Since last year proved a successful inaugural collaboration, Procter and Gamble and IDSA have teamed up again this year in their School Collaborative Program. This year's theme was "Aging Consumers: Men, Women, and Couples". The recently announced finalists include Virginia Tech, Arizona State University, University of Cincinnati, and Ohio State University. The selected teams will receive significant funding to pursue their projects, and the results will be presented in April 2006 in Cincinnati.
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Stephanie Tharp received a master of industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor of mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, and coordinator of their foundations program.
She has work experience with Ford Motor Company, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Armstrong Industries, and amazon.com. Most recently, with her husband, Bruce, Stephanie runs Materious, a design studio that produces discursive and speculative design work. They are currently working on a book, Design as Discourse: Tools for Thinking, which seeks to further legitimize and problematize alternate forms of design practice that extend designers’ cultural agency.