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.
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Second Year Studio
Project 1: ID Competition
Project 2: Handtool
Project 3: Playful
Project 4: Interdisciplinary
Project 5: Portfolio
Second Year Studio
Project 1: ID Competition
Week 01 – 03
Jan 21 – Feb 04
Second Year Studio
Project 2: Handtool
Week 03 – 04
Feb 04 – Feb 11
Second Year Studio
Project 3: Playful
Week 04 – 11
Feb 11 – Apr 01
Second Year Studio
Project 4: Interdisciplinary
Week 11 – 15
Apr 01 – Apr 29
Second Year Studio
Project 5: Portfolio
Week 15 – 17
Apr 29 – May 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Third Year Studio
Industrial Design Competition
Third Year Studio
Industrial Design Competition
Week 01 – 03
Jan 21 – Feb 04
Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Senior Studio
Industrial Design Competition
Thesis
Senior Studio
Industrial Design Competition
Week 01 – 03
Jan 21 – Feb 04
Senior Studio
Thesis
Week 03 – 18
Feb 04 – May 20
Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Connected Capstone
Connected Capstone
Connected Capstone
Connected Capstone
Week 01 – 17
Jan 21 – May 13

In Spring 2019, the Industrial Design Program in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology will support six interdisciplinary student teams working collaboratively on a semester long project. The industrial design majors will treat this class as a 6-credit capstone studio project. The computer science majors will treat this class as a 3-credit Creative Computing capstone project, with the option of signing up for an additional co-located 3-credit design skills independent study. The business majors will similarly treat this class as a 3-credit capstone project, with the option of signing up for an additional co-located 3-credit design skills independent study. The combined studio will meet on Monday and Wednesday, with the studio time length determined by the number of credit hours.

Each team of four students will work on creating a solution aimed at addressing one of the following topics: Aging in Place; Autonomous Vehicles and Us; and Design for Empowerment. Final projects will be presented at a public end of semester event. The interdisciplinary teams will have access to design shops, 3D printers and external prototyping agencies, as well as access to area stake holders.

You will be advised by faculty in design (Akshay Sharma), computer science (Aisling Kelliher), and business (Howard Haines), along with industry experts.

Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Computer Aided Design Visualization
Computer Aided Design Visualization
Week 01 – 02
Jan 21 – Jan 28
Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Jan 21
01
Jan 28
02
Feb 04
03
Feb 11
04
Feb 18
05
Feb 25
06
Mar 04
07
Mar 11
08
Mar 18
09
Mar 25
10
Apr 01
11
Apr 08
12
Apr 15
13
Apr 22
14
Apr 29
15
May 06
16
May 13
17
Modules
Mindful Designer
Empty Bowls
Portfolio
History + UX/UI
Islamic Design
Modules
Mindful Designer
Week 01 – 16
Jan 21 – May 06
Modules
Empty Bowls
Week 01 – 11
Jan 21 – Apr 01
Modules
Portfolio
Week 02 – 07
Jan 28 – Mar 04
Modules
History + UX/UI
Week 06 – 12
Feb 25 – Apr 08

Bill is teaching the History of model making module
Akshay is teaching the UX/UI module

Modules
Islamic Design
Week 01 – 06
Jan 21 – Feb 25
Academic Calendar
Spring Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Jan 22
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 11
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 12
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 13
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 14
Academic Calendar
Spring Break
Week 08
Mar 15
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
May 08
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
May 09
Lectures
Billy Weitzenfeld and Rick Brown
Week 01
Jan 25 • 1:00 PM
Rm 300 Cowgill Hall 300
On January 25, 2019, the Industrial Design Program welcomes two representatives from the Floyd Energy Fair to discuss to discuss energy conservation and renewable energy technology. Billy Weitzenfeld is the Executive Director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP) and has served in this capacity for 20 years. AECP is a non-profit energy education and statewide trade association located in Floyd, Virginia. Previous to this, Mr. Weitzenfeld was the Weatherization Director for New River Community Action and held this position for 10 years. Mr. Weitzenfeld has extensive experience in Weatherization, energy education, training, legislative advocacy, fundraising, non-profit management, renewable energy, green building and program and policy development. He is a certified Home Energy rater, holds a tradesman license as a Master in Heating, Ventilation, and Air –Conditioning (HVAC) and is a licensed Residential Building Energy Analyst. He is currently President of Sustain Floyd and is the past Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Education Center. Rick Brown is the owner of SolShine Energy, an electrical and solar contractor based in Floyd County. A former electrical engineer, he has 30 years of experience working in the electrical/electronic engineering field along with 10 years in the field of photovoltaics. Rick is also a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional and a Virginia Master Electrician.
Lectures
Industrial Design Competition
Week 02
Feb 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Brian Kliener
Week 03
Feb 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
Brian M. Kleiner is professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health, a core research unit affiliated with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He is immediate past director of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Center, and currently directs the Macroergonomics and Group Decision Systems Laboratory in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His interest in the socio-technical nature of work systems and safety is supported by his educational training in both psychology and engineering. Dr. Kleiner's research interests focus on systems or macro-ergonomics (human-systems integration) for improved safety, health and performance.
Lectures
Sylvester Johnson
Week 04
Feb 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
The founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, Sylvester A. Johnson is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of race, religion, and technology. Before joining Virginia Tech, Johnson was promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. Johnson served as the director of the Center for African American History at Northwestern, where he administered an annual budget, convened board meetings, engaged with external entities, developed an annual series of guest lectures, planned research colloquia, and advanced the general mission of that center to promote research in Black history. His collaborative research experience includes leading an artificial intelligence development project at Northwestern University, which involved a transdisciplinary team of humanities experts and software engineers.
Lectures
Bert Green
Week 05
Feb 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall 300
I'm a product designer specializing in sustainable manufacturing, a professional machinist, metal fabricator, wood craftsman, and small business owner. My lifelong ambition is to foster a more balanced, sustainable lifestyle and to promote the virtues of renewable energy.
Lectures
Kaelum Hasler
Week 06
Mar 01 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Rendyr is an emerging desktop robotics company developing a portable laser cutter that will dramatically improve access to rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. This “laptop version” of an industrial laser cutter supports creative environments that do not have space or the budget to accommodate conventional fabrication machines. Moreover, the portable form factor enables convenient usage in a variety of settings and sharing within teams or communities. Optic works everywhere.
Lectures
Joe Wheeler - Future HAUS
Week 07
Mar 08 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
“So much research went into selecting the right appliances, the right systems, the right HVAC for the house,” student team leader Laurie Booth said. “It took a lot of understanding of how a house actually works. That’s how we were so successful.” On Wednesday, the Solar Decathlon judges awarded Virginia Tech first place among the 22 teams in the competition. “It was by far I think the most challenging thing these students have ever done. This is the most challenging thing I have ever done,” Wheeler said. “The competition, it was stressful, it was intense, it was close, competitive.”
Lectures
No lecture - Spring break
Week 08
Mar 15 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Benjamin Kirkland
Week 09
Mar 22 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Blending the arts of Bonsai with Appalachia. Create bonsai with the trees in your local area, and learn to do so successfully and responsibly! Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/appalachian_bonsai
Lectures
Week 10
Mar 29 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Week 11
Apr 05 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Eric Standley
Week 12
Apr 12 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Eric builds complex paper-cut artifacts using vector-based software and CNC lasers. Each layer is cut into paper with a CNC laser, then stacked into the completed artwork. The layers are conceived as “events” in the vein of key-framing to create a consciously woven space. Because of Eric’s labor intensive process his works take months and sometimes years to create. His compositions are determined by removing material from each sheet of paper, and pre-visualizing the sum of the layers as line, color and space. He does not use processing or algorithm-generated elements but instead draws each line with a conscious effort toward a holistic goal. Eric’s technology-infused studio practice enables him to create complex artifacts within a realm of precision of that is often reserved for industry, mass production and scientific research. “Technology circumscribes boundaries, as do artists. We are extended in body and mind by the advancements of what we envision and create.”
Lectures
Week 13
Apr 19 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Doug Bowman
Week 14
Apr 26 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall
Doug A. Bowman is the Frank J. Maher Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. He is the principal investigator of the 3D Interaction Group, focusing on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments. Dr. Bowman is one of the co-authors of 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice. He has served in many roles for the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, including program chair, general chair, and steeering committee chair. He also co-founded the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (now part of IEEE VR). He received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work on 3D Interaction, and has been named an ACM Distinguished Scientist. He received the Technical Achievement award from the IEEE Visualization and Graphics Technical Committee in 2014. His undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science is from Emory University, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Lectures
Week 15
May 03 • 1:00 PM
Rm300 Cowgill Hall