Bright ideas from Design Process
class take over Mays ideas contest


Students enrolled in the Design Process class offered at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture submitted most of the entries that advanced to the finals of the annual Ideas Challenge Contest.

Sponsored annually by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, students campuswide enter the contest with their ideas of the next great product or service. Their entries are judged by a jury of successful members of the business and academic world.

Of the 38 business ideas that judges advanced to the final round, 23 were from the Design Process class, taught by architecture professors Rodney Hill and Jorge Vanegas.

Students with the contest’s top 10 ideas will be awarded at a reception May 6.

Having so many of the top entries from students in the Design Process class is something that happens every year.

In 2008, students taking the class in the spring semester grabbed the second place award and three of the top eight awards.

“Design thinking pays off,” said Hill. “Our students’ success in the ideas challenge and other competitions demonstrates why several business schools around the country have hired professors out of design schools to teach design thinking to their MBA programs.”


- Posted: May 1, 2009 -

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