Dan BanasikBriefly describe your background (personal and professional):

I am originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin. Currently reside in Eagan, Minnesota. I received my undergraduate degree in industrial design from UW-Stout. Most of my professional career has been spent designing consumer products for various industries including promotional products and woodworking tools and hardware.

Design Emphasis:  Industrial Design.

Why did you choose the MFA in Design program?

I needed a change. I had been keeping current with UW-Stout's design program for years including facilitation of company-sponsored projects with senior industrial design students. Upon hearing about the addition of a graduate program, I was immediately intrigued.

What is your favorite part about the MFA program so far? 

So far it has been both exciting and overwhelming at the same time!

What has been your favorite class so far? Why?

Critical Issues in Design Education. I found it interesting to learn about instructional design and the intended outcome. Also enjoyed learning about different approaches to teaching.

What has been the biggest surprise for you in regards to graduate school?

The independence and getting comfortable with online classes.

What are your design and research interests?

The evolution of the industrial design practice in regards to in-house design groups compared to product design and development firms.

What are your goals or interests while pursuing your degree?

I hope to gain a broader prospective of the design field in preparation to educate.