Mike Hansel, sculptor and art educator, is the J. Vaughan Merrick III Chair in Architecture, Art History and Painting. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Hansel shares his enthusiasm for the visual arts through courses in drawing, 3D design, welding, woodworking and ceramics. His interest in collaborative teaching has also led to the creation of courses in engineering and design science. In addition, Hansel serves as the offensive coordinator of the varsity football team and supervises the Beekeeping Club. Hansel’s sculptures reside in many private collections and have been included in a number of international exhibitions, including Pierwalk in Chicago, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey. Hansel’s work has become known for his ability to create highly crafted, organic pieces that contradict what one might expect from industrial materials like steel, aluminum and bronze.