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Industrial Design Faculty and Staff

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Academic Advisor

Graduate Coordinator



Mirna Garza-Gonzalez

Lecturer, Industrial Design

Mailing Address

Industrial Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information



Mirna has 10 years of experience working with cross-functional departments and individuals, successfully collaborating and leading product development projects, process improvement projects, and sustainability initiatives. She graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico with a degree in Industrial Design and earned her MA in Sustainable Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She started her professional career as a Designer at the Schneider Electric Design Center in Monterrey, Mexico. She moved to Iowa in 2010 and worked for CIVCO Medical Solutions collaborating in the planning and execution of product development projects for national and international clients. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® from the Project Management Institute.


2013 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MA Sustainable Design
2006 Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico, BA Industrial Design

Research Interests

Mirna's research interests include: games and toys as tools for teaching and learning sustainable development principles and practices, and the relationship between innovation and sustainable design and development.


Mirna is teaching the Junior studios for Industrial Design (IndD 301, IndD 302 & IndD 499) in which students learn systematic design methodologies, advanced concepts in Industrial Design and the Application of Sustainable Design Frameworks for the Circular Economy.