“I think inventive designs are an innovative way to solve a problem,” he noted. “Industrial design is important because everything manufactured has to be designed by someone. I like the whole process of making a new design from the top to the bottom.”
He also knew the program ranked well and was affordable compared to other universities.
Working with thumbnail sketches, Cleven said he talks to friends and family about his ideas to help refine them and tries to develop unique ideas.
Jennifer Astwood, professor and industrial design program director, said Cleven has “an amazing portfolio with high-quality design work that showcased a strong skill set. Kyle was not afraid to rework previous design work and adjust his portfolio to bring it to the highest level.”
Erik Evensen, associate professor of design and program director of the MFA in design, said Cleven came into the advanced design drawing class ready to work hard. “Kyle’s portfolio is proof positive that hard work mixed with the right attitude is key to success in the digital world,” Evensen said.
Cleven will intern this summer at Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh through Career Services. The company is known for making heavy equipment, including scissor lifts, military and defense equipment, concrete trucks and fire trucks. The internship starts Monday, June 7, and continues through early August.