Art and Engineering

Art Meets Engineering

Engineering is a science — there's complicated math, physics and chemistry, all coming together to shape our world. But for Taylor Beisler, it's also an art. 

She blends the two disciplines, as a product development technician at FirstBuild microfactory and maker space on the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.

"I love art and I love physics," said Beisler, who graduated from U of L with a fine arts degree. "And for me, they both come together. I take creativity, and bring these engineering ideas to life and go, 'what if we could do this?'"

Beisler uses this cross-disciplinary approach when she helps train other U of L students at FirstBuild. The micro factory allows them to see how what they learn in class can be applied. 

"This is how you actually do your book in the real world," she said. "Not everything in black and white in books works in real life, and I think that's a really beautiful part of engineering to realize."

Today, many other U of L art students are following in Beisler's footsteps. Several classes at the Hite Art Institute are finding ways to incorporate the advanced equipment at FirstBuild into their coursework, such as for painting, graphic design and printmaking. 

 

I love art and I love physics. And for me, they both come together. I take creativity, and bring these engineering ideas to life and go, ‘what if we could do this?’
— Taylor Beisler, product development technician at FirstBuild