Raja Schaar is an industrial designer, museum exhibition designer, and STEAM education evangelist. Her research focuses is on K-16 design pedagogy, innovation and entrepreneurship, human-centered design methodologies, STEM/STEAM education, biologically inspired design, and sustainability. She is an active museum exhibition designer working with community organizations, National Parks, and museums all over the country.
Raja works to infuse her teaching with human-centered design methodologies grounded in making and prototype-testing. Schaar pushes her students to apply design thinking to the development of devices and products that positively impact the lives of users. Her approach is fueled by over 15 years of experience as both an industrial designer and university design instructor. Before joining Drexel's faculty Raja taught at GA Tech in both the Colleges of Design and Engineering. Favorite Course topics include medical devices, wearable technology, exhibition design, sustainable design, biologically-inspired design, and service design.
In addition to her decade-long practice as a museum exhibit designer and design educator, Raja has also served as the Coordinator of School Programs at the High Museum of Art, and the Director of Programs and Operations at Museum of Design Atlanta. Raja speaks on Industrial Design, STEAM and design education at conferences and workshops all over the US, and is currently working on revolutionizing the breast pump.
BS Industrial Design, Georgia Tech, 2001
MA Art Education, School of the Art institute of Chicago (SAIC), 2003
Ackerman, J. and Schaar, R. (2016). *Clinical Observational Design Experience – A Large Design Oriented Clinical Immersion Course Based in an Emergency Department. *Unpublished Paper to be presented *at *VentureWell Open 20th annual conference, Portland*. *
Schaar, R. Jacobson, M., and Rains J. (2015). *Jump-starting Biomedical Design Education in the Sophomore Year: A human-centered approach. *Paper presented at VentureWell Open 19th annual conference, Washington D.C*. *
Schaar, R. and Shankwiler, K. *Design Gateway: Pedagogical Discussion of a Second-Year Industrial Design Studio*. 24th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, 2008.
- Teaching Museum North, IMPACT: *World War II, *Roswell, GA, 2016
- Teaching Museum North, *Depression Era Kitchen Recreation, *Roswell, GA, 2014
- GA Tech Biomedical Engineering Display Cases, Atlanta, GA, 2014
- Old Stone Church BiRacial History Project Historical Markers, Atlanta, GA 2009 & 2012, 2014
- Teaching Museum North, *Depression Era Kitchen, *Roswell, GA, 2014
- 60 Years of Distinguished Women at the GA Tech College of Architecture*, Atlanta, GA, 2013
- XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design, *Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2013
- de Sakhnoffsky: The Illustrations and Works of Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky*, Atlanta, GA, 2013
- GA Tech College of Architecture Library Exhibition Windows, Atlanta, GA 2012
- GA Tech *Career Services History *Wall, Atlanta, GA, 2012
- Zoo Atlanta, *Traders Alley *AZA concept booklet; Atlanta, GA, 2011
- MODA, *Love Nests: Photographs and Objects*; Atlanta, GA, 2010
- National Park Service, Ocmulgee National Monument; Macon, GA, 2009
- Wind Creek Casino, Atmore AL, 2009
- Museum of Design Atlanta, *Made in GA: Made in School*; Atlanta, GA 2008
- Rome Area History Museum, Capital Campaign Concept Book & Sketches; Rome, GA, 2007
- American Museum of Natural History, *Darwin’s Study*, Traveling Exhibition, 2007
- GA Sea Turtle Center, Illustrations; Jekyll Island, GA, 2007
- The Audubon Institute, Fish Tank Façade; New Orleans, LA, 2007
- Evansville African American Museum; Evansville, IN, 2007
- Greensboro Historical Museum, *Welcome to the Gate City!*; Greensboro, NC, 2006
- National Park Service, Andersonville Prisoner of War Museum, Who is a POW?; Andersonville, GA, 2006
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Multimedia, *Reflections of Culture*; Atlanta, GA, 2006
- Imagineit! Children’s Museum of Atlanta, *Acorn’s Garden*; Atlanta, GA, 2000