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Philip White

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Area: Design
Category: Faculty
Title: Associate Professor
Office: DN 362
Phone: 480.727.6719
Specialty: Industrial Design, Master of Science in Design
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Philip White is an ecological design strategist who develops ecologically intelligent products and systems. He specializes in helping students and practitioners apply ecodesign strategies and advanced environmental impact assessment methods. He chairs the Ecodesign Section of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) where he established a partnership between IDSA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He organized the development of the Okala Ecological Design Curriculum that is used by more than 40 schools of product design in North America. He writes extensively about design and ecology and published in ID Magazine (New York), Items (The Netherlands), Curve (Australia), and Innovation (US).

Mr. White studied design with and was a confidant of Victor Papanek, received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas, and received his masters of three-dimensional design from Cranbrook Academy, Michigan. He designed products and was an ecodesign expert at IID (Japan), Philips Design, (The Netherlands), and Ziba and Fiori (USA). White won international product design awards (IF, ID magazine, IDEA) and holds 14 patents. He advises on impact assessment methodology to the Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition and is an active member of the LifeCycle Initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). He also serves on the ASU School of Sustainability faculty.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Credentials

Master of Fine Arts, Three Dimensional Design Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering University of Kansas

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Research Interests

lifecycle design, ecological design, life cycle impact assessment, Okala impact factors, sustainable design and development, design for recycling, green marketing, industrial ecology, carbon-neutral systems, greener materials

Sponsored and Applied Research

Okala Ecological Design, a curriculum for product designers. Sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Industrial Designers Society of America, co-developed with Louise St. Pierre (Emily Carr Inst. of Art + Design) and Steve Belletire (U. Southern Illinois Carbondale)

Lifecycle Assessment of a 1 KW Fuel Cell System. Sponsored by US EPA Region 10 for environmental impact assessment of a fuel cell system developed by Idatech

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