Working across disciplines to achieve award-winning design goals comes naturally to furniture design professor Sheila Edwards. Since joining the School of Design faculty in 2004, she has frequently served as a mentor to students on real-world projects while shaping the furniture design program for the future. As one of five team leaders on SCADpad, Edwards managed 12 students as their ideas progressed from design concepts to manufactured pieces ready for installation. Previous collaborations have won prestigious honors: a project with the fibers program and Savannah social service provider Union Mission to develop functional furniture solutions for the homeless received the International Contemporary Furniture Fair Editor’s Choice Award in 2008. As a result, she is often tapped to lead innovative ventures such as a recent Collaborative Learning Center partnership with Chick-fil-A. Edwards coordinates student exhibits at prestigious fairs such as the High Point Furniture Market, NeoCon, ICFF and the Salone Internazionale de Mobile in Milan, Italy. She has also planned, hosted and facilitated SCAD’s Furniture Summit, a Women in Design lecture series, Dakota Jackson’s Master Class in Comparative Design and annual senior shows. With a bachelor of science in psychology from Marquette University and a master of fine arts in furniture design from SCAD, Edwards has participated in the effort to co-author, assess and revise the undergraduate and graduate furniture design programs.