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Industrial Design Advisory Board

About our Advisory Board

The Industrial Design Advisory Board  (idAb) is a collection of alumni and friends working together to help shape and support the Virginia Tech Industrial Design program. Through advice, advancement, and advocacy, idAb seeks to ensure students are supported and prepared for professional success. The board meets six times throughout the year with program representatives as advisors to the growing nature of the profession.  Board members organize mentorship to students, alumni communications and events, and student scholarships. 

If you would like to work with students as a mentor, idAb recruits senior capstone mentors in the fall for spring semester, as well as single design review jurors, you can contact the board through their email. We hope our community will please consider giving a donation to idAb! Funds will be used for student scholarships and awards, resource donations to the Industrial Design program, networking opportunities, workshops, and alumni events. 

You can follow current activities on LinkedIn or the idAb webpage.

Become More Involved with idAb

Do you love Virginia Tech Industrial Design (VTID)? Would you like to be more involved with the VTID program? If yes, consider applying to become an idAb Member! VTID alumni, industry professionals, donors, and other stakeholders who represent a spectrum within, and adjacent to, the industrial design community are welcome to apply. Membership is not limited to alumni of Virginia Tech, and may include thought leaders without Virginia Tech alumni connections. Responsibilities for board members include:

+ Regularly participate (virtually or physically) in respective committee meetings.
+ Executive Members and Committee Chairs may attend planning and student events at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.
+ Encouraged to attend idAb-sponsored events, especially if the event takes place within the member’s geographic region.
+ Encouraged to financially support idAb at a level that is commensurate with ability.

To apply, please email with the subject “idAb Member Application,” and include your full name and contact information with a letter of interest and resume in PDF format. Please include the following details in your letter:
+ Are you a VT IDS Alumni? If yes, please include your graduation year.
+ Why do you think you would be a good fit for idAb? Are you interested in professional development or service to students? 
+ Would you say that you have 4-10 hours per month to commit to IDAB within the first year of its development?

Current Board Members