Alex Lobos focuses in design, technology and emotional attachment as means to elevate quality of life. He is Professor and Graduate Director of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, in upstate New York. He is also a Visiting Fellow at software company Autodesk, where he explores the future of learning.
Alex’s research covers several areas, including emotional design, sustainability, computer-aided design and interdisciplinary collaboration. These efforts have been funded by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, Makerbot, Staples, Stryker, Sun Products, Unilever and Wegmans. He lectures and teaches frequently throughout Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Alex is recipient of the Eisenhart Award, RIT’s highest recognition for teaching excellence. He is member of the Advisory Council for Autodesk University, has been a juror for the International Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards and the Ibero-American Design Biennial, and has also worked as industrial designer for General Electric.
Alex was born in Guatemala, where he started his career as industrial designer, and in 2002 moved to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar. He holds a MFA from the University of Notre Dame and a BID from Universidad Rafael Landivar. He loves playing drums, long-distance running, and spending time with his family.
In the News
March 4, 2019
RIT and Autodesk sign agreement that expands collaboration across university
Rochester Institute of Technology and Autodesk, the international software company whose name is synonymous with computer-aided design (CAD) software, have signed a partnership agreement that will expand RIT’s multidisciplinary educational initiatives with Autodesk across the university.
April 12, 2018
Industrial design professor combines passions at RITAssociate Professor Alex Lobos is one of the recipients of this year’s Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching.
November 10, 2020
Lobos’ lamp design included in Ibero American Design Biennial
September 19, 2019
Professor named Visiting Fellow
April 19, 2018
CAD staff and faculty recognized at Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship
Stryker - sponsored project
MFA Industrial Design, BFA Industrial Design, BFA Graphic Design
Home, Health and Aging in Place This interdisciplinary course is sponsored by Stryker, leading manufacturer in the medical industry, and will focus on healthcare solutions for the home. Healthcare is...
Makerbot & Autodesk - sponsored project
MFA ID students
Iterations & Connections The goal of the course was to explore the iterative use of analog and digital tools in design development processes. Projects were sponsored by Autodesk and Makerbot. A...
GE Appliances - sponsored project
BFA and MFA ID students
Appliances for Sustainable Behavior This collaboration between RIT’s Industrial Design program and General Electric focuses on developing new systems for laundry and refrigeration that integrate...