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March 4, 2013

Purdue features five students crafting their mark on the world of design

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is recognizing five students who are pursuing careers in design fields, such as industrial design, apparel design and communication and art and design. 

Purdue Marketing and Media has developed a website at http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents that includes information about the students.

The five "Style Makers" are:

* Katie Azzi of Olathe, Kan., a senior studying apparel design and technology as well as art and design.  Her fashion inspiration comes from the classic styles of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.  She is working on her senior collection and hopes to become a product developer for a worldwide retailer. 

*Aaron Gray of Smyrna, Tenn., a junior studying industrial design. His interest in design started when he was in middle school, where he never seemed to stop drawing. His love for comics and video games has inspired him to become a professional concept artist for games and movies. He interned with Hasbro on Marvel and Star Wars projects.

* Kenny Hsieh of Ann Arbor, Mich., a senior studying industrial design. While at Purdue, some of his designs include a cell phone case and a quadripod. He spent most of his high school years in Shanghai, where he was inspired by the city. He hopes to someday create a revolutionary design in an area such as electronics, transportation or footwear design. 

* Molly Longest of Carmel, Ind., a senior studying communication and art and design. While at Purdue, she co-founded the style blog "Purduelala" and is the main creative contributor to the site.  She is looking to move to New York City or Chicago to find a career in one of her many creative interests. She is working on her new blog "Going for Broke," which deals with thrifty style practices.    

* Paige Tomfohrde of Jacksonville, Fla., a senior studying apparel design and technology.  She spent a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City through Purdue's visiting students program. Her sense of style comes from a merging of fashion and theater.  She was the costume designer for Purdue's 2012 production of the "Understudy" and for Civic Theater's 2013 production of "Arcadia."  

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, MorganLStephens@gmail.com

Sources: Katie Azzi, kazzi@purdue.edu

Aaron Gray, gray35@purdue.edu

Kenny Hsieh, khsieh@purdue.edu

Molly Longest, mlongest@purdue.edu

Paige Tomfohrde, ptomfohr@purdue.edu