In addition to a degree in art and design (Cornell University), Nathaniel Stern holds a Masters of Professional Studies in Interactive Telecommunications (New York University), and a PhD from an Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department (Trinity College Dublin). He has also worked as a designer, consultant, and/or coder at and with hi-tech companies in New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Johannesburg. In short, Stern “speaks” business and engineering, with a sensitivity to the relationships between culture and industry – how the latter support and mobilize each other, in both the short- and long-term. Stern’s expertise has helped businesses come up with new products and ideas, grow or invest in new areas, and build new prototypes for testing.
Just in the last few years as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Stern has consulted on and supported projects at TAPCO, Johnson Controls, GE Medical, Aurora Health Care, the Medical College of Wisconsin, DRS Power and Control, EMTEQ, Sharp Packaging Systems, the Wisconsin Department of Traffic, and more; he has helped to place students at startups, engineering companies, museums and galleries, and consulting and design firms, across the country; and through his efforts as a Co-Founder and core team member of the UWM Startup Challenge, he continues to fund and advise several new companies in the Milwaukee area every year. For Stern, this work is completely in line with the work he does in the arts and humanities, the latter including performances and exhibitions worldwide, academic and mainstream writing, and other diverse activities that might manifest as, for example, empowerment workshops for HIV-positive township teens in South Africa, Fulbright-funded writing seminars for postgraduates, fellows and researchers in art, design and architecture, or one-on-one mentoring for local artists through the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. In all, he creates fertile ground through investment in advanced research and human resources, which in turn makes for ingenuity and opportunity across the culture and industry ecosystem.