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Suresh Sethi

Chair Industrial Design at School of Art+Design, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Suresh Sethi

Suresh Sethi is a professor and the Avery Chair of Industrial Design in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Professor Sethi has worked in America, China, Holland, Italy, India, and Singapore. He has been in a leadership role in a corporate environment – as Vice President, Design, Whirlpool Corporation in Asia. He has been a founding Professor of the School of Art, Design, and Media, in Singapore; he has even had his consultancy. For Sethi, design is not just a physical manifestation of material into a logical form – for him, design is about building relationships between - product and user, product and profits, product and production. He expands beyond the physical limits of materiality to an emotional level. His research on life under artificial light as multisensory interaction includes culture, emotion, and sensation is published as a book “Light Shines, Light Reflects.” His current research focuses on the role of design in visualizing AI for everyday interactions.

Balancing the Creative Equation: Harnessing the Power of Industrial Design in STEM

Education Symposium

Panel Discussion

August 25, 2023

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Join us as we dive into the dynamic relationship between design education and STEM, showcasing their inseparable bond in fostering innovation. We'll challenge traditional notions by celebrating design as an essential pillar of STEM, proving that advancements arise when analytical thinking and creativity intertwine. Our esteemed panelists hail from top institutions recognized for their cutting-edge design programs, where they embrace interdisciplinary approaches and nurture fruitful collaborations between design, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Prepare to be inspired as they share invaluable insights on cultivating creativity within STEM, propelling imaginative curricula, and championing the recognition of design's potential to drive progress in science and technology while enhancing user experiences. We'll reveal how industrial design is vital to breaking barriers in traditional STEM education and opening new avenues for inclusive and holistic problem-solving in today's world. Take advantage of this transformative discussion that will empower you to redefine the boundaries of design and STEM, paving the way for a future where innovation knows no limits.

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