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August 09, 2012

Eric Anderson Named Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Eric AndersonEric Anderson, associate professor of industrial design and co-director of the Master in Product Development Program in the School of Design, has been named associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

In addition to serving as associate dean, Anderson will continue to teach the award-winning Integrated Product Develop capstone course with faculty from mechanical engineering and business. He also teaches undergraduate design studios.

"Eric's experience working with units across the campus, his interdisciplinary interests and his strong organizational skills offer assurance of a smooth transition from Barbara Anderson's skills and success in those areas," said Dan J. Martin, dean of the College of Fine Arts in announcing the appointment. "His work in integrated product development has been successful in helping a broad range of students effectively shape ideas and express their voices within the design process."

Anderson received a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the Philadelphia College of Art, and master's degrees from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining academia, he spent more than a decade as a full-time design practitioner for corporate departments and consulting firms based in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. He currently serves on the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Board of Directors as Chairman-Emeritus and also is a member of the IDSA Academy of Fellows. He is committed to community outreach and has engaged youth labeled as "at risk" in critical thinking and problem solving through his design camp.