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January 31, 2011 | Cecelia Fielding

The Brigham Young University Industrial Design Program in the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will host the 2nd Annual Industrial Design Symposium Thursday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Roland A. Crabtree Technology Building.

Thursday’s events are open to the public and will begin with a pizza social and product exhibition in the CTB second floor lobby. Following the social, Susan Perkins, vice president of global design at Tupperware Brands Corporation, will speak on “Evolution of Design at Tupperware” at 6:45 p.m., followed by Steve McDonald, principal at Face Plant, who will discuss “Considered Design: Inspiration, the Future and Staying Curious” at 8 p.m., both in 214 CTB.

Friday morning will feature industrial design student workshops and discussions. Beginning at 1 p.m., workshops will be led by Ashley Menger, senior interaction designer from Frog Design, and Paul Backett, industrial design director from Ziba Design.

At 7 p.m., BYU alumni Andres Parada (Gravitytank), Dan Howell (BYU MBA student), Jacob Wilson (Kate Spade) and Noci Li (Kaleidoscope) will participate in a panel discussion on “My Design Adventures Post-BYU.”

For more information, visit or contact Bryan Howell at (801) 422-7753 or e-mail at

Writer: Mel Gardner