Felix Hardmood Beck

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Summary of Accomplishments (NYUAD 2015–2020)                                                                                                         download as PDF


From 2015–2020, Prof. Felix Beck taught 20 courses at NYUAD, from which he has newly developed four. By offering three ADT (Art, Design, Technology) Core courses per year he essentially added to the Engineering Department’s contribution of offerings.

2015        J-Term                            Design & Innovation                                     ENGR-AD-110J
2016        J-Term                            Design & Innovation                                     ENGR-AD-110J
                    Spring Term                Design Fundamentals  *                              ENGR-AD-323
                    Spring Term                Engineers for Social Impact (I.)               ENGR-AD-324
                    Fall Term                       Man & Machines   *                                        CORE-AD-16
                    Fall Term                       Intro to Interactive Media                        MDMED-AD-101
2017        J-Term                             Design & Innovation                                    ENGR-AD-110J
                    Spring Term                 Engineers for Social Impact (I.)              ENGR-AD-324
                    Spring Term                 Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas   *                 CORE-AD-72
                    Fall Term                        Manus Et Machina                                        CADT-UH 1001
2018        J-Term                              Design & Innovation                                    ENGR-AD-110J
                    Spring Term                  Engineers for Social Impact (I.)              ENGR-AD-324
                    Spring Term                 Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas                       CORE-AD-72
                    Fall Term                        Manus Et Machina                                        CADT-UH 1001
2019        J-Term                              Design & Innovation                                    ENGR-AD-110J
                    Spring Term                 Engineers for Social Impact (I.)               ENGR-AD-324
                    Spring Term                 Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas                       CORE-AD-72
                    Fall Term                        Manus Et Machina                                        CADT-UH 1001
2020        J-Term                             Plastic Fantastic !?  *                                     CADT-UH 1045J
                    Spring                              Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas                      CORE-AD-72

                                                                                                                                                                                     * New courses developed by Prof. Felix Beck


Students that Prof. Beck had mentored have received offers by and got accepted to Master/PhD programs at: Havard, Yale, Berkeley, Cornell, Georgia Tech,  Royal College of Art London, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Parsons School of Design, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Northwestern, Northeastern, UCSD, UCSB, UMN, Upenn, WPI,  Ecal University Lausanne (Design for Luxury and Craftsmanship) and others.

  • Capstone Advisor for the 3x Engineering Seniors (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) graduating in 2020
  • Assigned advisor for 3x Freshmen (2019–2020)
  • Academic Mentor for 9x NYUAD students and 3x NYUSH students (2018–2020)

Service to NYUAD and community

Prof. Beck actively contributed with his services to NYUAD’s academic mission. On behalf of the Engineering Department,
he contributed to establish collaborations and built bridges with the other NYUAD departments.

2016/02/24             Guest critique to student projects of Project Studio Class (invitation by Prof. Protzel)
2016/04/19             Guest lecture about the topic of World Heritage Sites (invitation by Prof. Parthesius)
2016/04/24             Conduction of Interactive Media Workshop for IM Lab students (invitation by Prof. Protzel)
2016/05                     Host of the exhibition Global Heritage Sites in the UAE inside the Engineering Design Studio
2016/08/23             Presentation of EfSI and Engineering Design Studio during Marhaba Week event
2016/09/27             Participation of Innovation Workshop for Executive Affairs Authority, Idea Lab
2016/11/10             Host of NYUAD Cinema Series, leading discussion on Blade Runner after movie screening
2016/12                     Curation of student works for December Showcase for an exhibition in the Arts Center
2017/02/19             Conduction of Introduction to Rapid Prototyping workshop to IM Lab students
2017/03/08–11    Host of Plastic Recycling Workshop with Mattia Bernini, open to NYUAD community
2017/04/26–29    Host of workshop on Kinetic Installations with FELD Studio, open to NYUAD community
2017/08/29             Presentation of EfSI and Engineering Design Studio during Marhaba Week
2017/10/10            Judge for Semaphore Competition, ADT Core Class CommTech (invitation by Prof. Protzel)
2018/04/20-21    Host for Augmented Reality Workshop with Pablo Dornhege, open to NYUAD community
2018/04/22            Presentation of Precious Plastic Abu Dhabi during Go Green Week
2018/04/25            Talk about Multidisciplinary Artistic Collaborations to students (invitation by Prof. Guedes)
2018/08/29            Presentation of EfSI and Engineering Design Studio during Marhaba Week
2018/10/31            Host of NYUAD Institute talk of Prof. Zamp Kelp ‘A Modern Oasis’ (University of Arts Berlin)
2018/11/04-07    Participant of NYUAD Research Conference with the interactive exhibit Wadi Al Helo
2018/12/16-17    Organiser and host of Precious Plastic WANA Conference 2018, NYUAD Institute
2018/12/19            Host of plastic recycling workshop: Plastic Bag – Creative Recycling Workshop, NTSI-Lab
2019/02/09            Keynote presentation for IM Lab students during Processing Community Day
2019/04/22            Talk about Media Installations for Museums (invitation by Maritime Archaeology class)
2019/04/20            Conduction of Projection Mapping Workshop, ERB building
2019/05/01            Host of event to hand over a painted sculpture Buddy Bear to the German ambassador
2019/05/28            NYUAD representative at inauguration of the Buddy Bear at German Embassy
2019/09/19            Host for Workshop Letters of Code with Michael Schmitz, Interactive Media Lab
2019/10-11            Sustainability Workshops at NYU New York and NYU Shanghai
2019/10/30            Talk on design at NYU Shanghai, Interactive Media Program
2020/12/01            Environmental Dialogues, students from RCC of LMU and NYUAD Plastic Fantastic class

Service as member of the Engineering Division

Chair of Committee for the re-design of the NYUAD Engineering website                                       2016–2018
Chair of search committee for position of Engineering Design Studio Manager                             2016
Member of Search Committee for Global Education Director for Experiential Learning          Nov./Dec. 2016
Project Lead for ASEE video production for NYUAD’s Engineering Department                          2017
Member of the Search Committee for CDC STEM Advisor candidates                                               2017
Member of committee to develop the Design Minor at NYUAD                                                              2016–2018
Member of committee to develop Interactive Media Arts Major at NYUAD                                    2016–2018
Member of Search Committee for Director of NYUAD Hillary Ballon Center                                 March/April 2019
Member of Spice Group (Strategy & Planning Internal Community Engagement)                        2018–2020
Member of NYUAD’s Sustainability Steering Committee                                                                            2019–2020    
Member of Contract Faculty Ad-Hoc Committee                                                                                             2019–2020
Member of Student Life/Faculty Liaison Committee                                                                                      2019–2020
Member of Global Education & Community-Based Learning Committee                                          2019–2020

Volunteering activities

From 2017–2020 Prof. Beck participated in each NYUAD Candidate Weekend by either joining the one-on-one interview sessions, by teaching a sample class (Manus Et Machina), by attending the desert trip, or by joining the group dinner. He also volunteered during the Ma'a Salama Engineering Graduates 2016 event (21.05.), and designed the cover for NYUAD’s Research Report 2016.

Institutional advisory board appointments

External reviewer for position of Assoc. Dean CAAD, AUS
Judge for the Robotics and Electronics category, Innovator 2016, UAE
Chair for New Technologies panel at Museums in Arabia Conference, 2017, Bahrain
Advisor for ECHO Media Arts Festival Dubai regarding their events in Dubai during December 14–16, 2017
Consulting Louvre Abu Dhabi regarding their medial installations for the opening November 11th, 2017
Judge for Innovator 2018 Award, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Judge for the 6th UAE’s Undergraduate Research Competition (URC), Abu Dhabi University, April 2018
Judge for the 7th UAE’s Undergraduate Research Competition (URC), Abu Dhabi University, April 2019
Judge for Innovator 2020 Award, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Feb. 2020

Prof. Beck consulted the following governmental institutions:

Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MoID; federal level), UAE
Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT), Abu Dhabi, UAE
Dubai Culture Department, Dubai, UAE
Government of Ras Al Khaimah, Department of Antiquities and Museums, UAE

International engagement and collaboration

2016/09/09     Talk at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
2016/10/21     Lecture at School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, US
2016/10/24     Lecture at Parsons School of Design, New York, US
2017/03/06     Talk on Medial Installations, UCL Qatar (Museology and Curatorial Studies), Doha
2017/06/26     Workshop about Mapping the City of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2017/09/21     Talk Rapid Prototyping and Design, Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai, China
2017/10/20     Talk Design & Innovation, Art Academy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2017/11/30     Talk The role of Design in Engineering Education, Beuth University Berlin, Germany
2017/12/01     Talk Media Installations for Museums in the UAE, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany
2017/12/01     Workshop The Function of Form, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany
2017/12/16     Talk Media in Space, Echo Festival, Dubai, UAE
2018/03/06     Presentation of the Wadi Al Helo project at INTED 2018, Valencia, Spain
2018/06/06     Talk Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas, Beuth University Berlin, Germany
2018/10/24     Invitation to ReDesignEd Educators Forum, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
2019/02/02     Workshop at Crisis Intervention Center for Street Girls, Manila, Philippines
2019/02/04     Plastic Recycling Workshop, Grace to Be Born Center, Manila, Philippines
2019/05/23     Installation at KuL-Conference, Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany
2019/07/10     Talk and Innovation Workshop, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Cairo, Egypt
2019/10/19     Talk at Parsons School of Design, New York, US
2019/10/30     Talk at NYU Shanghai, Interactive Media Program, China
2019/10/31     Talk at Donghua University, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, China
2020/02/12     Workshop Precious Plastic in Education, British International School Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

Participation in local activities

2016/03–04           Sikka 2016,Dubai Art & Design Week (exhibition of results of student workshop)
2017/10/18            Talk Sources of Inspiration, invitation to present at Dubai Design District (D3)
2017/11/18            Talk Design and Education: designing for sustainable solutions, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
2017/12/16            Conference and panel discussion on Creative Education, Echo Festival, Dubai
2017/12/14            Exhibition Manus Et Machina, Echo Festival, Dubai
2018/01/21            Innovation workshop for SEHA Abu Dhabi Health Services
2018/12/05            Talk about DIY Plastic Recycling Machines, TechShop, Abu Dhabi
2018/12/10            Talk about Design Education, GISAD –German International School Abu Dhabi
2019/01/25            Participation at Quoz Art Fest 2019, Warehouse 60, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
2019/02/01-09    Plastic Lab machine show case at Abu Dhabi Science Festival, Corniche, Abu Dhabi
2019/06/20            Talk: Creating a Culture of Innovation, Dubai World Trade Center
2019/07/03            Talk and Innovation Workshop*, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2019/09/23            Talk: Sustainability in Art and Design, invitation by Sharjah Museums Authority, Dubai
2019/11/13            Talk and Innovation Workshop*, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2019/11/20            Talk and Innovation Workshop*, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2020/02/14            Presentation of Plastic Lab to MOCCAE, Um Al Arab School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Interactions with local universities

2016/03/13     Workshop Digital Pinhole Camera, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2017/02/23     Workshop Media in Space, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2018/04/01     Presentation on collaboration for FILE'18, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2018/09/25     Talk Storytelling with Virtual Reality, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2019/03/18     Talk Precious Plastic at NYU Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2019/04/20     Sustainability workshop with Office of Sustainability, American University of Sharjah, UAE
2019/04/22     Presentation at MISD 2019 Symposium, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai, UAE


Within three years Prof. Beck established two research labs. He integrated over 50 Student Research Assistants, two researchers funded through the Visiting Undergraduate Researchers Program, and six student interns into his research. He also initiated an internship program with Cranleigh Highschool, or worked closely together with GISAD (German International School Abu Dhabi) and American Community School.

Research Lab 1: Lab for Narrative Technologies and Spatial Installations (NTSI-Lab)
Prof. Felix Beck initiated the Lab for Narrative Technologies and Spatial Installations and started to work as Principal Investigator in September 2016. The NTSI-Lab is an interdisciplinary Design Research Lab in the Engineering Department of NYUAD. Within NYUAD's Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES) and the Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies in the UAE the lab’s focus is on R&D projects in the realm of Experimental Sustainable Design, Future Technologies, and Social Compositions & Communal Infrastructures. More information and an overview about research projects is available on NTSI-Lab’s website: www.ntsi.info []

Contribution to collaborative creative work:

  • Competition Entry for UAE National Pavilion for Architecture Biennale, Venice 2018
  • Involvement in concept development for Pavilion of Humanity (EXPO 2020, Dubai)
  • Project involvement and collaboration with Louvre Abu Dhabi for Interactive Installations (with TCA),
  • Concept development for Traditional Weaponry Museum in Jazirat Al Hamra (MoID, 2016–2020)

Research Lab 2: NYUAD’s Plastic Recycling Research Lab (aka Plastic Lab)  []
The research focus in the Plastic Lab is on getting and sharing a holistic view onto global issues that relate to plastic and plastic recycling. As part of his work at the Plastic Lab Prof. Beck has received the following grants: First, a 10k $ Center Planning Grant in Fall 2019 to integrate the lab into a new Center of Sustainability Excellence, and second, a 50k $ grant for the Precious Plastic WANA Conference 2018. As part of his research, he lead a team of dedicated student research assistants and community members to work on answers, and develop solutions towards questions such as: Why plastic? How is it used in the market? What are the lifespans of the different types? What are processes of waste collection and processing? etc. To find answers to those questions Prof. Beck collaborated with partner institutions on a national and international level such as the following:

  • ADNH (NYUAD campus dining hall provider)
  • American University of Sharjah (UAE), College of Architecture and Design (CAAD), Prof. Zlatan Filipovic
  • Beuth University of Applied Sciences (GER, Berlin), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kristian Hildebrand
  • Borouge, Abu Dhabi Polymers Company Ltd.
  • CRVENA Association for Culture and Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Emirates Nature/WWF
  • Precious Plastic (Mattia Bernini, Delft, The Netherlands), and Precious Plastic Group Shanghai
  • SERCO Middle East (NYUAD Campus Facilities)
  • Zayed University (UAE), College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Prof. Adina Hempel

Prof. Beck collaborated with the NYUAD student initiative Ecoherence. Prof. Beck is founder of the NYUAD Precious Plastic Group, a student interest group (SIG) that collects, washes, shreds, and creates new products from plastic collected on NYUAD campus.

Selection of creative productions 2016–2020

Holi He project                                              March 2016
Crossroads project                                    Apr.–Sep. 2017
Augmented Architecture                       Apr.–Sep. 2018
Floating Cross Sections                           July 2018
Narrative Coordinates                             July 2018
Wadi Al Helo                                                   Oct. 2018
Saltation                                                            June 2019
Burj Al Fanteer                                              June 2019
Sea-level Change Abu Dhabi                 Oct 2019
UAE Museum of Infrastructure            2018-2019

Exhibitions showcasing creative production and project results

  • Sikka 2016, Dubai Art & Design Week, UAE, March 20 – April 20, 2016
  • Dutch Design Week 2016,Eindhoven, The Netherlands, (invitation by Maraya Art Center), 2016/10/22–30
  • FILE Media Arts Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil, July 22 – September 18, 2017
  • PopUp Exhibition, Art Academy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Oct 19 – Nov 19, 2017
  • White Cube – Project Show, NYUAD Art Center, Jan 30 – Feb 25, 2018
  • Crossroads (group exhibition), PPADD conference, American University of Sharjah, Feb 15 – 17, 2018
  • FILE Media Arts Festival, Sao Paolo, Brazil, July – September, 2018
  • Storytelling with Virtual Reality Exhibition, American University of Sharjah, UAE, Sep 25 – 27, 2018
  • ICAHM Annual Meeting 2018, poster presentation: "Non-Invasive Technologies: Decision Support and Information Dissemination", Montalbano Elicona, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy, Oct 25 – 28, 2018
  • NYUAD Research Conference, Wadi Al-Helo project, NYUAD, Conference Center, Nov 5 – 7, 2018
  • Exhibition »Plastic Fantastic«, NYUAD Project Space, Dec. 16 – 19, 2018
  • Installation at KuL-Conference: Wadi Al Helo, A Virtual Visit to Cultural Heritage Sites (with Pablo Dornhege, Zlatan Filipovic), Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany, May 23 – 24, 2019
  • Installation at "Glimpses – The Art of Science", NYUAD Arts Center, October 13 – 27, 2019

Reference persons
Prof. Dr. Samer Madanat, Dean of Engineering, NYUAD
Prof. Dr. Bryan Waterman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Development, NYUAD

* Topics:

  • Responding to change and business crisis
  • Explore emerging business information and Analytics Systems
  • Leverage information to mitigate, change impact, obstacles and threats
  • Review CRM innovation/information trends
  • Structure teams and tasks using Scrum/Kanban
  • Understand innovation trends
  • Identify opportunities for design
  • Better understanding people
  • Idea development
  • Implementation of ideas and maximizing its impact

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