Michael Sturtz, Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Sturtz is an adjunct lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Design. After earning his BFA from Alfred University School of Art & Design and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michael found success as a sculptor, designer, teacher and entrepreneur respected for his ability to manifest cross-disciplinary projects that challenge the status quo and push creative boundaries. In 1999, Michael founded The Crucible, an art school that encourages a truly non-competitive learning environment and led it to become the nation’s largest nonprofit industrial arts education facility. After twelve years at the helm, he retired from The Crucible to seek out new creative challenges. Michael set the diesel motorcycle world land speed record at the Bonneville Salt flats using B100 biodiesel. A long time custom vehicle builder and enthusiast, Michael brings a unique approach to transportation design and the creative process.