ELKINS — Gert Arnold has been named a Product Design Instructor at Davis & Elkins College. Starting in the fall semester of 2022, he teaches 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 acquire the skills necessary to carry out projects, from the initial concept to the realization of working prototypes.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Arnold to the faculty,” said D&E Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Rob Phillips. “His interests and ability to contribute in the areas of product design and mathematics are beneficial to the College and our students. In particular, we believe his work with Dr. Renaud Stauber, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, will enhance the offerings and opportunities for our students within the Product Design program.
Arnold’s interests in building and learning how devices work led him to study a range of engineering subjects 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 these skills.
Arnold holds a Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Technology and an Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Design, both from the State University of New York in Delhi. He also has an OSHA 30 construction certification and a J-STD-001 welding application specialist certification.
Prior to joining D&E, Arnold was an automated manufacturing instructor at Mountainland Technical College in Lehi, Utah, where he helped students develop a knowledge base in electricity, mechanics, and programming. He also worked as an electrical maintenance technician at Tyson Foods and an engineer trainee and quality control technician at Audiosears Corp.
“Product design is a unique program, and it gives students a wide variety of skills they can use in the professional world.” says Arnold. “I look forward to my time at D&E and am excited about the future of the Product Design program.”