Grant Delgatty is a seasoned industrial designer, entrepreneur, and educator. He is an associate professor and chair of Product Innovation at USC Iovine and Young Academy. Prof. Delgatty has an extensive career designing a wide range of consumer products in various categories. A significant portion of his career has been in the footwear industry, including being the head of design for Vans Shoes from 2001 to 2008. During his time with Vans, the company saw a 400 percent increase in yearly revenue.
Since 2008, Grant has founded a number of entrepreneurial ventures, including an industrial design and product licensing company called ideapiphany LLC, a shoe company named Urshuz, and in 2013, he founded URB-E, a personal folding electric vehicle company to address the growing market need for micro transportation in urban environments.
Grant holds several utility and design patents, has won numerous awards for his designs, has been published extensively. In 2015, Grant was named one of SoCalTech50’s list of Southern California Entrepreneurs to watch and was most recently included in Pasadena Magazine’s ‘The Influential 50’ list.
Delgatty graduated from the ArtCenter College of Design in 1995 with a degree in Industrial design.