Industrial Design major
Junior Stephen Meyer grew up a constant observer, exploring his interests through art, design and engineering. He hopes to utilize his creative thinking and design strategies to improve people’s interactions with the world around them, encouraging a different way of thinking and sparking a new perspective.
Stephen chose JMU primarily because it had an Industrial Design program, and he thought the major would be a creative way to develop innovative products, services, and systems. Additionally, he finds JMU and the scenery of the Shenandoah Valley a nice contrast to his busy suburb of a hometown in old town Manassas, Virginia.
An avid photographer, he wants to use his photo experience to shoot the JMU community in a new light by working at TAD. It also means Stephen can turn his hobbies into a career and expand his portfolio. For anyone just starting out with photography, his creed’s always been to “Shoot as much as you can. You’ll learn as you go . . . and start with the basics.”
Snowboarding and longboarding with his friends keep his mind and body rolling when he’s not behind a camera. Underneath the avid swimmer, adventurer, and hiker, Stephen’s always looking for new things to learn and experience. When he’s not studying for classes, he’s an avid scholar in the schools of Google and Wikipedia. He’s a brother of the honors art fraternity, Kappa Pi, and a member of the Industrial Designers of America club.
Fun fact: Stephen was born legally blind in his right eye. That doesn’t stop him from finding depth everywhere he goes.
The Big Event 2017
The Big Event is hosted every spring and is attended by many JMU students and Harrisonburg residents. TAD is always there to capture the community working together to provide volunteer services for Harrisonburg.