Industrial design program receives $10,000 from Kohler
February 8, 2017
The School of Art
and Design at University of Wisconsin-Stout has received a donation from a major
Kohler Co., based in
Kohler, donated $10,000 recently to Stout University Foundation. The money will
be used to fund equipment purchases in the industrial design Bachelor of Fine
wonderful gift from Kohler will allow our industrial design area to continue
pushing the bounds of forward-thinking design,” said Dave Beck, director of the
School of Art and Design and an associate dean.
donation, we will be able to purchase industry-standard supplies and equipment
for our students to experiment with new prototypes and ideas in the studio. It
is support like Kohler’s that allows UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design to
continue performing as a leader in innovation and creativity among art and
design disciplines in higher education,” Beck said.
The donation was
facilitated through Kohler’s corporate giving program and David
Richter-O’Connell, a UW-Stout visiting assistant professor of industrial
design. Richter-O’Connell previously worked at Kohler as a designer.
“I mentioned that, over the years, many key industrial
design staff members at Kohler had been recruited out of the UW-Stout program
and that the program had been a key talent source for Kohler for a long
time,” Richter O’Connell said.
students already have used some of the funds. Foam core material was purchased
to help them design prototypes of four, full-scale kitchen workspaces for a
class project. Kohler industrial designers had hoped to attend the final
student presentations but couldn’t because of inclement weather, Richter-O’Connell
Kohler is a global
company with 50 manufacturing locations and more than 30,000 employees on six
continents. Known for its kitchen and bath fixtures, it also makes furniture
and decorative products, engines and generators and is in the hospitality
industry with leading golf and lodging destinations, such as Blackwolf Run and
Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
Industrial design prepares
students for careers as product and device designers. A combination of art and
engineering, facets of the profession that students learn include fine art and
sculpture; visual communication; marketing and branding; social, human and
natural sciences; materials; spatial context and user and stakeholder
experience. Learn more about UW-Stout’s program here.
Top: Student Justin Jochim, of Hopkins, Minn., inspects a kitchen workspace
prototype he and other industrial design students created for a class project.
The prototype is made of foam core material, which was purchased with funds
donated to UW-Stout by Kohler Co.
kitchen workspaces designed by industrial design students were made
with foam core material purchased with funds donated by Kohler Co.