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Innovation Design Academy Holds Inaugural Session

Thirteen East Carolina University faculty, staff and students have completed the inaugural Innovation Design Academy, an eight-week session focused on communicating and marketing innovation design concepts.

Participants learned practical sketching techniques, 2-D and 3-D digital imaging, model building, and presentation skills for three days a week in the sessions offered through ECU’s Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development. Percy Hooper, director of the industrial design graduate program at North Carolina State University, led the sessions.

ECU faculty and staff participants included Bob Chin (Technology Systems), Laurie Godwin (University Multimedia Center), Wayne Godwin (Art and Design), Marty Hackney (Entrepreneurial Initiative) and Marti Van Scott (Technology Transfer).

The academy condenses techniques taught in industrial design studios, culminating in participants’ communicating their ideas and innovations to a diverse audience. Participants develop their innovation projects using ECU’s Innovation Design Lab.

A companion lab under development at NCSU will be connected to the ECU lab through networked computing, video and voice communications systems. The academy and the network labs will support innovation, new product development, manufacturing, and ultimately economic transformation for eastern North Carolina.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 4, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at