CADC Awards Banquet @ Grand National Marriot Hotel
Thursday 26 October 2006


Howard Garrett, Carol Garrett, and Dr. Jan Garrett


Randy Bartlett, Kathy Patton, John McCabe, and Howard Garrett

CADC/INDD Distinguished Service Award
Howard Garrett

A graduate of Auburnís Industrial Design Program in 1950, Howard was born, raised and continues to reside in Bessemer, Alabama. After serving in the Army during World War II Howard returned to begin his academic career at the University of Alabamaís engineering program. He soon realized the error of his ways and transferred to Auburnís (APIís) fledgling industrial design program where in 1949 he co-founded the Industrial Design Forum.

Upon graduation Howard worked in the store planning and fixture industry and went on to found Howard Garrett & Associates Inc in 1960. His firm employed many Auburn architects, interior and industrial designers and provided store, product and fixture design services to the national retail market. In 1981 his firm evolved into HGA Products which provided total store interior design services to clients on an international scale.

For many years Howard Garrett Associates was the face of industrial design in Alabama. Howard is a charter member of the Industrial Design Advisory Council.

Howard and his wife of 58 years Carol raised two daughters, both Auburn graduates, Nan Garrett Keen of Birmingham and Dr Jan Garrett, an Auburn Research Fellow in Plant Pathology.

CADC/INDD Outstanding Faculty Award
Tsai-lu Liu

Assistant Professor Liu ďLuĒ, received his Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Cheng Kung University, Taiwan and MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University, before completing Auburnís Master of Industrial Design program in 1992.

Upon graduating with his MID degree he became a design and marketing manager for the industrial design firm, Design Principles, Huntsville, AL. In 1995 Lu returned to Taiwan to pursue a product management position in the game development and toy industry. In 2002 Lu founded his own company which specialized in the design of products for the disabled, many of which were marketed in Taiwan and Australia.

Since joining the faculty in 2004 Luís industry collaborative studios have developed products for Spectrum Brands which markets to Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowes stores; Unlimited Play, a St Louis based foundation which develops products for the disabled and HighStar, developer of family based interactive games (Foosball, etc.) This semester Luís industrial design studio is working with Building Science faculty member Steve Williams and his graduate students to develop new products for the construction industry.

This is the second year Lu has been selected to receive this award. He thanks everyone for their continuing support but unfortunately is currently presenting a paper at a Universal Design conference in Tokyo, Japan.

CADC/INDD Outstanding Graduate Student Award
John McCabe

John was raised in Pensacola, FL and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University in 2002. John worked for Chapman, Sisson Architects in Huntsville, AL and returned to Auburn in 2004. He graduated from the Industrial Design Post Baccalaureate Program, with Honors, in 2005 and was admitted to the Industrial Design Masters Program. John is scheduled to complete his thesis entitled ďParameters to Facilitate the Creation of Initial Response Capsules for Survivors of Prodigious DisastersĒ and receive his masters degree this December.

Since 2004 John has performed at an exemplary level in both his academic responsibilities and departmental service. He has served as a departmental Information Technology Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant (2D software, anthropometry and Ireland Program), Representative on the Student Advisory Council and officer in the IDSA Student Chapter.

John is a member of the Goldenkey, Tau Sigma Design and Phi Kappa Phi, design and academic honor societies. In 2005 he participated in the AU / INDD Ė UGA / LA collaborative program in Costa Rica. Upon graduation John will be working as a Visiting Instructor in our undergraduate program.

CADC/INDD Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Matt Gunter

Matt came to us from his home in Memphis, TN and was able to attend Auburn through an Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship. While enrolled in industrial design he received three Studio Prize Awards and appeared on the Deanís List four semesters. He is a member of Tau Sigma Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta and Goldenkey honor societies.

Last spring semester after being nominated, along with five other INDD students, for IDSA Merit Award candidacy his work was reviewed by three external examiners and he was selected for this award. As the IDSA Merit Award recipient he presented his work at the IDSA Southern District conference in Atlanta to an audience of approximately three hundred students and faculty from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, the University of Louisiana and University of Houston.

CADC/INDD Special Recognition
Professor Randall Bartlett

Over the past ten years Professor Randall Bartlett has served as the Director the Department of Industrial Design Ireland Traveling Studio. Many of the institutions that Randy has developed relationships with were invited to participate in this years 28th Annual Design Interaction Symposium which took place here last Friday.

Over these past 10 years 150 INDD students and 6 INDD faculty have participated in this program which collaborates with 3 schools in Ireland, 1 in Northern Ireland, 1 in Scotland and 1 in England. Over this time 7 students and 7 faculty from Ireland have come to Auburn to participate in our program.

As program Director Randy is responsible for student recruitment, schedule development, accommodation and flight reservations, fee collection and disbursement, and academic instruction.

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