These awards are made by IDSA's Executive Committee to individuals whose involvement in and support of design has made him or her a special friend of the profession and major contributor to its long-term welfare and importance.
In an effort to encourage, reward and celebrate excellence in industrial design education, IDSA student chapters nominate their best and brightest for the Student Chapter Merit Award Competition. Each student chapter holds a competition, juried by professional designers, to select one winner who will represent their school at their District Conference. The winner from each school presents at their District Conference, and a jury of professional designers select the National Student Merit Award winner for each district.
Nick Poteracki from Lake Zurich, Ill., won first place in the Eye for Why, a Dyson international design competition, for his water bottle filtration system. Poteracki's Drop Portable Water Filtration Unit replaces the traditional water bottle with one that has filters near the spout.
Students in Georgia Tech's Industrial Design Program gain additional professional development skills from their active, local student chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Though the involvement of this local chapter, students have the opportunity of entering IDSA's annual Student Merit Awards program where one outstanding senior from each of the five district conferences is selected to represent his district an upcoming National Conference.