Almost all design programs in the US and some international schools are represented by IDSA either through individual faculty members or through the on-campus IDSA Student Chapters. These entities are set up as support groups to help students to connect to and interact with the profession as they work their way from learning into professional life. The interests and issues of Educators are represented at the IDSA Board though the Education Council.
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.
Mark Palmer, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s industrial design program won the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) National Student Merit Award at its northeast district conference in spring 2006. Palmer beat out design students from nine other universities in the northeast area of the country. RIT students have won the award two of the three years since the award’s inception.
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.
Art uses creativity for self-expression. Sometimes that expression contributes to the development of culture. Design uses creativity to solve problems. Problem solving is at the core of what is commonly called innovation and often contributes to the development of economic value. To create value, you have to know how to solve problems effectively.