MPD Co-Director & Associate Professor, School of Design
Eric Anderson is the Co-Director of the MPD program and an Associate Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches undergraduate design studio courses and co-teaches the Integrated Product Develop (IPD) capstone course in the Master in Product Development program, with faculty from CMU's Mechanical Engineering and Tepper School of Business. Anderson is also a Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
His research interests include interdisciplinary integrated product development, and developing “visual intelligence” ability in design and non-design students. He defines visual intelligence as the skill that allows participants in the design process to reason with complex information using varied tools and methods in order to shape visual representations.
Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Anderson spent over a decade as a full time design practitioner for corporate departments and consulting firms based in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area), where he designed a broad variety of products including medical instruments, tradeshow exhibits, corporate identities, and consumer products.
Anderson holds a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia College of Art, and an MFA and an MA in Design Education from The Ohio State University.