Alex Nathanson

  • Multimedia engineer and adjunct professor


 Alex Nathanson

Alex has been active as a multi-media artist for over 11 years.  His Solar Powered Art at Pioneer Works was recognized in Verge.

moving solar powered sculpture

He helped co-curate Nightlight, a project that turned a Queens garden into an interactive light exhibit, in 2014. He managed Sunset, a Central Park installation that consisted of a solar-powered ice cream truck. Now he’s also spreading his knowledge to others at pioneer works. His classes teach students — who don’t need prior engineering experience — how to build sound circuits powered by up-cycled solar cells from Jameco.

As an educator, he works with students as young as 7 to graduate students and working professionals, teaching engineering skills through creative projects. He is a certified NABCEP Photovoltaic Associate and received a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2019. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor in the IDM program at NYU Tandon and is writing a book on the history of solar power art and design, which is being published by Routledge.