Alex Lobos, professor and graduate program director of the MFA in Industrial Design, focuses on sustainability, emotional attachment and user-centered design as means to elevate quality of life. His research in computer-aided design, interdisciplinary education, sustainability and emotional design has been sponsored by companies such as Autodesk, AT&T, Colgate-Palmolive, General Electric, Kraft, MakerBot, Staples, Stryker, Sun Products, Unilever and Wegmans.
A flourishing research and design partnership between RIT and Autodesk was initially spearheaded by Lobos, who also explored the future of learning as a visiting fellow for the software company and is an advisory council member for Autodesk University. RIT and Autodesk’s agreement has opened professional doors for RIT students and resulted in them being provided exclusive access to alpha and beta versions of the company’s software, breakthrough effective access technology solutions and job hires.
In the making of the pictured stool, Lobos used generative design and Voronoi patterns to reduce the amount of material while also increasing strength. The result was an efficient design with an intricate appearance similar to those found in nature.