Deana McDonagh PhD., is Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and faculty at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology.

She is an experienced design practitioner and entrepreneur. She is an Empathic Design Research Strategist who focuses on enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability.

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Senior executives with diverse marketing, scientific, and business backgrounds serve on the Edison Awards Steering Committee to monitor the development and successful launch of innovative products each year.

During the Edison Awards nomination process, the Steering Committee reviews each nomination, selecting only those they believe merit consideration for an award. The approved applicants are put on a comprehensive ballot and sent to over 3,000 experienced senior business executives throughout the nation. The ballots are tabulated and the finalists are notified.

In addition, the Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the Edison Achievement Award honorees. They review biographies, practices, and impact of nominees and select individuals who are on the cutting edge of innovation to receive the distinguished award.