Industrial designer, steeplechaser, maker of things.

Steeplechasing at the 2012 NCAA DI East Preliminary in Jacksonville, FL.

Welcome the digital portfolio of Jason Cusack, graduate in industrial design from Virginia Tech. After college I spent three years competing as a post-collegiate track athlete, but now I'm back to my old stomping grounds—this time teaching second year industrial design students how to draw and think visually whilst seeking a master's in architecture. I'm also a volunteer coach with the VT track & cross country teams and can still be seen running, occasionally and slowly. But enough rambling—please have a look around or feel free to get in touch!

The long version

More? Well, I started on this path round about the time I entered high school. I was very quiet and wore glasses, and not in a good way. Then I did two things that changed everything: I joined the track team and I made my first knife. Eventually I got pretty good at both of those things—my times secured me a walk-on spot with Virginia Tech’s track team, and long hours spent hacking away at bits of metal and wood gave me something to study.

Things really couldn’t have turned out better. In four years I grew from a scrubby high school runner into an ACC champion in the steeplechase (on UVA’s home turf no less), was a member of four ACC championship teams (including three on our home turf and *ahem* one on UVA’s), and somehow—thanks to my incredible faculty—came out the other side with a piece of paper from one of the best design schools in the country.

Now, after three grueling, fruitless, and utterly gratifying years as a semi-professional track runner I get to return to my alma mater (I never left) and impart the skills I’ve acquired on a fresh crop of budding designers (I’m also supposed to get another piece of paper out of the deal). Oh, and my old coaches are also still letting me come to practice—maybe as an example of what happens when you stop running, and maybe just to drive a van, but so far it’s been a blast.

Actually, it’s always been a blast, and I always intend it to be.

The Bullet Points

jcusack@vt.edu

Steeplechasing at the 2012 NCAA DI East Preliminary in Jacksonville, FL.

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