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MIT’s Integrated Design & Management (IDM) will host our 4th Annual Sales Gala on Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm in the Sloan School of Management Roberts Family Forum/Siteman Dining Room (located in MIT’s building E62, at 100 Main St., Cambridge, MA).

The IDM Sales Gala will showcase products designed, developed, and manufactured by IDM students. These beautiful and functional kitchen products will be available for purchase at the event and will make the perfect gift for someone you know. Stop by to shop and to learn more about the process and the program. Food and beverages will be served.


Aristotle Chopsticks

By: Helena Briones, Javier Trevino Ruiz, & Daniel Wollin, MD

Fuse, a set of chopsticks made from a combination of cherry, white oak, red oak, mahogany, and walnut that are locally sourced from upcycled wood. This variety of wood is united to form a beautiful banding pattern. Each chopstick is made by hand using food safe materials and the banding pattern is unique for each piece. The carrying case, also handmade, allows you to bring these chopsticks with you anywhere, creating a bond between you and your special set of utensils. Now you can stop using those wasteful single-use chopsticks at restaurants and make every meal a premium experience.

Instagram: @aristotlechopsticks



By: Sabira Lakhani, Ramaa Venkatachari, & Jenson Wu

Botanica is a handcrafted limited edition herb planter that brings life and flavour to your kitchen. Built with self-watering functionality, Botanica makes growing and using your own fresh herbs delightful. Crafted with premium Spanish Cedar, the planter is interactive and customizable, while elegantly becoming part of your cooking rituals. A small batch size planter, designed and crafted at MITidm.

Instagram: @mitbotanica


Footprint LAB

By: Joshua Creamer, Jairo Rodriguez-Travor, Anping Wang, Sharon Yan

Inspired by MIT’s dedication to address society’s greatest challenges, this 4-piece coaster collection celebrates MIT’s footprint in breakthrough innovations throughout history. During this holiday season, allow Footprint Lab to sparkimagination and conversation amongst you and your loved ones. Designed and crafted by MIT IDM students using gold-plated printed circuit board.

Instagram: @footprintlabmit



By: Colorful Onyx – Nikita Bansal, Lara Ortiz-Luis, & Tianqi Zhou

Manaslu means “mountain of the spirit.” Our hand poured wax is made from organic soy and beeswax to ensure natural and long burn times. They’re scented with MUJI essential oils, selected to evoke the Himalayan ambiance. The base is handcrafted concrete, conjuringthe majesty and grandeur of this beautiful Nepalese mountain. This winter, we invite you to take nature back home with you.

Instagram: @manaslucandle



By: Sofia Blumencweig, Dipo Doherty, Ameneh Fadaie, & a.d. stinnett

Taking cues from Metisthe Greek goddessof deep thought and reflection, Metis was designed, handworked, etched, and finished at MITusing both modern processes and ancient metal-bending techniques. Metis represents the parallel exploration of physical material and spiritual movement. We searched for the most powerful ways to imbue emotioninto the rigid structural makeup of [metal] in its default state. Use Metis to serve anything you wish to share: from experiences to feelings.

for: mindful pursuit
from: human minds @ mit

Instagram: @mit.metis



By: Luciana Bueno, Chris Lloyd, & Jasmine Qin

Saturna is a one-of-a-kind decorative tableware inspired by the shape of the sixth planet, bringing a sense of balance, beauty, mindfulness to your dining table. Combining old and new manufacturing processes, each piece is bestowed with naturally occurring uniqueness in its color, sound, and pattern. This vessel is made from metal sand casting, a process that has been practiced for over 3000 years. The surrounding wooden rim is locally and sustainably sourced. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Museum of Science Boston education programming. Designed and crafted at MIT.




By: Chinh Bui, Blanca Foncillas, & Samip Jain

A playful spice set for your dining table hand-crafted from high quality wood for you and your loved ones to enjoy gathering around the table during any family occasion. 

Instagram: @mitsavor


Shot Drop

By: Shana Opperman, Priyanka Ray Barua, & Kevin Yu

Life is about making special memories with friends and family. With the Shot Drop, create shared moments of surprise, delight and joy with this novel shot pourer. Engineered at MIT for precision and designed for fun, gather and cheer as your favorite drink mimics the Charles River in a cascade that overflows and fills each glass with no-spill. As a bonus, it doubles as a unique hosting tray for party snacks, dips and treats. Choose from a frosted textured design as pictured, or a deep red with the MIT domecrowning the top. Custom engraving is welcomed and the set includes 4 stainless steel shot glasses. Cheers from MIT!

Instagram page: @Shot_drop
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Tony Hu Named MIT Integrated Design & Management Academic Director

MIT alumnus excited to be back on campus in new role

By Sarah Foote


Antonio Hu, SB ’87, (Tony) has always enjoyed putting his teaching and product development skills to use creating new products and teaching others about engineering and product design. He recently began his new role as MITidm Academic Director after IDM Founding Director Matt Kressy approached him about taking the position. Hu was intrigued with the program as he liked the idea of putting his engineering, design, and business skillset to use while teaching.

Hu earned a master’s degree in product design from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT. He brings over 25 years of experience as head of product development at startups and large corporations to IDM. Hu has brought over 200 consumer products to market globally, including electronics, appliances, toys, and sporting goods. While a consultant, Hu helped both nascent and Fortune 500 companies with strategy, design, engineering, and sourcing. As an inventor, he’s licensed 22 products and has 17 patents. For 13 years, Hu has taught product design at both MIT and Stanford.

“This is a once-in-life-opportunity to get in on the formative stage of a program that’s so unique − to partner with a team and make a difference. I’ve always done some teaching and really enjoyed it. After learning more about the program and how unique it is, because IDM fully integrates three disciplines − business, design, and engineering into the program, I became really excited about the position,” Hu said.

At the heart of the two-year graduate program is the core curriculum known as ID Lab that meets two days per week. In this studio-based environment, students learn new concepts through lectures, seminars, and workshops, and then practice these concepts on their own projects. Each year students are required to design and engineer a product (this year a kitchen product) and then sell it at the semester ending Sales Gala.

“Tony has a background in engineering but practices design. The work he does starts from the inception of a concept, takes it to design, and then moves to manufacturing. He understands the entire practice,” Kressy said, adding, “He brings a valuable perspective to IDM and I believe our students will adopt his philosophy that design and business are critical components to being a good engineer. They’ll learn from his experience bringing products to market.”

Hu believes the hands-on experience will be eye-opening for IDMers − especially for those who don’t have a background in developing products.  “Manufacturing is fun. Our students will realize the impact of the design they’re making. They’ll see how important it is that they work together as a group,” Hu said. “Seeing the ‘ah-ha’ moments is great. Students will learn the value of working with others to solve problems and quickly understand that it’s a more powerful way to work.”

IDM Faculty Co-director Steve Eppinger agrees, “Tony brings experience as an engineer, designer, entrepreneur, and educator to the IDM teaching team. He will become a trusted mentor to IDM students in the midst of career transitions.”
Hu met the new student cohort at Orientation this August. He joined the students on a two-day trip to hike and camping trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The students returned to campus for their first design task. Each student was asked to design and create a musical instrument. Then, they formed bands, performed music together, and busked on the streets of Cambridge to raise money for Innovators for Purpose.

“IDM students are such a high caliber group of people. They’re from very diverse work backgrounds and from all over the world. It is great to see them get to know each other and work together,” Hu said.

Hu believes the integrated approach taught in IDM will have a big impact on the students as future leaders. “Whatever companies they join will see that IDMers think differently about business − from the way they select their products, to how they can impact the bottom line. IDM [alums] will help minimize the risk and maximize the outcomes for their organizations,” Hu said.

IDM Faculty Co-director Warren Seering is also happy to have Hu onboard. “Tony is educated as both an engineer and a product designer. He has substantial professional experience in both areas as well. His teaching experience at MIT has shown him to be an outstanding instructor. He brings to IDM an ideal mix of backgrounds and interests and a commitment to teaching. We’re very pleased to have brought Tony onto the IDM team,” Seering said.

For more information about the MITidm program, or to apply, please visit:

Matthew S. Kressy, IDM Founding Director

Matthew S. Kressy, founding director of the MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM)master’s degree, is an expert in product design and development. As an entrepreneur and founder of Designturn, he has designed, invented, engineered, and manufactured products for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.

Kressy believes in interdisciplinary, collaborative, design-driven product development derived from deep user research, creative concept generation, and rapid prototype iteration. He is passionate about the implementation of these elements in the design process. In fact, since 1999, Kressy has co-taught collaborative courses in product design and development at top design and business schools including the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Harvard Business School.

As IDM director, Kressy leads curriculum development and teaches the program’s primary and required courses. He holds a BFA in industrial design from RISD.

Virtual Chat With IDM Admissions


Lesley Perera of the IDM Admissions Team

Please join us online for a chat session with the IDM Admissions Team!

Friday, February 19, 2016
Noon – 1pm EST

At the virtual chat session, IDM admissions staff will be available to answer questions you have about your application, and the IDM program structure and curriculum.

Join WebEx meeting

Meeting number: 642 531 285
Meeting password: idmadmissions

Join by phone
+1-617-324-0000 US Toll Number
Access code: 642 531 285
Mobile Auto Dial:+1-617-324-0000,,,642531285#

 For specific questions about this event, please contact Lesley Perera at or call 617.452.2432.

Join us for an IDM Information Session

Thursday, November 5, 2015,


in our Integrated Design Lab.

You will have the opportunity to learn about this groundbreaking program for early-to-mid career design, engineering, and business professionals, network with IDM faculty, students, and staff, and discuss career opportunities.

You can find a recording of the info session here. 

If you are unable to be on campus, join us on YouTube. That’s right, we will be live streaming the presentation and panel discussion.