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A team of fourth-year industrial and interaction design (IID) students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts' School of Design won three $1,000 awards in the Royal Society of the Arts’ United States (RSA-US) Student Design Awards competition.

Jon Langer, Miles Ray, Jesse Handelman, Shelby Zink, Boaz Cohen, Kevin Scheiferstein and Zach Stringham and their project “Bioroll Geotextile Mat” won the RSA-US Leadership Award for Applied Industrial Design, the Techmer PM Judges' Award for Sustainable Design, and the Techmer PM Judges' Award for Materials Science. The mat, which the students created in the fall 2013 semester for the IID program’s annual 360° IID Competition, is made out of mushroom spores that are manufactured into a biodegradable fiber roll that can be used in landscaping.

RSA-US’s Student Design Awards is an awards program to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary design-led social change that connects design students and faculty with industry needs. RSA-US is an affiliate of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, founded in London in 1754.