The program is only four-years old and at the end of the week, Utah State University’s Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) will be hosting their Senior Exhibit for the first graduating class to go through the program in its entirety. Senior students will be presenting their portfolios as well as final projects to the OPDD Industrial Advisory Board Friday, April 12th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Daines Concert Hall at USU, and the public is invited.
On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Chase Anderson said rather than just showing off cool new ideas and products when it comes to outdoor recreation, it is very much a development program.
“Our students really want to make products that are impactful, (they) see that in our consumer culture there’s a lot of products that frankly, probably don’t even need to exist,” explained Anderson. “Our students are very sustainability minded, they want to make stuff that matters. They want to make products that people are going to use for a long time and not just throw away, products that are going to make a difference.”
Products range from apparel to backpacks and tents, even a rooftop tent.
“Our program is so visual, we needed a culminating event for these graduating seniors to show-off their presentation skills as well as their technical skill when it comes to designing and putting together really innovative products. So, the format of the show is it’s kind of a reception, it’s an exhibit. You can come in and see…about 32 or 34 students who will be graduating.”
The goal of the program is to get those with great ideas, designers and developers prepared to leave the program and go right out into the workforce specifically in the sports and outdoor industry.
AUDIO: Chase Anderson of OPDD talks to Jason Williams on FTP