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 20
01
Aug 27
02
Sep 03
03
Sep 10
04
Sep 17
05
Sep 24
06
Oct 01
07
Oct 08
08
Oct 15
09
Oct 22
10
Oct 29
11
Nov 05
12
Nov 12
13
Nov 19
14
Nov 26
15
Dec 03
16
Second Year
Project 1: Graphics
Project 2: Paper and Produce
Project 3: Desk Assist
Project 4: Luminary
Project 5: The Weight of One
Second Year
Project 1: Graphics
Week 01 – 02
Aug 20 – Aug 27

Phase 1 
Dissect a Page 
Find three page layouts, examples include exquisite books, design magazines, or informational  posters. Scan or download the originals, size them proportionally to fit on an 11”x17” and then  print each of the layouts on separate sheets. Also using 11”x17”, diagram the graphic  components and underlying structure of each page; consider how the components are used  and why are they relevant in relation to content. Be prepared to compare and contrast the  dissections in a discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The diagrams should demonstrate your  understanding and command of design elements and principles.  

Phase Two
Design a Page
Compose an 18"x 24" informational poster on one type of produce. Content can include drawings (such as plan, elevation, section, and perspective), diagrams, history, uses, cultural associations, market, production, and any other relevant information.

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Second Year
Project 2: Paper and Produce
Week 02 – 03
Aug 27 – Sep 03

Students will design a paper package suitable for the transport and/or display of fresh produce in a market setting. Using skills from both Foundation of Design Laboratory and Materials and Processes, students will investigate the relationship between 2 dimensional flat patterns and 3 dimensional form, as well as the function of containment.

Second Year
Project 3: Desk Assist
Week 03 – 06
Sep 03 – Sep 24

Students will design and build a construct that aids work done at design students' desks. Looking for underutilized space or a surface activity that can be elevated, students will work with engineered sheet lumber to execute a tectonic desk assistant.

Second Year
Project 4: Luminary
Week 06 – 11
Sep 24 – Oct 29

Students will explore the nature of light in a fixture they design and build. Introduction to the processes of bending wood, plastics, and fibers in the search for a robust vocabulary of curvature.

Second Year
Project 5: The Weight of One
Week 11 – 17
Oct 29 – Dec 10

Students will design and build a construct that supports the weight of one, using constructions skills gained in the Wood and Metal Workshops, Materials and Process, and previous studio assignments. New concepts will include mold assisted forms and assembly techniques.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Design VIZ
Lines
Planes
Perspective
Modulation
Design VIZ
Lines
Week 01 – 02
Aug 20 – Aug 27
Design VIZ
Planes
Week 02 – 03
Aug 27 – Sep 03
Design VIZ
Perspective
Week 03 – 04
Sep 03 – Sep 10
Design VIZ
Modulation
Week 04 – 05
Sep 10 – Sep 17
Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Aug 20
01
Aug 27
02
Sep 03
03
Sep 10
04
Sep 17
05
Sep 24
06
Oct 01
07
Oct 08
08
Oct 15
09
Oct 22
10
Oct 29
11
Nov 05
12
Nov 12
13
Nov 19
14
Nov 26
15
Dec 03
16
Material and Processes
Intro + Pigment (T) Parchment , Pulp & Paper (TH)
Forest Farm* (T) Prototyping, Corrugated** & Origami (TH)
Metal Form (T) Connections (TH)
CAM: Subtraction (T) Research Project Team Formation (TH)
Research Project Work Session (T) Light + Power (TH)
Finishes + Translucency (T) Lamination + Composites (TH)
Soft Goods (T) & Leather Stone* (TH)
Glass + Cement Hair** (T) Nonwoven (TH)
Textiles (T) Ceramics* (TH)
Foundry** (T) CAM: Additive Manufacturing (TH)
Thermal Sets (T) Felt research (TH)
Biomimicry* (T) Tools + Analysis (TH)
Research Project Presentation
Material and Processes
Intro + Pigment (T) Parchment , Pulp & Paper (TH)
Week 01 – 02
Aug 20 – Aug 27
Material and Processes
Forest Farm* (T) Prototyping, Corrugated** & Origami (TH)
Week 02 – 03
Aug 27 – Sep 03
Material and Processes
Metal Form (T) Connections (TH)
Week 03 – 04
Sep 03 – Sep 10
Material and Processes
CAM: Subtraction (T) Research Project Team Formation (TH)
Week 04 – 05
Sep 10 – Sep 17
Material and Processes
Research Project Work Session (T) Light + Power (TH)
Week 05 – 06
Sep 17 – Sep 24
Material and Processes
Finishes + Translucency (T) Lamination + Composites (TH)
Week 06 – 07
Sep 24 – Oct 01
Material and Processes
Soft Goods (T) & Leather Stone* (TH)
Week 07 – 08
Oct 01 – Oct 08
Material and Processes
Glass + Cement Hair** (T) Nonwoven (TH)
Week 08 – 09
Oct 08 – Oct 15
Material and Processes
Textiles (T) Ceramics* (TH)
Week 09 – 10
Oct 15 – Oct 22
Material and Processes
Foundry** (T) CAM: Additive Manufacturing (TH)
Week 10 – 11
Oct 22 – Oct 29
Material and Processes
Thermal Sets (T) Felt research (TH)
Week 11 – 12
Oct 29 – Nov 05
Material and Processes
Biomimicry* (T) Tools + Analysis (TH)
Week 12 – 13
Nov 05 – Nov 12
Material and Processes
Research Project Presentation
Week 13 – 17
Nov 12 – Dec 10
Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
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Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
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01
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02
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03
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06
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Third Year Studio
Project 1
Project 2
Third Year Studio
Project 1
Week 01 – 04
Aug 20 – Sep 10
Third Year Studio
Project 2
Week 04 – 12
Sep 10 – Nov 05
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Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
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Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
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Week 09
Oct 19
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Nov 23
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
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Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
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Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
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Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
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Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Design Research
Project 1
Project 2
Project 3 (Co-Lab)
Design Research
Project 1
Week 01 – 03
Aug 20 – Sep 03

Intro and purpose: Interviewing users is one of the most useful methods in UCD. During this project, students will practice user interviews with a stranger (interviewing someone you don’t know helps ensure there are no preconceived ideas or biases in the research and you’ll learn how to approach a stranger without making them uncomfortable)

Design Research
Project 2
Week 03 – 07
Sep 03 – Oct 01

Intro and purpose: During this project students are expected to choose and investigate a professional career thoroughly. This is a teamwork project (groups of 3) and it will give them the opportunity to learn how to work as a team in a design research project and how to communicate through the process and while conducting the methods. The main purpose is to design a research plan includes different methods to address a problem statement that is focused on the pain points of a chosen profession.

Design Research
Project 3 (Co-Lab)
Week 07 – 17
Oct 01 – Dec 10
Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
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Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
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Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
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Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
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Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Aug 20
01
Aug 27
02
Sep 03
03
Sep 10
04
Sep 17
05
Sep 24
06
Oct 01
07
Oct 08
08
Oct 15
09
Oct 22
10
Oct 29
11
Nov 05
12
Nov 12
13
Nov 19
14
Nov 26
15
Dec 03
16
Senior Studio
Physical + Digital
Physical + Digital - II
Interactive Systems
Design Build project
Senior Studio
Physical + Digital
Week 01 – 03
Aug 20 – Sep 03

Explore the area of "interactive devices" that respond to gestures, voice command, touch in a particular way
For example, creating one of the form compositions that uses two material for the purpose of
"Place"
"Grab"
"Pick"
"Slide"
or "push"
The main focus should be on thinking about "Why" this object would be perfectly placed in the context of your choice.
One main criteria is to use two different materials and focus on the intersection of those two.
We would like to see a reasonably well made "looks like" prototype in two weeks time.

Senior Studio
Physical + Digital - II
Week 03 – 05
Sep 03 – Sep 17

This project will continue to develop the interactive object exploration and focus on the detail as well as the user experience that goes along with it.

Senior Studio
Interactive Systems
Week 05 – 09
Sep 17 – Oct 15

As part of the interactive systems workshop with ICAT, identify an issue, understand your limitations and create a working prototype that solves a problem.
For example, the issue of cell phone overuse by kids.
For example, the issue of lack of joy and happiness in our lives.
For example, the issue of lack of acknowledgement about our dark past.
etc
etc

Senior Studio
Design Build project
Week 08 – 16
Oct 08 – Dec 03

Design and build a solution to address the issue of:
Special needs children in Satya Special School, Pondicherry, India
- Chair for cerebral Palsy patients
- educational toys, strategies for children with special needs
- Life skill development products for special needs children

Remote telemedicine system for rural india
Mobile clinic for cancer screening in rural Tamilnadu, India

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
Lectures
Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Lectures
Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
Lectures
No Lecture
Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
Lectures
Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
Lectures
Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
Lectures
Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
Lectures
Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
Lectures
Lecture 11
Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 12
Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Lectures
Lecture 13
Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Aug 20
01
Aug 27
02
Sep 03
03
Sep 10
04
Sep 17
05
Sep 24
06
Oct 01
07
Oct 08
08
Oct 15
09
Oct 22
10
Oct 29
11
Nov 05
12
Nov 12
13
Nov 19
14
Nov 26
15
Dec 03
16
Modules
Portfolio
Objects of Vertu
Video Story Telling
Mindful Designer
Modules
Portfolio
Week 01 – 06
Aug 20 – Sep 24
Modules
Objects of Vertu
Week 06 – 11
Sep 24 – Oct 29
Modules
Video Story Telling
Week 06 – 17
Sep 24 – Dec 10
Modules
Mindful Designer
Week 11 – 17
Oct 29 – Dec 10

Contemplation can facilitate design thinking by fostering creativity, empathy, and clarity. In this course, students will practice mindfulness through guided meditation, movement, and making.

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester Classes Begin
Week 01
Aug 20
Academic Calendar
Labor Day
Week 03
Sep 03
Academic Calendar
Fall Break
Week 09
Oct 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
Week 14
Nov 17
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 18
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 19
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 20
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 21
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 22
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 14
Nov 23
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday
Week 15
Nov 24
Academic Calendar
Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
Week 15
Nov 25
Academic Calendar
Classes End
Week 16
Dec 05
Academic Calendar
Reading Day
Week 16
Dec 06
Academic Calendar
Exam Day
Week 16
Dec 07
Lectures
Nanci Hardwick
Week 01
Aug 24 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Nanci Hardwick is CEO of Aeroprobe Corporation and primarily responsible for developing the Additive Friction Stir (AFS) technology, a proprietary solid-state metal deposition process. Nanci has led numerous projects exploring material, mechanical property, and geometry capabilities of AFS, demonstrating the ability to produce various near-net shape deposits in aluminum, magnesium, copper, steel, Inconel, titanium, and assorted metal matrix composites. Aeroprobe holds several issued U.S. patents related to various methods of solid-state additive manufacturing using AFS. Nanci has presented the AFS technology at conferences around the world and is a paper and patent author.
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Michael Fleming
Week 02
Aug 31 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Michael Fleming is the CEO and co-founder of Torc Robotics, a leading provider of self-driving solutions. After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. He wanted to commercialize the self-driving technology and keep the winning team intact. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge. “There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology. “Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
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Mark Mondry
Week 03
Sep 07 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to help students build and exercise an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to his career change into academe, Mark was a Partner in a Silicon Valley based intellectual property law and strategy firm working with U.S. and Asia based companies, and the Managing Director of an innovation and product development consultancy. Mark is also a registered Patent Attorney, a Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP), and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ®).
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Week 04
Sep 14 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
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Ben Knapp
Week 05
Sep 21 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall 300
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
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Ben Knapp
Week 06
Sep 28 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His research on human-computer interaction has focused on the development and design of user-interfaces and software that allow both composers and performers to augment the physical control of a musical instrument with direct sensory interaction. He holds twelve patents and is the co-inventor of the BioMuse system, which enables artists to use gesture, cognition, and emotional state to interact with audio and video media.
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Tony Smith - Industrial Design Lead at NewDealDesign
Week 07
Oct 05 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Strategic Technology Designers The new technology landscape touches every part of society. It is dynamic and fluctuates like no other. Learning from our decades of experience bringing new products to market, we know a simple truth – the visible, actionable future is no more than 18 months away. We work quickly, with clarity, solid intent and diligent process, to ensure your product launches with impact and staying power – well within that 18-month window. We call what we do Technology Design, combining strategic foresight, physical and digital design with engineering validation.
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Josh Koplin, COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc.
Week 08
Oct 12 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Joshua Koplin is Co-Founder and COO of Humanistic Robotics, Inc. He is an innovator who focuses on solving sticky problems of global consequence to humans often with novel technological approaches and strategy. He leads HRI’s technology strategy and product roadmap, oversees ongoing development, as well as design and manufacturing operations. He has designed four successive generations of human interface and control system electronics from concept through to production. He focuses his design methodology around making things as simple to use, learn and sustain as possible. Josh has extensive experience with landmine remediation, having consulted in mined environments throughout the world such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Thailand, and Croatia. Prior to HRI, Josh owned and operated a lutherie, furniture and product design business, where he guided inventors through the process of bringing a product from idea to marketplace. In addition, Josh worked as an architect at Sellers and Company, one of the pioneering firms in design/build and sustainable architecture. Josh Koplin earned a B.A. in Sustainable Architecture from Hampshire College, where he focused on adaptive and sustainable design, and a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, where he focused on design strategy, humanitarian design, and robotics. He currently teaches at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he teaches Business Planning and Practice, a lean startup business model exercise adapted for artistic and creative thinkers looking to turn their ideas into entrepreneurial successes.
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Karen Lemmert
Week 10
Oct 26 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
Karen Lemmert’s sculptural work involves mechanical orchestration and assemblage. It is influenced by geometric patterning and sequencing and strives to create phenomenological effect through tectonic construction. Her tinkerer mentality has been exhibited as part of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2016, 2014, at Palazzo Mora’s ‘Crossing Borders’ exhibition during the Venice Art Biennale 2015, & Artprize 2015. Recent group shows include exhibitions at Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, German Embassy London, AUP Fine Art Gallery at the American University (Paris), Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center, Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), Rimonim Gallery (Miami) and SODD Gallery (Louisiana). Lemmert taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a guest critic at Parsons & RISD. Publications including the [bracket] journal, ‘On farming’ and the Tenancias Portada, ‘Tiempo, espacio, existencia.’ Recent architectural works include concepts for a modular museum for the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore’s Lexington Market and a temporary installation for Baltimore Light City 2018. Lemmert received her Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Art Academy with concentrations in sculpture and painting. Under Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence, Peter Lynch, she participated in Sao Paulo’s Architectural Biennial. While in preparation for the biennial, Italian-born Brazilian Architect, Lina Bo Bardi & Brazilian Artist, Lygia Clark became strong influences in her work. Lemmert also earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree, magna cum laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, with watercolor studies under colorist and structuralist, Professor Mario Cortez and ceramic studies under Ellen Braaten.
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Jim Klagge - Ethics & Collectives
Week 11
Nov 02 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
A discussion of our ethical toolbox and Collective Action Problems.
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Week 12
Nov 09 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
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Week 13
Nov 16 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall
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Week 15
Nov 30 • 1:00 PM
Cowgill Hall