Curriculum Vitae

Michael Nashef
8371 Lovers Lane, Portage MI 49002 | 517-944-1315 | 2nashef@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH
Masters of Fine Arts in three dimensional studies – Jewelry/Metals Design 2016

Kendall College of Art and Design of F.S.U., Grand Rapids MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Metals/Jewelry Design 2006
Honors: Cum Laude 3.52 GPA, First graduate from this program at KCAD

Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
Associates Degree in General Studies 2002

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Enrolled in Computer Science Program 2002 – 2003
Computer Science Courses, Calculus IV Courses

CERTIFICATES

Gemvision Main headquarters, Moline, IL
Certificate of Completion – Matrix 7.0 2012

Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Carlsbad, CA
Certificate of Diamond Essentials 2008

AWARDS

Two piece Finalist in the Jewelers Choice Award, BW Simon .com 2007

Best use of Gem in a Jewelry Piece, Jewelry + Objects, MSG Semi Annual Exhibition, Ann Arbor MI 2005

Merit Award Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design 2004

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lecturer – Swimways Company, Virginia Beach, VA
Course: Advanced Rhino 5.0 Summer 2016
2 Rail Sweep, Network curves, Lofting, Flow commands, Layers, Curve, surface, and solid trouble shooting in join and boolean commands. concept analysis of building models, object analysis for production.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Design (KCMJ 120) Fall 2015
Course: Jewelry Design I and Design II (KCMJ) Fall 2015
Developed Syllabi and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

Lecturer – MITD (Mauritius Institute of Training and Development), Mauritius Island
Course: Hand Jewelry Design and Cad Jewelry Design (Matrix 8.0, T-spline, Rhino 5.0) Summer 2015
Developed Syllabus and overall course structures, taught jewelry design and CAD Design (Matrix 8.0 and Rhino 5.0). Traveled overseas to Mauritius and did a residency at MITD where I trained a variety of students with different backgrounds (i.e. Jewelry store owners, Jewelers, Jewelry Manufacturers, trainers, and students) in Gemvision (Matrix 8.0 and T-spline) and how to draw and sketch jewelry.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Design (KCMJ 120) Spring 2015
Course: Introduction to Jewelry and Metal Design (KCMJ 120) Spring 2015
Developed Syllabi and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Jewelry Design I and Design II (KCMJ – 211 ~ KCMJ – 312) Fall 2014
Developed Syllabus and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Digital Modeling (KCIN – 360) Fall 2010
Developed Syllabus and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Professional Practices (KCMJ – 441) Fall 2009
Developed Syllabus and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

Adjunct Instructor – Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Course: Professional Practices (KCMJ – 441) Spring 2008
Developed Syllabus and overall course structures, administered all projects and grades.

PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Intersecting Hearts Collection, Portage MI
Owner, Designer April 2014 – Present
Launched and published a new engagement/wedding set collection named “Intersecting Hearts Collection”. The first debut of this Collection/company was in the Chicago Smart jewelry show in 2014. A link to this collection is provided here: www.intersectinghearts.com
Owner and designer of this collection, I run all the affairs of the company, I mainly use Matrix 8.0 to create and design all new pieces and produce them in a popper manner.
Exhibited in multiple jewelry trade shows: Such as SJTA (Atlanta Jewelry Show) Georgia, and Instore Smart Jewelry Show, Chicago.
Currently the Collection is displayed and sold in many retail jewelry stores and in multiple states.

Diamond Nexus – Franklin WI
Lead CAD Designer March 2011 – March 2014
Full utilization of Matrix 7.0/Rhino 4.0 –from initial sketch to full product development.
Collaborate with Customers to create that one of a kind Piece of Jewelry
Full CAD presentation with renders for Customers , and production worthy for manufacturers
Train and help other CAD designers with their design process.
Work with production and marketing department on creating new product ideas 
and product development.
Create new procedures to enhance work flow and continuity of projects.
Implemented a new incentive program for Cad Designers to increase productivity and self-involvement in projects.

Diamond Nexus – Franklin WI
CAD Designer October 2010 – February 2011
Full utilization of Matrix 6.3/Rhino 4.0 –from initial sketch to full product development.
Collaborate with Customers to create that one of a kind Piece of Jewelry
Full CAD presentation with renders for Customers , and production worthy for manufacturers

Medawar Jewelers
Jewelry Store Manager 2005 – 2010
Managed a team of up to seven sales associates.
Coach employees on product knowledge for continuous self-development
Responsible and hold accountability for store and inventory security (Approx. $750,000), and safety for opening and closing procedures/ holder of all store keys and security codes
Conduct frequent and regular evaluation, and control, of merchandise inventory
Master jeweler level for bench work
Outstanding ability to consult with, and execute designs requested by a wide spectrum of clientele.
Implemented a new computer system/POS; and trained all associates thereon at the four stores of the Medawar Company.
Responsible for negotiating marketing and advertising contracts for TV, Radio, Print, Billboards, and Internet media (Approx. budget $65,000/year)
Design most of the print, billboards, and visual art work for Medawar Company advertisements.
Introduced a new line of Jewelry to Medawar Jewelers that generated in eight month period approx. $500,000 extra revenue.
Medawar Jewelers
Bench Jeweler 1999 – 2005
Thorough knowledge of Gems, Precious Metals & Gold Jewelry.
Thorough knowledge of the machine processes, and all skills needed for crafting jewelry, master bench jeweler level.
Jewelry and diamond sale associate.
PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

Bench Magazine, Passion Award Finalist
benchmagazine.com – 2007
The Kendall Portfolio, seniors’ Article, “Meet the Graduating Class of the Allesee Metals/Jewelry Program”
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI – 2006
News Letter, mention of winning the Jewelry + Objects Award
Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI – 2005
Metal Smith Magazine, “Advertisement for Kendall College”
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI – 2005
Portfolio Book, Metals and Jewelry section.
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI – 2004
Exhibitions
Keystone Metals Forum III, Touchstone center of Arts, PA – Fall 2016
SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show, Atlanta GA – Summer 2016
IJO Jewelry Show, Washington DC – Summer 2016
SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show, Atlanta GA – Winter 2016
IJO Jewelry Show, Orlando FL – Winter 2016
SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show, Atlanta GA – Summer 2015
SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show, Atlanta GA – Winter 2015
Chicago Smart Jewelry Show, Navy Pier, Chicago IL – 2015
Chicago Smart Jewelry Show, Navy Pier, Chicago IL – 2014
Columbus Chicago Smart Jewelry Show, Navy Pier, Columbus OH – 2010
Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor MI – 2010
Jewelry + Objects, MSG Semi Annual exhibition, Ann Arbor MI – 2007
Jewelry + Objects, MSG Semi Annual exhibition, Ann Arbor MI – 2005
SNAG Student Exhibition, St Petersburg, FL – 2004
WEE, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids MI – 2003
Skills
Proficient in: Communication, negotiation, and presentation skills – Ability to assess situations, excellent problem solving skills – Able to work in a team environment yet also function independently if needed – Strong presentation and collaboration skills
Competent in: Rhino3D 5.0 – Matrix 8.5 – V-Ray – Key Shot – Adobe Suite CS – Laser welding – Laser Cutting – Vinyl Cutting – CNC machining – Microsoft Office – Computer software and networking – website design.
Knowledgeable in: Rapid Prototyping – Solid Scape machining – wood working – Production Multiples – Art Cam
LANGUAGES
English – speak fluently and read/write with high proficiency
Arabic – native language
French – speak, read, and write with basic competency