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Design Lecture in Conjunction with InnovationErie 2010

Penn State, The Behrend College, will host a lecture on interdisciplinary design on April 29 at 6 p.m.

Erie, PA, April 15, 2010 --( In conjunction with the Erie Art Museum’s 2010 InnovationErie Design Competition, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host A Designer’s Brief, “A Discussion of Design and Interdisciplinary Team Development.” The discussion, presented by SAM & ED (a group consisting of professionals in the fields of science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design), features an impressive panel of speakers, all experts in their respective fields.

About the Discussion
Title: SAM & ED Presents: A Designer’s Brief
SubTitle: A Discussion of Design and Interdisciplinary Team Development
When: Thursday, 4/29/10 @ 6pm
Where: Penn State Behrend REDC 180, Samuel P. “Pat” Black III Conference Center

6pm – Introduction then panel presentations by:
Jason Williams, Penn State Behrend
Kurt Duska, Engineered Plastics
Lisa Austin, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
6:45pm - Audience Q&A with panel
7:15-8 pm - refreshments & networking
The event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Jason Williams
Jason is a Lecturer in Engineering at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in the Plastics Engineering Technology program. He teaches courses related to plastic part design, computer aided design, and the product development process. Prior to teaching at Penn State Erie, he operated his own product development firm which specialized in plastics product design. He has developed products in the medical, toy, and consumer industries. Several of the products he has worked on have received industry awards and he has 10 patents credited to him. In addition to teaching, he currently developing the curriculum for a Certificate in Medical Plastics and coordinating the startup of a medical plastics center at the school.

Kurt Duska
With over 25 years of engineering, design and manufacturing experience, Kurt Duska has assisted in the commercialization of a diverse range of products, from consumer candles to tractor trailer mud flaps, and from children’s toys to magnetically charged plastic parts for automated separation. Most recently, Kurt has begun the development of a recycled product development supply chain, from medical plastic waste aggregation all the way through to final product manufacturing and distribution.

Lisa Austin moved to Pennsylvania in 1996 to teach 3D Design and Sculpture at Edinboro University. Erie’s historic homes, churches, schools, parks, commercial spaces and industrial buildings led Austin to make her home in the city. During a 2004 sabbatical, Austin founded CIVITAS - an artist collaborative working on aesthetic and functional interventions in public space. Through CIVITAS, Austin founded a conversational, self-proclaimed “think tank” named SAM & ED that met from 2005-2008. SAM & ED lives on in several hardworking community groups: the Save the Villa Chapel committee, the Erie Center for Design & Preservation, the public transportation group, All Aboard Erie, and the product design competition, InnovationErie. Austin works with the leaders of these four groups and also serves on the city’s Zoning Hearing Board. This summer, Austin is collaborating on a temporary public garden that will address the northwest corner of East 16th and Parade Streets.

About InnovationErie
The inaugural design competition, held in 2009, and organized by professionals in the science, art, manufacturing, engineering and design (SAM & ED) industries, emerged as product design competition allowing people in northwest Pennsylvania to showcase their product ideas, with the possibility of taking them to the next level: the marketplace.

Four prizes totaling more than $17,000 in cash and in-kind services were awarded to contest winners. These award recipients have been working with a team of economic and business development specialists on moving their products to the marketplace.

Now in its second year, InnovationErie Design Competition 2010 offers an opportunity for all individuals, 18 and older, to compete for prizes that provide not only monetary rewards, but also chances to advance their ideas through professional assistance including prototyping, business plan development, logo design, etc. The contest begins by submitting an electronic application to by midnight, May 10, 2010. Design entries will be juried by an independent panel of competition judges who will select semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will exhibit works at the Erie Art Museum where they'll compete for cash, assistance prizes and a community-selected Best of Show award.

Contact Information
Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller

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