Akshay Sharma
Chair, Industrial Design Program

B.Arch., School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

M.S.D., Arizona State University

B.Arch., School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

M.S.D., Arizona State University

Akshay Sharma is passionate about creating thin interfaces in analogue as well as digital media and about using design as a catalyst for the empowerment of women. Currently he is working on projects related to: micro financing with an NGO in India; the use of cell phones for creating a more efficient process in maintaining immunization records for developing countries; and developing a foot measurement system with jaipur foot. He is also working on a new methodology for easier learning of 3D modeling applications for design students. He divides his time between the United States and India. He is developing a graduate level online certificate course that will combine learning of sketching with 3D modeling and the history of industrial design.

He obtained his B.Arch. from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and his Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Professor Sharma has served as Chair of the IDSA Design for the Majority Professional Interest Section. He has been involved in doing research on Design for the Bottom of the Pyramid and leads the Industrial Design for Learning and Empowerment courses and study abroad initiatives at Virginia Tech. ID4Learning encompasses projects focused on financial literacy, collective learning environments using affordable digital technologies, and language independent, scalable instruction systems for descriptive geometry.

Research interests

Design Thinking
Design for Social Impact
Visualization (Analogue as Well as Digital)
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Problem Solving

courses taught

  • IDS 2015 | Industrial Design Laboratory II
  • IDS 2016 | Industrial Design Laboratory II
  • IDS 2065 | Design Visualization | Analog
  • IDS 2066 | Design Visualization | Digital
  • IDS 3224 | Module | Bottom of the Pyramid – India
  • IDS 3224 | Module | Adv Marker Rendering
  • IDS 3224 | Module | Adv Design Visualization
  • IDS 3224 | Module | Modeling in Rhinoceros
  • IDS 4974 | Independent Study
  • Snowboard Design and Construction
  • Financial Literacy
  • App Development | Vaccination

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