Co-op Puts Student On Track for Designing Athletic Footwear

Posted On: 04-01-2010

Thanks to UC’s celebrated cooperative-education program– which requires students in the top-ranked College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning to alternate quarters spent in the classroom with paid, professional work – Omar has already gained considerable experience working for New Balance Inc. in Boston, for K-Swiss in West Lake Village, Calif., for Adidas in Portland, Ore., and for Hewlett Packard in Houston.


In three of those co-ops, he produced early concepts of product designs that already have or will soon reach the market. These include football cleats that came out this past summer and are now worn by Auburn’s football team; performance basketball shoes due to come onto the market in December; and a smart phone that Hewlett Packard may produce.

“The co-ops have combined the two things I love – shoes and athletics,” says Omar. “I remember how great it was when I learned that Auburn actually called New Balance about the cleats I’d designed. New Balance didn’t even have to approach them. Now, Auburn’s football team wears those cleats.”



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