BusinessWeek ranks ND Industrial Design among top programs

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame’s industrial design program is among the top five international programs, in terms of awards won in the last five years, according to rankings published last month in BusinessWeek magazine.

The recipient of four International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the last five years, Notre Dame Industrial Design is tied with Hong-ik University, Seoul National University and California College of the Arts, with four awards each. The Art Center College of Design is ranked No. 1.

“Our IDEA winnings date back to the late 1990s,” said Paul Down, associate professor of industrial design. "Since then, we have won first-, second- and third-place awards in the International Housewares Student Design Competition, a second-place Dyson Award, the Mazda Design Challenge, and an invitation to be the only North American program to participate on the Electrolux Global Design Team. In the past two years, Notre Dame seniors Mansour Ourasanah and Ashley Ceniceros were voted by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) as the best prepared industrial design students in the Midwest.

“Our most recent objectives to embrace social design, universal design and sustainable design have all helped galvanize logic and purpose in our professional and academic endeavors to better serve real needs with responsible and genuine solutions.”

Established in 1980 by BusinessWeek and the IDSA, IDEA is a program dedicated to fostering business and public understanding of the importance of industrial design excellence to the quality of life and economy.

Contact: Paul Down, 574-631-6836,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on August 21, 2008.