2019 SASD Lifetime Achievement Award

President Laura Skandera Trombley with the lifetime achievement honorees; Donna Shea, Andy Pandiani, and Eugene Shapiro

Three 1986 graduates of the University of Bridgeport, Donna Shea, Andy Pandiani, and Eugene Shapiro, were awarded the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The SASD Gala took place on May 4 at the Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center for the Arts & Humanities.

In 1985, three University of Bridgeport classmates and friends, began envisioning a plan for a new start-up business. The trio of students, due to their industrial design studies, were drawn into the world of trade show exhibits.

On receiving the award and enjoying the trip down memory lane, the business partners agreed that the industrial design degree is still as relevant today as it was in 1986. They remarked that their UB education had prepared them for career success, noting several inspirational teachers who influenced their career path. Two of the three even met their spouses at UB.

“It’s so heartening to see friendships forged at UB turn into impactful relationships for life, both personally and professionally,” said Marie Muhvic, vice president for advancement.

The winning team also mentioned that they were pleased to be graduates of a school with so many illustrious alumni who have gone on to become leaders in illustration, lighting, metals, and fabrication.

In 1986, with $1,500 each, the three officially opened the doors of their small business in Bridgeport, Connecticut, offering customized exhibits and point-of-purchase displays.

Thriving, now 33 years later, Innovative Display & Design, Inc. (IDD) is a global leader in brand experiences through award-winning exhibit design, unique events, and made-to-order customer experiences. IDD serves customers, big and small, from a broad range of industries, including healthcare, printing, chemicals, information technology, software, financial services, cloud computing, energy, and more.