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Nov. 11: Carnegie Mellon Design Professor Elected President of Industrial Designers Society of America


Eric Sloss                            

Carnegie Mellon Design Professor Elected President
Of Industrial Designers Society of America

Eric AndersonPITTSBURGH—Eric Anderson, associate professor in Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, will become president of the Board of Directors and Education Council of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in January 2009.
Anderson is the first African-American to be elected president of IDSA and the only African-American ever elected to the Board of Directors. He will be the third educator and the third Carnegie Mellon School of Design faculty member to hold the post.
"The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon is extremely proud of Eric's successful election and appointment as president of the IDSA. We have known his tireless effort to further design's reach in the school for years. This national recognition of his abilities to contribute and lead gives us cause for celebration and congratulation," said Stephen Stadelmeier, interim head of the School of Design.    
The Industrial Designers Society of America is the nation's leading organization of professional industrial designers and is the publisher of Innovation Magazine, the monthly newsletter Design Perspectives and the annual Directory of Industrial Designers. It has more than 3,300 members and 28 chapters representing the best and brightest in the field.
At Carnegie Mellon, Anderson teaches courses in industrial design, design drawing, and product design and development while pursuing research in visualization across disciplines.
Active in the local community, Anderson is the founder of Design Camp, a weeklong summer experience for African-American boys. He is also founder of the design consulting firm To Envision, Inc. Anderson holds a master's degree in fine arts and a master's degree in design education from The Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the Philadelphia College of Art. His professional experience includes consulting for companies such as ACME Animation and Six Flags.
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