Your School. Our Future.
While the School of Industrial Design has made great leaps in the past five years and is now ranked in the top ten—2 for undergrads and 7 for grads—for both its undergraduate and graduate programs, there is still a funding gap for student scholarships. In order to recruit the best and brightest students we must offer competitive scholarships to students who have been admitted to Tech and who have financial need.
As the only Industrial Design program in the University of Georgia System, our graduates are prepared to have careers in robotics to smart phones and from medical equipment to sporting goods, as well as becoming leaders in design thinking and practice.
Support the Students
The key to our future is our students. Awarding an undergraduate scholarship or graduate fellowship to these talented and ambitious young people can directly impact their success. Competition has never been more fierce and many schools have substantial resources to attract students. You can make a difference by establishing a permanent endowment to fund scholarships or fellowships.
Both individuals and corporations can create a lasting legacy in the school and in the lives of students through substantial educational and living support.
Support the Faculty
Attracting the most promising, talented and successful faculty -- teacher-scholars and practitioners -- is vital for our students and for the school. The faculty is a driving force in the program through their work in the design studio, the classroom and the professional design community. Given the collaborative nature of innovation in the design process, the School of Industrial Design realizes the value of partnerships with design practitioners who could create essential links between the design industry and our school.
Creating corporate or individual professors of the practice with a permanent endowment fund would allow for collaboration with industry for students and establish potential professional opportunities after completing their degree/graduation.
It’s simple. Both students and faculty are drawn to programs of extraordinary quality: a cutting edge curriculum, rising star lecturers, international study, corporate partnerships and material resources with in the school. Students want multiple opportunities in their courses, research and professional outreach/connections.
Sponsored design studios, lectures, or internships would have significant impact on enriching the program in industrial design. You can help the School remain at the forefront of design education.
Equipment & Technology
Industrial Design is a technologically intensive field and it is vital that the school remain at the leading edge in its approach to design education. In order to offer our students access to current and next generation of technology/equipment the must maintain currency in 3D printing, computer controlled equipment and 3D surface scanning technology.
While we must maintain equipment currency, we are eager to create a Materials Technology and Process Reference Library that would house material samples, physical and video demos. You can have a lasting impact on the quality of the program by contributing to the school’s equipment and technology fund.
Reaching out to Atlanta’s professional design community to create collaborative and beneficial partnerships for our students and faculty is a top priority for the School of Industrial Design. Sponsored design studios or special projects are just a few opportunities for collaboration and connection. Corporate sponsorship increases name recognition for you and offers a valuable “real life” experience for our students.
Getting involved through philanthropy is an opportunity to raise your corporate profile on campus and to establish a rapport with the next generation of designers.
How to Make Your Gift
If you would like to make a difference, you can contact Susan Sanders, Director of Development in the College of Architecture to discuss your philanthropic goals at 404 385 7085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.