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  • Deana McDonagh, Professor, School of Art + Design has been recently named to the Edison Awards Steering Committee

    Deana McDonagh PhD., is Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and faculty at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. She is an experienced design practitioner and entrepreneur. She is an Empathic Design Research Strategist who focuses on enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability. 


    Senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds serve on the Edison Awards Steering Committee to monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year.

    During the Edison Awards nomination process, the Steering Committee reviews each nomination, selecting only those they believe merit consideration for an award. The approved applicants are put on a comprehensive ballot and sent to over 3,000 experienced senior business executives throughout the nation. The ballots are tabulated and the finalists are notified.

    In addition, the Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the Edison Achievement Award honorees. They review biographies, practices, and impact of nominees and select individuals who are on the cutting edge of innovation to receive the distinguished award.

  • Visitor Series: ShapeShifters Theme

    Surya Vanka
    “The Future of the Future”
    Thursday, September 3, 2015
    5:30 p.m.
    62 Krannert Art Museum,

    Surya Vanka, Professor Emeritus, School of Art + Design, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is a designer, corporate leader, educator and author who has worked at the leading edge of designing physical and digital experiences for over twenty-five years, most recently as director of user experience at Microsoft. He has taught design in more than 20 countries and is the winner of two Microsoft Engineering Best Practice Awards, a Microsoft Achievement Award, Accessibility Achievement Award, World Brand Congress Leadership Award. He is the author of two books on design, and his work has appeared in numerous venues, including Form, I.D., Design Council, WIRED, Interactions, the BBC and National Public Radio.

    Co-sponsors: Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artist Fund/College of Fine and Applied Arts, Ed Zagorski Visitors Series

  • Wheelchair voice amplifier wins an I-POC award

    Deana McDonagh (professor, Art + Design, Beckman), Skot Weidmann (Electrical and Computer Engineering), and Alexis Wernsing (undergraduate in art history) received an Illinois Proof of Concept Award that will enable them to evaluate, test, develop, and produce their wheelchair voice amplifier.

    Recipients were selected based on their innovation's potential for impact, both commercially and technologically.


  • Congratulations to Lauren Applebaum!

    Lauren Applebaum, Doctoral Candidate, Art History, is one of the 2015 Luce/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship Recipients for her dissertation entitled:

    Elusive Matter, Material Bodies: American Art in the Age of Electronic Mediation, 1865-1918

    The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art are awarded to graduate students in any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing, for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States. Although the topic may be historically and/or theoretically grounded, attention to the art object and/or image should be foremost.

    This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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