Raja Schaar, IDSA (she/her) is Director and Assistant Professor of the Product Design Program at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. She co-chairs IDSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is the past Education Director for the organization. Raja is an industrial designer with an extensive background in museum exhibit design and healthcare design. She is passionate about ways design can make a positive impact on social inequities at the intersections of health equity, environmental justice, and STEAM education.
Raja studies the ethical implications of design and technology through her research and her teaching through the lenses of science fiction, speculative design, and social entrepreneurship. Her current projects address biases maternal health through wearable technology and participatory design; community-based co-design for engaging black girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM/STEAM through design, technology, and dance; and biologically-inspired design, sustainability, and climate justice.
Raja received her BSID from Georgia Tech in 2001 and completed her graduate work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003.