Full Time Faculty
Denis Feigler, PhD
Dr. Denis Feigler graduated with a master’s degree and earned his Ph.D in Industrial Design at the Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest. After graduation, he became a corporate designer at MMG, then a major manufacturer of instruments and automated systems in Budapest.
After relocating to Canada in 1988, he worked as a design consultant for manufacturers and engineering firms, including Linamar, Polaa, CN Tool, NCT Technologies and B&B Design. In 1998, Feigler teamed up with Poissant Design Associates and assisted the company in developing products for a variety of clients, including Yahoo, Roots, MedX, Artful Winemaker, and Logitech.
In 2002, Feigler accepted a three-year teaching contract at Moholy-Nagy University, Budapest to teach design theory and consult on industry sponsored design projects. During the three years, Dr. Feigler worked with Electrolux, Braun, Mercedes Benz, Miele, and Hansgrohe, and directed design workshops and lectured at various conferences in Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, and the US. His research interest is design perception, form development and design semiotics. He studies the cultural relevance of form as the communication tool of social and cultural identity.
In 2005, Dr. Feigler was appointed director of the Industrial Design BFA program at Montclair State University.
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David Farrage was born in England and studied at Ravensbourne College of Design in London and as an exchange student at the Academy of Industrial Design in Eindhoven. After graduating from the Royal College of Art Industrial Design department, he went on to work for Ross Lovegrove in his London-based studio and travelled extensively to fuel his inquisitive passion for design.
After moving to Japan, Farrage joined the architectural and urban product manufacturer Sekisui Jushi based in Osaka, designing urban and street furniture for Japan’s urban centers. In 1995 Farrage returned to London to work for FM Design where he was responsible for the successful 450 Oyster luggage range for Samsonite based in Belgium. In 1996, Farrage moved to New York working for Smart Design, creating numerous award winning designs that have been exhibited in several museums around the world.
In 2000, Farrage joined Sony Design Center in New Jersey leading key projects for the U.S. market and strategic advanced product development projects in Tokyo. Farrage collaborated extensively with production engineering teams in California bring several audio visual products to market such as the WEGA and Bravia series. In 2006, Farrage founded his own design studio DF-ID, working for such clients as Toshiba, Sony, Movado, Lamborghini, Mrsteam, Altec Lansing, Kaz, PSB, Villeroy & Boch, Bluesound, NAD, and many others.
Larry Sliker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport. After graduation, he worked at Henry Dreyfuss Associates in New York City, one of the original consulting design firms, for 10 years. Desiring a more direct manufacturing experience, for nine years he joined the Swedish based road building equipment manufacturer Dynapac, in New Jersey. He then became Director of Industrial Design at Clark Material Handling Kentucky for the next six years. In 1995 he returned to New York to become Design Director at Walter Dorwin Teague, a pioneer Industrial Design firm.
In 1999 he founded Sliker Design, specializing in tools and industrial equipment. His clients include Ingersoll Rand, Blaw Knox, Volvo, Linde-Baker, and Terex. He has also worked with Jim Best ID, BioLite, and DF-ID on a variety of cutting edge products.
As a seasoned designer, Sliker is proficient in various 3D modeling software including Solid Works, Pro Engineer, Catia, and Cadcam. He is also skilled in the Adobe Creative Suite, Rhinoceros, and Hypershot. To augment his formal education, he has taken courses in Value Engineering, Quality Control, Office Space Planning, Project Management, Marketing, and Human Factors Engineering.
His over forty years of experience with a broad range of projects, products and services as well as professional contacts, allow him to provide a wealth of experiences for the next generation of Industrial Designers.
|Andrea L. Panico, M.ID.
BFA in Industrial Design
Andrea Panico earned a BS from Cornell University, and her Master of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute. She participated in a furniture design program at Denmark’s Designskol in Copenhagen. As an industrial designer, Panico has developed a strong background in the retail and to-the-trade markets. Her twenty years professional experience include positions as furniture designer, tabletop designer for retailer West Elm, and as the Director of Product Design and Licensing for world renowned interior designer Clodagh.
Panico has traveled extensively and been actively involved in the production of designs in a variety of settings including both domestic and international manufacturing facilities. She has been to factories across the globe and is skilled at working with contractors and production engineers of various disciplines to troubleshoot and value engineer products.
In 2005, Panico formed her own company, Pico Design, with the vision of creating jewelry, inspired by her love of architecture. The company name Pico, a short form of the Italian word piccolo (meaning little or small), reflects Panico’s belief that little details in the items we use, wear, or live in, can make a big impact on our daily experience.
Some of the great architects and buildings of the last 100 years inspired the resulting line of products, aptly called Little Architecture. As a product designer, Owner, and Creative Director Panico creates jewelry as “an architect of small things,” with a focus on unique connections and construction details.
Joseph Lombardo is an alumnus of the BFA Industrial Design program of Montclair State University, where he graduated in 2011. During his senior year, Lombardo interned at Movado Group Inc. (MGI) and after graduation, the company offered him a full-time associate designer position. He has since then been promoted to designer, launching a very promising design career.
In 2013, MGI named Lombardo employee of the year. Lombardo has designed many top selling timepieces across the various licensed brands of Movado Group, such as Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Ferrari. In addition to watch design, Lombardo is actively pursuing a consulting career developing products and brand identity for various start-up organizations.
With Lombardo's academic and professional experience, he joined the Industrial Design faculty to engage students as a recent Montclair State graduate, guiding them with his talented design instruction, and inspiring them with his impressive post-undergraduate industry achievements.
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