About the speaker

Frankie Flood is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he teaches Digital Fabrication and Design and is Director of the Digital Craft Research Lab (DCRL) at UWM. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in Metalsmithing.

Frankie Flood’s interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration for the functional objects that he creates. Flood exhibits his work nationally and internationally and his work has received many awards and has been published widely. The connection between design and fabrication and how each is influenced by material and process has been the focus of Flood’s recent research as he continues to combine traditional craft practice with digital technology. His recent design research regarding 3D printed prosthetics and one of a kind adaptive devices has spread worldwide and his creation of UWM’s DCRL has created new areas of study for students interested in digital fabrication.

Within the last three years Frankie has been granted $135,000 in personal and educational grant funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the UWM Digital Future Grant, The Mary Tingley Grant (Greater Milwaukee Foundation), The UWM Graduate School Research Committee, and The Peter S. Reed Foundation for his research in digital technology for the production of art. In addition, Frankie was recently awarded a UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award to recognize excellence in teaching.

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