When 14-year-old Leo Chen began dissecting computers in his native Taiwan, he had only a faint idea of what design was. His Chinese upbringing did predispose him to understanding harmony. With that deep appreciation of how things flow together, he has emerged from the University of Houston (UH) as a certified problem solver.
2011 SMA | David Fustino, IDSA | Wentworth Institute of Technology
Like any designer, David Fustino has learned to solve problems on the fly, work within a unit, express his individual style and persevere through the worst situations. The difference between him and the rest of us: he began learning those skills on a soccer pitch.
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.