Carol Strohecker is Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Her creative practice, research on learning, studies of complex systems, and "designing so others can design" have contributed to contexts of growth and change, including technology R&D, academic administration, organizational start-up, and community economic development.
A co-founder of the network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design, spawned through grants from the US National Science Foundation, she inaugurated the roles of Vice Provost at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Director at the Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina.
Previously Dr. Strohecker was Principal Investigator of the Everyday Learning research group at Media Lab Europe, the European partner of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MLE, she worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and in the Human Interface Group of Sun Microsystems.
She earned the PhD of Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991 and the Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT in 1986. Dr. Strohecker has served MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences as a Lecturer and as a Presidential Nominee on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee.
Her collaborative work in interactive media tools and methods has resulted in four US patents. Her awards also include Fellowships with the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, the US National Endowment for the Arts, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
An alumna of Harvard Law School's course in Strategic Negotiations and Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School, Dr. Strohecker has served on research and advisory panels for NSF and the European Commission. She was a selected delegate at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society, which stemmed from resolutions of the International Telecommunication Union and the United Nations General Assembly.
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