Dr. Nathaniel Stern

Art & Design / Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Stern holds a joint appointment as full professor between Art and Design and Mechanical Engineering, and is the Director of the UWM Student Startup Challenge (SSC). He teaches artists how to engineer, engineers how to art, and everyone how to sustain their work with entrepreneurial thinking.



PhD, Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department, Disruptive Design Team, Trinity College Dublin
MPS, Art and Technology, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
BS, Textiles and Apparel Design, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Research Interests

Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Product Design and Development
Computer Vision
Interactive Art
Art and Technology
Affect and Embodiment theory
Sustainable Technologies
Waste and reuse


Stern, Nathaniel. Ecological Aesthetics: artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics. Dartmouth College Press, University Press of New England. Distributed by University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Stern, Nathaniel. Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance. London: Gylphi Limited (Arts Future Book Series), 2013.

Select Book Chapters

Stern, Nathaniel. ‘Other-frames: Media, Mediating, and Immediate Ecologies.’ Immediations. Art, Media, Event. Eds. Erin Manning, Anna Munster and Bodil-Marie Stavning Thomsen. London: Open Humanities Press, 2017.
Stern, Nathaniel. ‘Interactive Art: Interventions in/to Process.’ A Companion to Digital Art. Ed. Christiane Paul. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell (Blackwell Companions to Art History), 2016.
Stern, Nathaniel and Scott Kildall. ‘Wikipedia Art: At the Borders of (Wiki) Law, Lawyering, Lobbying and Power.’ Law and Disciplinarity: Thinking beyond Borders. Ed. Robert Beck.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Daley, Barbara, Michael Lovell, Ronald Perez and Nathaniel Stern. ‘Using Concept Maps for Product Design in Engineering.’ Applied Concept Mapping: Capturing, Analyzing, and Organizing Knowledge. Eds. Brian Moon, Robert R. Hoffman, Joseph Novak, Alberto Canas. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2010.
Ridgway, Nicole and Nathaniel Stern. 'The Implicit Body.' Cyberculture and New Media. Ed. Francisco J. Ricardo. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009. 117-156.

Select Journal Articles

Stern, Nathaniel. ‘Ecological Aesthetics: Thinking Trees and Goods for Me,’ Critical Arts, Taylor and Francis 2016
Stern, Nathaniel. ‘The Implicit Body as Performance: Analyzing Interactive Art.’ Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology (MIT Press) Vol 44, No 3 (2011): 233-238.
Stern, Nathaniel and Pall Thayer. ‘Ripple.’ Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press) Special Dispersive Anatomies Issue, Vol 16 No 4-5 (2009).
Stern, Nathaniel. ‘@Joburg, After Midnight.’ Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology (MIT Press) Vol 40, No 1 (2007): 4-5.
Stern, Nathaniel. ‘Physically Digital, Digitally Physical.’ Leonardo Journal of Art, Science and Technology (MIT Press) Vol 38, No 3 (2005): 181.