IJTC Keynote

IJTC 2012 Keynote Address Announced:
Material, Form and Function: The Art of Tribology
By Frankie Flood, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

We are pleased to announce that Frankie Flood from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee will present the keynote address, Material, Form and Function: The Art of Tribology, at the 2012 ASME/STLE International Joint Tribology Conference to be held October 7-10, 2012 at the Westin Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado.  The keynote address will be at noon on Tuesday, October 9th.  

Mr. Flood is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he teaches in Foundations and is currently co-area head in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at UWM. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in Metalsmithing.

Flood utilizes the industrial processes of machining, stamping, anodizing, and powder coating to create one of a kind functional objects. His interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration. Flood’s work investigates one of a kind objects and their role in a world based on mechanical reproduction.

Recent National and International Juried Shows in which his creative metal work has been exhibited include: Hard & Soft exhibition, Denton, TX; Craft Forms exhibition, Wayne, PA; Display Use Only exhibition, Seattle, WA; Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2003 exhibition, Cheongju City, Korea; Innovative Tools For Personal Use exhibition (sponsored by 3M Corporation and the Society of North American Goldsmiths), Denver, CO.

In addition to being granted the George Sugarman Grant by The George Sugarman Foundation and an Illinois Arts Council grant in Craft, Frankie was recently awarded a UWM Graduate School Research Committee Award for his research in digital technology for the production of art.

You can learn more about Mr. Floor and see his work by visiting his website at

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