDRL) aims to support catalytic change in the health sector through design. HDRL will be a trans-disciplinary and trans-institutional lab providing design capability within the health precinct. HDRL will focus on three areas of health design: design for physical environments; design for objects and equipment; and design for systems and interfaces. HDRL will support disciplines from across the health care, research and education sectors. HDRL will work with Virginia Tech, VTC medical School, Fralin Biomedical Research Facility, Carilion, Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and our communities to support and partner on research initiatives and health design learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The HDRL will be located in the Roanoke health precinct and will be a natural and valuable partner for the Parker Laboratory and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Smart Construction initiative.
Friday Lecture Series
Ximedica
Week 12
Nov 15 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Ayan is a Senior Human Centered Industrial Designer at Ximedica. He uses systems level thinking to synthesize complex, multi-layered problems in the medical industry, to create usability driven solutions. This process requires a dynamic design skillset, collaboration with cross-disciplinary teams, and the ability to advise and guide a client through the medical development process. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013, Ayan has honed his skills at various start-ups and corporations, culminating at Ximedica. He mentors and advises at various colleges, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuway, developing safety equipment for passengers, on motorcycle taxis, in Uganda.
Friday Lecture Series
Dan Goodwin
Week 05
Sep 27 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am a digital and UX strategist from the Boston area. I received my bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in industrial design and my master's degree in strategic product design at Technishe Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. I have a background in medical design, service design, and brand strategy. As a designer and strategist, my focus is on using business context and the user perspective to create compelling and powerful solutions. Part of that means that I work to translate a company's brand identity and market opportunities into insights that drive strong services. I'm also passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating products and services that meet both existing and future user needs.
Friday Lecture Series
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fall Break
Friday Lecture Series
Jason Cusack
Week 07
Oct 11 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
The LONG VERSION More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study. Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country. Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast. Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.
Friday Lecture Series
Yotam Gingold
Week 08
Oct 18 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Welcome to the Creativity and Graphics Lab (CraGL) at George Mason University, led by Dr. Yotam Gingold (bio). Our mission is to solve challenging visual, geometry, and design problems and pursue foundational research into human creativity. We research and teach as part of GMU's Department of Computer Science. Our work is supported by the generosity of the National Science Foundation (including CAREER), Google, and Adobe. Our research has been incorporated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Illustrator's Puppet Warp tool.
Friday Lecture Series
Natalie Tobais
Week 09
Oct 25 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Earlier this year we launched Plastic Shop, a female-led collective that focuses on creating and storytelling. We’re currently working on a project that not only brings attention to the contributions of female artists, but also helps to inspire those women who don't see enough representation in the music industry. We believe that women are the strongest when brought together in numbers which is the reason why we felt like this was so important to create. We want to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported this project! On May 17th, we'll be embarking on a month-long road trip across the US of A. The purpose of this first project is to travel and meet up with various female artists and film a mini documentary series telling their personal stories and experiences. Natalie
Friday Lecture Series
Blake Johnson
Week 10
Nov 01 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Biomanufacturing and Biosensors Reverse Engineering and Bio-imaging 3D Printing and Bioprinting Neural Engineering, Neural Interface, and Nerve Regeneration Biosensing and Bioelectronics
Friday Lecture Series
Chris Riegger - MODEA
Week 11
Nov 08 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.
Friday Lecture Series
Bill Green
Week 04
Sep 20 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bill Green will talk about the history of Industrial Design
Junior Studio
Project 1: Particulate Filtering Facepiece
Project 2: SFCS Sponsored Studio in Aging and Design
Junior Studio
Project 1: Particulate Filtering Facepiece
Week 01 – 05
Aug 26 – Sep 23
Junior Studio
Project 2: SFCS Sponsored Studio in Aging and Design
Week 05 – 16
Sep 23 – Dec 09
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 02
Sep 02
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 26
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 27
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 28
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 29
Friday Lecture Series
Shahab
Week 02
Sep 06 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am an interactive media artist interested in the role of hybrid digital-physical systems in creating evocative experiences. My work shifts between fine arts and engineering, allowing them to blend together and inform each other. The conceptual framework of my artworks expresses the themes of anonymity, agency, complex systems, playfulness and curiosity. Using custom software, digital fabrication tools and processes, recorded and real-time video I aim to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the intangible digital and tactile physical objects.
Friday Lecture Series
Sara Parker and Richard Blythe
Week 03
Sep 13 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Health Design Research Laboratory, Roanoke. The Health Design Research Laboratory (HDRL) aims to support catalytic change in the health sector through design. HDRL will be a trans-disciplinary and trans-institutional lab providing design capability within the health precinct. HDRL will focus on three areas of health design: design for physical environments; design for objects and equipment; and design for systems and interfaces. HDRL will support disciplines from across the health care, research and education sectors. HDRL will work with Virginia Tech, VTC medical School, Fralin Biomedical Research Facility, Carilion, Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and our communities to support and partner on research initiatives and health design learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The HDRL will be located in the Roanoke health precinct and will be a natural and valuable partner for the Parker Laboratory and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Smart Construction initiative.
Friday Lecture Series
Ximedica
Week 12
Nov 15 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Ayan is a Senior Human Centered Industrial Designer at Ximedica. He uses systems level thinking to synthesize complex, multi-layered problems in the medical industry, to create usability driven solutions. This process requires a dynamic design skillset, collaboration with cross-disciplinary teams, and the ability to advise and guide a client through the medical development process. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013, Ayan has honed his skills at various start-ups and corporations, culminating at Ximedica. He mentors and advises at various colleges, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuway, developing safety equipment for passengers, on motorcycle taxis, in Uganda.
Friday Lecture Series
Dan Goodwin
Week 05
Sep 27 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am a digital and UX strategist from the Boston area. I received my bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in industrial design and my master's degree in strategic product design at Technishe Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. I have a background in medical design, service design, and brand strategy. As a designer and strategist, my focus is on using business context and the user perspective to create compelling and powerful solutions. Part of that means that I work to translate a company's brand identity and market opportunities into insights that drive strong services. I'm also passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating products and services that meet both existing and future user needs.
Friday Lecture Series
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fall Break
Friday Lecture Series
Jason Cusack
Week 07
Oct 11 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
The LONG VERSION More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study. Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country. Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast. Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.
Friday Lecture Series
Yotam Gingold
Week 08
Oct 18 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Welcome to the Creativity and Graphics Lab (CraGL) at George Mason University, led by Dr. Yotam Gingold (bio). Our mission is to solve challenging visual, geometry, and design problems and pursue foundational research into human creativity. We research and teach as part of GMU's Department of Computer Science. Our work is supported by the generosity of the National Science Foundation (including CAREER), Google, and Adobe. Our research has been incorporated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Illustrator's Puppet Warp tool.
Friday Lecture Series
Natalie Tobais
Week 09
Oct 25 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Earlier this year we launched Plastic Shop, a female-led collective that focuses on creating and storytelling. We’re currently working on a project that not only brings attention to the contributions of female artists, but also helps to inspire those women who don't see enough representation in the music industry. We believe that women are the strongest when brought together in numbers which is the reason why we felt like this was so important to create. We want to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported this project! On May 17th, we'll be embarking on a month-long road trip across the US of A. The purpose of this first project is to travel and meet up with various female artists and film a mini documentary series telling their personal stories and experiences. Natalie
Friday Lecture Series
Blake Johnson
Week 10
Nov 01 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Biomanufacturing and Biosensors Reverse Engineering and Bio-imaging 3D Printing and Bioprinting Neural Engineering, Neural Interface, and Nerve Regeneration Biosensing and Bioelectronics
Friday Lecture Series
Chris Riegger - MODEA
Week 11
Nov 08 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.
Friday Lecture Series
Bill Green
Week 04
Sep 20 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bill Green will talk about the history of Industrial Design
Senior Studio
First six week project
Team project
Wrap up and get ready
Senior Studio
First six week project
Week 01 – 07
Aug 26 – Oct 07

Physical+Digital - The first project is an individual exploration in the world of physical+digital.
(Public pinup in Cowgill Lobby on Sept. 4th and October 2nd)

Senior Studio
Team project
Week 07 – 14
Oct 07 – Nov 25

Team Project - The second one is a team-based project where each team will partner with an outside stakeholder.
(October 14 - Research and Ideations Pin Up (Public pinup in Cowgill Lobby 10:00am - 5:00pm)
November 11 - Final Poster | Presentation | Prototype Pinup (Public in Cowgill Lobby)

Senior Studio
Wrap up and get ready
Week 14 – 16
Nov 25 – Dec 09
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 02
Sep 02
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 26
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 27
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 28
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 29
Friday Lecture Series
Shahab
Week 02
Sep 06 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am an interactive media artist interested in the role of hybrid digital-physical systems in creating evocative experiences. My work shifts between fine arts and engineering, allowing them to blend together and inform each other. The conceptual framework of my artworks expresses the themes of anonymity, agency, complex systems, playfulness and curiosity. Using custom software, digital fabrication tools and processes, recorded and real-time video I aim to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the intangible digital and tactile physical objects.
Friday Lecture Series
Sara Parker and Richard Blythe
Week 03
Sep 13 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Health Design Research Laboratory, Roanoke. The Health Design Research Laboratory (HDRL) aims to support catalytic change in the health sector through design. HDRL will be a trans-disciplinary and trans-institutional lab providing design capability within the health precinct. HDRL will focus on three areas of health design: design for physical environments; design for objects and equipment; and design for systems and interfaces. HDRL will support disciplines from across the health care, research and education sectors. HDRL will work with Virginia Tech, VTC medical School, Fralin Biomedical Research Facility, Carilion, Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and our communities to support and partner on research initiatives and health design learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The HDRL will be located in the Roanoke health precinct and will be a natural and valuable partner for the Parker Laboratory and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Smart Construction initiative.
Friday Lecture Series
Ximedica
Week 12
Nov 15 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Ayan is a Senior Human Centered Industrial Designer at Ximedica. He uses systems level thinking to synthesize complex, multi-layered problems in the medical industry, to create usability driven solutions. This process requires a dynamic design skillset, collaboration with cross-disciplinary teams, and the ability to advise and guide a client through the medical development process. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013, Ayan has honed his skills at various start-ups and corporations, culminating at Ximedica. He mentors and advises at various colleges, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuway, developing safety equipment for passengers, on motorcycle taxis, in Uganda.
Friday Lecture Series
Dan Goodwin
Week 05
Sep 27 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am a digital and UX strategist from the Boston area. I received my bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in industrial design and my master's degree in strategic product design at Technishe Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. I have a background in medical design, service design, and brand strategy. As a designer and strategist, my focus is on using business context and the user perspective to create compelling and powerful solutions. Part of that means that I work to translate a company's brand identity and market opportunities into insights that drive strong services. I'm also passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating products and services that meet both existing and future user needs.
Friday Lecture Series
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fall Break
Friday Lecture Series
Jason Cusack
Week 07
Oct 11 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
The LONG VERSION More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study. Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country. Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast. Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.
Friday Lecture Series
Yotam Gingold
Week 08
Oct 18 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Welcome to the Creativity and Graphics Lab (CraGL) at George Mason University, led by Dr. Yotam Gingold (bio). Our mission is to solve challenging visual, geometry, and design problems and pursue foundational research into human creativity. We research and teach as part of GMU's Department of Computer Science. Our work is supported by the generosity of the National Science Foundation (including CAREER), Google, and Adobe. Our research has been incorporated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Illustrator's Puppet Warp tool.
Friday Lecture Series
Natalie Tobais
Week 09
Oct 25 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Earlier this year we launched Plastic Shop, a female-led collective that focuses on creating and storytelling. We’re currently working on a project that not only brings attention to the contributions of female artists, but also helps to inspire those women who don't see enough representation in the music industry. We believe that women are the strongest when brought together in numbers which is the reason why we felt like this was so important to create. We want to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported this project! On May 17th, we'll be embarking on a month-long road trip across the US of A. The purpose of this first project is to travel and meet up with various female artists and film a mini documentary series telling their personal stories and experiences. Natalie
Friday Lecture Series
Blake Johnson
Week 10
Nov 01 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Biomanufacturing and Biosensors Reverse Engineering and Bio-imaging 3D Printing and Bioprinting Neural Engineering, Neural Interface, and Nerve Regeneration Biosensing and Bioelectronics
Friday Lecture Series
Chris Riegger - MODEA
Week 11
Nov 08 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.
Friday Lecture Series
Bill Green
Week 04
Sep 20 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bill Green will talk about the history of Industrial Design
Design Research
Project 1: Interview
Project 2: Product Analysis
Project 3: SFCS Research
Project 4: UX Research
Design Research
Project 1: Interview
Week 01 – 04
Aug 26 – Sep 16
Design Research
Project 2: Product Analysis
Week 04 – 07
Sep 16 – Oct 07
Design Research
Project 3: SFCS Research
Week 07 – 12
Oct 07 – Nov 11
Design Research
Project 4: UX Research
Week 12 – 16
Nov 11 – Dec 09
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 02
Sep 02
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 26
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 27
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 28
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 29
Friday Lecture Series
Shahab
Week 02
Sep 06 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am an interactive media artist interested in the role of hybrid digital-physical systems in creating evocative experiences. My work shifts between fine arts and engineering, allowing them to blend together and inform each other. The conceptual framework of my artworks expresses the themes of anonymity, agency, complex systems, playfulness and curiosity. Using custom software, digital fabrication tools and processes, recorded and real-time video I aim to bridge the ever-increasing gap between the intangible digital and tactile physical objects.
Friday Lecture Series
Sara Parker and Richard Blythe
Week 03
Sep 13 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Health Design Research Laboratory, Roanoke. The Health Design Research Laboratory (HDRL) aims to support catalytic change in the health sector through design. HDRL will be a trans-disciplinary and trans-institutional lab providing design capability within the health precinct. HDRL will focus on three areas of health design: design for physical environments; design for objects and equipment; and design for systems and interfaces. HDRL will support disciplines from across the health care, research and education sectors. HDRL will work with Virginia Tech, VTC medical School, Fralin Biomedical Research Facility, Carilion, Radford University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and our communities to support and partner on research initiatives and health design learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. The HDRL will be located in the Roanoke health precinct and will be a natural and valuable partner for the Parker Laboratory and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Smart Construction initiative.
Friday Lecture Series
Ximedica
Week 12
Nov 15 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Ayan is a Senior Human Centered Industrial Designer at Ximedica. He uses systems level thinking to synthesize complex, multi-layered problems in the medical industry, to create usability driven solutions. This process requires a dynamic design skillset, collaboration with cross-disciplinary teams, and the ability to advise and guide a client through the medical development process. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2013, Ayan has honed his skills at various start-ups and corporations, culminating at Ximedica. He mentors and advises at various colleges, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuway, developing safety equipment for passengers, on motorcycle taxis, in Uganda.
Friday Lecture Series
Dan Goodwin
Week 05
Sep 27 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
I am a digital and UX strategist from the Boston area. I received my bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in industrial design and my master's degree in strategic product design at Technishe Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. I have a background in medical design, service design, and brand strategy. As a designer and strategist, my focus is on using business context and the user perspective to create compelling and powerful solutions. Part of that means that I work to translate a company's brand identity and market opportunities into insights that drive strong services. I'm also passionate about understanding consumer behavior and creating products and services that meet both existing and future user needs.
Friday Lecture Series
Fall Break
Week 06
Oct 04 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Fall Break
Friday Lecture Series
Jason Cusack
Week 07
Oct 11 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
The LONG VERSION More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study. Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country. Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast. Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.
Friday Lecture Series
Yotam Gingold
Week 08
Oct 18 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Welcome to the Creativity and Graphics Lab (CraGL) at George Mason University, led by Dr. Yotam Gingold (bio). Our mission is to solve challenging visual, geometry, and design problems and pursue foundational research into human creativity. We research and teach as part of GMU's Department of Computer Science. Our work is supported by the generosity of the National Science Foundation (including CAREER), Google, and Adobe. Our research has been incorporated into Adobe Creative Cloud as Illustrator's Puppet Warp tool.
Friday Lecture Series
Natalie Tobais
Week 09
Oct 25 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Earlier this year we launched Plastic Shop, a female-led collective that focuses on creating and storytelling. We’re currently working on a project that not only brings attention to the contributions of female artists, but also helps to inspire those women who don't see enough representation in the music industry. We believe that women are the strongest when brought together in numbers which is the reason why we felt like this was so important to create. We want to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has supported this project! On May 17th, we'll be embarking on a month-long road trip across the US of A. The purpose of this first project is to travel and meet up with various female artists and film a mini documentary series telling their personal stories and experiences. Natalie
Friday Lecture Series
Blake Johnson
Week 10
Nov 01 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Biomanufacturing and Biosensors Reverse Engineering and Bio-imaging 3D Printing and Bioprinting Neural Engineering, Neural Interface, and Nerve Regeneration Biosensing and Bioelectronics
Friday Lecture Series
Chris Riegger - MODEA
Week 11
Nov 08 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Modea was founded in 2006 with the purpose of solving age old problems. These modern ideas (name origin) were focused on customer experience challenges from the largest brands in the world. Over the years the technologies changed but the focus on out of the box thinking has remained constant. Our desire has, and remains, to create exceptional value for our clients in an environment that our employees love.
Friday Lecture Series
Bill Green
Week 04
Sep 20 • 1:00 PM
3:00 PM
Bill Green will talk about the history of Industrial Design