Gert Arnold has been appointed instructor of product design at Davis & Elkins College. Beginning with the fall 2022 semester he is instructing courses in product design and mathematics.
Introduced in fall 2021, the product design program teaches a process that encourages creativity, craftsmanship and aesthetics with a foundation in technical prototyping, programming and electronics. Combining the fields of computer science, art, business and engineering, students learn the skills necessary to carry projects from initial concept to completion of working prototypes.
“We’re very happy to welcome to Mr. Arnold to the faculty,” said D&E Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. “His interests and his ability to contribute in the areas of product design and mathematics is beneficial to the College and our students. In particular, we think his work with Dr. Renaud Stauber, assistant professor of mathematics, physics and computer science, will strengthen the offerings and opportunities for our students within the Product Design Program.”
Arnold’s interests in building and learning how devices work led to him to study an array of engineering topics including electronic design and troubleshooting, electrical schematics, mechanical design and drafting, 3D modeling (CAD), machining, welding, hydraulics, pneumatics and plumbing. He also discovered a passion for teaching those skills.
Arnold holds a Master of Science degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics technology and an Associates of Applied Science in mechatronics design, both from State University of New York at Delhi. He also has an OSHA 30 Construction Certification and a J-STD-001 Soldering Application Specialist Certification.
Before coming to D&E, Arnold served as instructor of automated manufacturing at Mountainland Technical College in Lehi, Utah, where he helped students develop a foundation in electrical, mechanical and programming knowledge. He also has worked as an electrical maintenance technician at Tyson Foods and an engineer intern and quality control technician at Audiosears Corp.
“Product design is a unique program, and it gives the students a wide variety of skills they can use in the professional world,” Arnold said. “I look forward to my time here at D&E and I am excited for the future of the product design program.”