5 Questions With…Walter Zesk, College of Engineering & Design


An associate professor of design in the College of Engineering & Design, Walter Zesk loves the “entrepreneurial spirit” most about his students. He has been teaching at JWU for four years, and he resides in Providence with his wife and two daughters. “I live on the east side right across the pedestrian bridge from the engineering building, so we spent as much time as possible wandering around Providence this summer,” and checking out places like Dune Brothers with his family (pictured below with one of his daughters). “This was the story of our summer.” Here’s 5 Questions With…Walter Zesk.

What new place would you most like to travel?
Iceland to try the fermented shark and visit an originator of direct democracy.

What is your favorite course to teach and why?
I love the Design for Manufacturing course because it brings together elements from many other classes. Students use their understanding of user-centered design, design process, system optimization, and material science to propose new products as potential business ventures.


What’s your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island?
Quito’s in Bristol...it’s my wife’s family’s restaurant.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of—personally and/or professionally?
This summer, while our home was gutted for renovations, my wife, two daughters and I stayed on a tiny sailboat together without driving each other crazy (for one night).

What’s your favorite thing about JWU?
I love the entrepreneurial spirit, and the willingness among students to work hard and build something amazing.