Professor Benjamin Pratt

Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Design Department
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 231 Applied Arts
Phone: 715-232-1537
Email: prattb@uwstout.edu

Education

    • MFA Industrial Design
      Pratt Institute
      Brooklyn, NY, United States, 1991

    • North Carolina State University
      Raleigh, NC, United States, 1988

    • Tufts University
      Medford, MA, United States, 1986

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin- Stout
        Professor
        1993 -
      • National University of Singapore
        Visiting Associate Professor
        2001
      • Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design Smithsonian Institution
        Design Education
        1991 - 1992

Intellectual Contributions

    Interview

    • Pratt, B. (2001). Facts from the World Toilet Summit (Interview). , 2.5.
    • Dawson, G., & Pratt, B. (1998). Different By Design (Interview). , 1C, 3C, The Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

    Citation

    • Pratt, B. (2001). Smart Bathroom Systems, A Toilet You’d Want to Stay in Forever (Citation). , L13, Singapore, Malaysia.

    IDSA National Education Conference Proceedings

    • Pratt, B. (1998). Industry Partnerships in Industrial Design Education (IDSA National Education Conference Proceedings). , CD-Rom.
    • Pratt, B. (1996). Formal Inspiration for Beginning Industrial Design Students (IDSA National Education Conference Proceedings). , CD-Rom.

    Journal Article

    • Pratt, B. (1993). People, Places, Process. Innovation, 26-28.
    • Pratt, B. (1992). A Handbook of Machine Elements. , Center for Advanced Design Research.
    • Pratt, B. (1992). . Learning to Design Universally, 48.
    • Pratt, B. (1991). The Machine Aesthetic. , Pratt Institute Library.

Presentations

    Uncategorized

    • Pratt, B. (2001). A Darwinian View of Product Design. IDSA National Education Conference, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Pratt, B. (2001). Invited University Lectures. Various Academic Institutions,
    • Pratt, B. (2001). The Evolution of Bathrooms. World Toilet Summit, Singapore.
    • Pratt, B. (1998). Industry Partnerships in Industrial Design Education. IDSA National Education Conference, Boston, MA, United States.
    • Pratt, B. (1997). Principles of Design. Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11, Turtle Lake, WI, United States.
    • Pratt, B. (1996). Formal Inspiration for Beginning Industrial Design Students. IDSA WorldDesign Conference,
    • Pratt, B. (1988). Accepting the Challenges of Design. , Turtle Lake, WI, United States.

Applied Research

    Design

    • Hansgrohe (Singapore)
      Advanced Bathroom Concepts (2001)
    • Wasau Tile, Inc. (Wasau, WI)
      Innovative Furniture Design (1997)

Intellectual Property

    Patent

    • Pratt, B., (In Progress) Ergonomic Chair Design, Nada-Concepts, Inc,.
    • Pratt, B., (In Progress) Patent Research.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Dell ReGeneration International Competition Educator Award, (2007)
    • Educator of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin- Stout (2003)
    • International Design Resource Award, First Place, (2001)
    • International Design Resource Award, Honorable Mention, (2001)
    • Educator Award, Samsung "Prometheus" National Competition (1998)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Personel Committee (2000 - Present)
    • Art and Design Hiring Committee (1997 - Present)
    • Executive Officer, ISDA Minnesota Chapter (1993 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Industrial Designer's Society of America (1990 - Present)
    • Master of Design Program Committee (1998 - 2011)
    • Art and Design Curriculum Committee (1995 - 2011)
    • Department Budget Committee Chair (1998 - 2005)
    • Design Representative, Campus Physical Development Committee (1996 - 2005)
    • Student Disciplinary Hearing Committee (1997 - 2002)
    • Newsletter Editor, ISDA Minnesota Chapter (1993 - 1996)
    • Committee Member, Human Factors Society (1992 - 1993)

    University

      UW Stout

      • International Exchange (2002 - Present)
      • Internships (1993 - Present)
      • Bell Monument Design (1999 - 2001)

    Community

    • Workshop Organizer, Cooperative Educational Service Agency #11 (1997)
    • Smithsonian 150th Anniversary (August 1996)