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Photographer and filmmaker Dustin Cohen paints a striking portrait of Pratt Institute’s chief engineer in his latest work, Conrad and The Steamplant. The video follows the story of 79-year-old Conrad Milster, who starting in 1965 became one of only four to hold his position at the Brooklyn campus power plant in its 127-year history. Standing below several floors of drawing and painting studios, the nineteenth century steam engines provide heat and hot water throughout the Brooklyn campus to this day thanks to Milster’s loving care. His gentle nature is extended to the stray cats that call Pratt’s warm engine room and spacious green their home; fed and fostered by Milster himself, the so-called “Pratt Cats” play an integral part in the school’s eccentric culture. Beautifully shot and expertly edited, Cohen’s film is a just tribute to the underappreciated, warmhearted man who after six decades behind the scenes has kept Pratt running smoothly.  Watch the video here.

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Lizzie Wright

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website