The department has an advisory council comprised of local design professionals representing both design consultancies and product manufacturers and is chaired by a nationally known design educator, Dr. Jim Kauffman. The group meets with the department faculty at least once per year to provide industry expertise and insight for curriculum development and strategic planning.
12-13 Advisory council members
- Jim Kaufman, FIDSA, Kaufman & Company
- Jeff Samson, President, Samson Design Associates, Inc.
- Tim Bingaman, General manager, Cooper Lighting
- Cheng Kue, Senior designer, Crocs Inc.
- Vincent Mares, Design manager, American Recreation Products
- Brett Vladika, Director of product development, Boa Technology Inc.
- Nathan Zwetzig, Senior designer, Thule Organization Solutions Inc.