Owen Foster

  • B.L.D., Auburn University
  • B.E.D., Auburn University
  • M.I.D., Auburn University

"I want to challenge students by giving them real design obstacles, encouraging them to come up with new and innovative solutions. I try to convey my knowledge of design to students while still maintaining their interest and curiosity. One cannot be forced to learn, one must desire it."

Owen Foster | Chair, industrial design

Awards, recognition and honors

Unselfish Contribution Award, Auburn University


Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Industrial Design Society of America

Previous Positions

Professor, Auburn University and University of Louisiana Lafayette; design director for multiple product design and manufacturing companies with high-profile clients such as Home Depot and TTI; co-founder of Fulcrum Collaborative, a group of designers from various backgrounds who work collectively to bring budding ideas to reality; background in architecture, landscape, environmental and industrial design, working on an extensive array of projects ranging from small consumer products to complete green environments for several municipalities

Publications and presentations

"Design Approach for Youth Sports Equipment: Designing for the Children"; the aim of this study was to prove that through design children have a greater potential for enjoyment and success in the sport they choose to pursue