Richard Fry, IDSA, ITEA, Assistant Professor, Industrial Design Program | Brigham Young University
Industry needs employees. Educational institutions provide them. Because of that relationship, industry has become increasingly interested in supporting education in order to help determine the skill level of future employees.
Recently, General Motors, along Sun Microsystems and EDS as comembers of PACE (Partnership for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education) recently gave the largest single donation in its history to an educational institution in support of technology training. This was a very specific software donation “in-kind.” Similar in-kind donations (including funding) are often targets of industrial design programs as a means to getting support from industry.
This paper will focus on a broader definition of industry support, the development of long-term education/industry relationships, and the impact of these relationships on the educational experiences of the student.