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Prasad Boradkar is an associate professor in the School of Design at Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds degrees in industrial design and mechanical engineering, and has held positions at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as well as ITT Technical Institute in California. At ASU, Prasad teaches studio, design history, and materials & processes at the undergraduate level, and a graduate course on design and cultural studies. The central objective of his research activities is to perform critical cultural analyses of objects, thereby expanding their accepted meanings in industrial design discourse. He is the co-founder of CriticalCorps, an interdisciplinary group of design researchers and educators who use critical and cultural theory as a means to understand the social significance of the designed environment and everyday life. He will be the Curriculum Leader for InnovationSpace for 2005-2006.(top of page)
Prasad is currently working on a book titled Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects, to be published by Berg Press in the UK in 2007.
He is also the Vice-Chair of the Arizona Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America.