Dell King, the visiting professor of the Industrial Design Senior Studio at Western Washington University, has donated $103,000 to establish a perpetually endowed scholarship for Industrial Design students.
The Dell King Industrial Design Scholarship Award will be given annually to the Western Industrial Design student who is the Industrial Designers Society of America Student Merit Award winner.
“The ID program has been shaped by Dell King and has much to owe him for his service. This scholarship will be an exciting reward to our outstanding student who has worked diligently and performed brilliantly through their time at Western,” said Western Industrial Design Professor Jason Morris.
King joined the WWU Industrial Design program in 1984, revised and updated its curriculum, and has taught the senior studio courses ever since. At the time, he was the corporate design manager at Fluke Corporation and then became the president and CEO of TEAGUE, the largest industrial design company of the Pacific Northwest. While holding these positions he has driven 180 miles every Tuesday and Thursday to teach the senior ID studio at Western for over 30 years. In 2011, the Industrial Designer’s Society of America honored King with its Educator of the Year Award.
The Industrial Design program, part of Western’s College of Science and Engineering, prepares graduates to begin working as practicing designers in corporate, consulting or entrepreneurial positions.