design

RISD Students Helping NASA Astronauts In Training

Dec 7, 2016
Aaron Read / RIPR

Students at Rhode Island School of Design are part of a new effort in astronaut training. The students helped design an imitation spacesuit to be used for training, solving a problem posed by actual spacesuits, which are too heavy and expensive.

Michael Lye is coordinating the NASA Project at RISD. He said no training suit has been able to fulfill astronaut needs and remain cost effective, until now.        

Aaron Reed / RIPR

Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda announced Wednesday that he is leaving the school for a job in Silicon Valley.

In a released statement, Maeda said he’s leaving RISD to take a job as a design partner with the top-tier venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Maeda leaves campus at the end of this semester, starting his new job next month. Maeda calls the move quote, “an irresistible pathway to strengthen design’s place in the digital age.”