Jong S. (Mark) Lim, longtime School of Design faculty member and MFA Fine Arts ’97, passed away this August. The adjunct professor-CCE of industrial design joined Pratt Institute in 1998 and taught generations of students.
“Mark was a dedicated colleague, excellent educator, and dear friend to many in the department, the school, and the Institute,” said Ignacio Urbina Polo, chair of industrial design.
Lim received his BFA from Seoul National University in South Korea before studying at Pratt where he earned his MFA. Shortly after graduating, he was hired as a visiting assistant professor, becoming an adjunct professor-CCE in 2006. In addition to teaching in the Department of Industrial Design, he led classes in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He engaged years of students in the technical and creative process of drawing for product design.
“As a student, Mark taught me how to use a mill machine, a metal lathe, and a caliper,” said Peter Ragonetti, adjunct assistant professor of industrial design. “As a peer, Mark taught me that excitement in your students’ work starts with me.”
An artist and industrial designer with experience in engineering, Lim’s career was wide-ranging. He worked as an engineering specialist with Holmes & Narver, Inc. and a manager of industrial design research and development and author of design patents with the Conair Corporation. He exhibited his drawings and paintings at venues around the world including Gallery Korea in New York and Hyundai Art Gallery in Seoul, as well as the President’s Office Gallery and the Steuben West Gallery on the Pratt Brooklyn campus. His honors included awards from the Orange County Engineering Council.