Art, Art History and Design
Paul Down joined the faculty of the Department of Art, Art History and Design as an adjunct professor in 1983, one year after receiving a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame. Since 1982 Down has continued design practice as entrepreneur (co-owner of a sub-s corporation), corporate design manager, and consulting industrial designer whose creative research encompasses the design of consumer products, marine products, transportation and related accessories. In 1986 he co-founded Prodesign Incorporated, an Indiana company that continues to design and manufacture thermoformed products. He subsequently designed and manufactured the first commercially produced jet driven human powered water-craft (Jet Wave), which was featured on the cover of Hammacher Schlemmer 's spring 1987 catalogue. His designs have been featured in promotional publications and at international trade shows for Monsanto Plastics, Ford Motor Company, Stewart Superior, and General Motors Corporation. From 1997-1999 he served as Midwest District Education Representative for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). In 2003-2004 he was elected as IDSA’s National Education Council Vice President, concurrently serving as trustee to the National Design Foundation. In that capacity, Down held the highest-ranking education office within the IDSA, also representing national design education on IDSA’s Board of Directors. In 2005 he was appointed to chair the IDSA’s National Future Vision Committee for Design Education. As Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Notre Dame, Down coordinates the Industrial Design Group, directs the IDSA Student Chapter and instrucst both graduate and undergraduate students. He has served on the Department of Art, Art History and Design’s Committee for Appointments and Promotions continuously from 1997 to2007. In 2001-2002, during a one year sabbatical, Down obtained a significant design research grant from a subsidiary of Coachmen Industries. Recognized as a valued educator, Down has received both the 2007 Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the 2000 Kaneb Excellence in Teaching Award.