For details, see the current vita.


  • PhD Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
    Epistemology & Learning group, Media Laboratory
  • MS Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
    Visible Language Workshop and Film/Video group, Media Laboratory
  • BS Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, 1977
    Minor areas of focus: botany, graphic design, studio art

Continuing and Executive Education

  • Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics, Santa Fe Institute, 2015
  • Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, 2013
  • Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology, Santa Fe Institute / Stanford University, 2012
  • Strategic Negotiations, Harvard Business School, 2005
  • Health and Human Rights, Harvard Medical School, 2001
  • Science and Mind/Body Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2001
  • Humor, Optimism, and Cognitive Restructuring, Harvard Medical School, 2001
  • Introduction to Complex Systems, New England Complex Systems Institute, MIT, 2000
  • International Flaherty Film Seminar, Vassar College, 2000
  • The User's Guide to the Brain, Harvard Medical School, 2000
  • High-Performance Programming in Java, Brown University, 1999
  • Interactive Programming in Java, MIT, 1998
  • Topology in Biology, Georgetown University, 1998
  • Summer Workshop on DNA, Rowland Institute, 1997
  • Topology of DNA, University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • Virtual Reality, VPL, CA, 1993
  • Neuroscience: A Primer for the Clinician, Harvard Medical School, 1992
  • Neurology for the Non-Neurologist, Harvard Medical School, 1992
  • Various symposia, workshops, etc., MIT Media Laboratory, 1992-present


  • Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, USA, 2013-present
  • Director, Center for Design Innovation, University of North Carolina system, Winston-Salem NC, USA, 2006-2013
  • Principal Investigator, Everyday Learning research group; Member, Executive Team; Media Lab Europe, Dublin, Ireland; 2001-2005
  • Research Scientist; Senior Research Scientist; MERL - Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge MA, USA; 1991-2000
  • Multimedia / User Interface Designer, Human Interface Group, Sun Microsystems, Billerica MA, USA, 1990-1991
  • Research Assistant; Research Associate; Epistemology & Learning Group, MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge MA, USA; 1987-1991
  • Graduate Student; NEA Fellow; Consultant; 1984-1987
  • Director of Publications, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD, USA, 1981-1984
  • Early work in publishing and graphic arts included an internship and editorial assistantship with the National Geographic Society, Washington DC, USA


  • University of Washington, Bothell WA, USA, 2013
  • Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Winston-Salem NC, USA, 2010
  • Piedmont Triad Partnership, Greensboro NC, USA, 2009
  • Strohecker Associates, Dublin, Ireland and Cambridge MA, USA, 2005-2007
  • Washington University, St. Louis MO, USA, 2003
  • Epistemology & Learning Group, MIT Media Laboratory, Cambridge MA, USA, 1987
  • Digital Techniques, Inc., Burlington MA, USA, 1987
  • The J. Paul Getty Trust, Malibu CA, USA, 1987
  • The Analytic Sciences Corporation, Reading MA, USA, 1986-1988
  • Learncom Division, Sandy Corporation, Cambridge MA, USA, 1985-1986


  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Made in Rhode Island Manufacturing Collaborative, 2013-2016
  • Adjunct Faculty / Research Professor, Western Carolina University, 2010
  • Chief Research Officer, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2008-present
  • Instructor, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2006-present
  • Professor, Winston-Salem State University, 2006-present
  • Director, Center for Design Innovation, 2006-present
  • Visiting Lecturer, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, 2005-2006
  • Lecturer, Media Arts and Sciences program, MIT Media Lab / Media Lab Europe, 2002-2004
  • Presidential Nominee, MIT Corporation Visiting Committee, Department of Architecture and Media Arts and Sciences, 1996-2001
  • Executive Fellow, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1993
  • New Genres Fellow, Artists Foundation, MA Council for the Arts and Humanities, 1987
  • Arts Management Fellow, US National Endowment for the Arts, 1986


For details and information about workshops, talks and presentations, see the current vita.

  • Learning Lab Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2003
  • Media Lab Europe, Dublin, Ireland, 2002-2003
  • Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA, 1993-1994
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD, USA, 1986


  • Humanitarian in Technology honoree, ScottCares Foundation, 2009
  • Prix M´┐Żbius nominee, UNESCO / European Commission / National Centres for Science and Telecommunications Research, ART3000, France, 1996 (for Tired of Giving In)
  • Artists Foundation, Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities, 1987 (for A Different Train of Thought)
  • Nebraska Videodisc Award, 1987 (for Play Away Please!)
  • Cindy Award, Association of Visual Communicators, Hollywood, 1987 (for Play Away Please!)
  • Sun Photo Contest, The Baltimore Sun, 1975 (for Lion at Cylburn Park)


  • Working Group co-organizer, SEAD 5-year Update including representatives of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; American Association for the Advancement of Science; National Science Foundation; National Science Teachers Association; National Endowment for the Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; and Small Business Administration (with Roger Malina, Robert Thill, Carol LaFayette). Washington DC, 2016.
    • Educational and Professional Practices session co-organizer, Cultivating an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation through Collaborations among Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (with Roger Malina, Robert Thill, Carol LaFayette). College Art Association, Washington DC, 2016.
      • Workshop co-organizer, Connecting Cities and Campuses (with Jason Pace, Center for Serious Play). Innovation Forum: Engaging Design, University of Washington, Bothell, 2013.
        • Co-PI / Workshop host, Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts & Design, US National Science Foundation Workshop, University of North Carolina / Center for Design Innovation, 2011
          • Host co-organizer, Design, Art & Technology Symposium, Winston-Salem NC, 2010
            • Workshop co-organizer, Transformation of the Triad, Design, Art & Technology Symposium (with Jerald Leimenstoll, Jerry Linn, Robert Powell), UNC-Greensboro 2008, High Point University 2009
              • Instigator, Idea Exchange, Center for Design Innovation, 2007-present

              • For details about various projects and publications, see the current vita.


                Papers and Publications



                • Ackermann, E., Bromley, D. N., DeMaso, D. R., Gibson, S. F. F., Gonzalez-Heydrich, J., Karlin, J. G., Marks, J., Shen, C., Strohecker, C. Method and system for displaying icons representing information items stored in a database. Filed 22 June 1998; issued 3 April 2001 [Experience Journals: Children's Hospital, Boston / MERL #1180, US #6,211,876]
                • Strohecker, C., Barros, B. System for designing graphical multi-participant environments. Filed 6 March 1998; issued 8 August 2000 [WayMaker: MERL #1154, US #6,100,896]
                • Ackermann, E., Strohecker, C., Agarwala, A. Systems and methods for constructive-dialogic learning. Filed 23 December 1997; issued 22 August 2000 [Magix: MERL #1133, US #6,106,299]; Continuation filed 8 February 1999; issued 15 October 2002 [Magix: MERL #1203, US #6,464,501]

                Application filed

                • Strohecker, C., Slaughter, A. H. Method for designing characters and simulating dancing. Filed US 16 August 2000 [Zyklodeon: MERL #1289].

                Provisionals filed

                • Taylor, A., Foley-Fisher, Z., Strohecker, C. Intermodal dynamic typography system. Filed US November 2004 [Polymorphic Letters: MLE].
                • Donovan, B., Strohecker, C., Lewis, S. Method and apparatus for displaying time-constrained activities. Filed US October 2004 [Amble Time: MLE].
                • Donovan, B., Wood, A., Davenport, G., Strohecker, C. Method and apparatus for providing information based on location and environmental data. Filed US October 2004 [Nature Trailer: MLE].
                • Strohecker, C., Rasmussen, R., Foley-Fisher, Z., Karau, M., O'Hanlon, B., Cader, R., Cherubini, M. Method and device for detecting toxic components in an environment. Filed UK 6 October 2003 [Smoke Rings: MLE].


                • Bones, WayMaker, and PatternMagix: Test Tube trials, Museum of Science, Boston, 2000
                • Play Away Please!: United States Golf Association museum, 1987-1998
                • A Different Train of Thought: Tech2000, Washington, DC, 1989-1990; InterTainment, New York, 1988; CityPlace, Boston, 1988; MIT Media Laboratory, 1986; LaserActive, International Interactive Communications Society, Boston, 1986; Convergence: An International Forum on the Moving Image, Montreal, 1986
                • Photographs: City Hall, Baltimore, 1983

                Professional and Community Service:

                For further information, see the current vita.

                • Integrating Education in the Arts and Humanities with Education in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Medicine, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and hosted by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC, 2015.
                • Nature Climate Leadership Summit, American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, 2014
                • Design + Computing Advisory Panel, UNC-Charlotte, 2012-2013
                • Master's Taskforce, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences / Biomedical Sciences, Wake Forest University, 2012-2013
                • Working Group on Advanced Manufacturing, Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University, 2012-2013
                • Broadcasting Production and Technology Advisory Committee, Forsyth Technical Community College, 2012
                • Advisory Board, Design Computing and Cognition International Conference, 2007, 2008
                • Reviewer, William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition, 2007, 2008
                • Advisory/Program Committee, ACM International Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 2006-2007, 2009-2011, 2013
                • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 2006
                • Panelist, Emerging Technologies, MIT CIO Symposium, Cambridge, 2006
                • Delegate, World Summit on the Information Society, Tunis, 2005
                • Conference Committee, Interaction Design and Children, 2005
                • Key Rapporteur, Learning Enablers, Towards a Learning Society, Brussels, 2005
                • eLearningeuropa expert, Pau Education, Barcelona, 2005
                • Invitee, Creating, Sharing and Re-using eLearning content, National College of Ireland, 2004
                • Program Committee, Story Representation, Mechanism and Context, ACM Multimedia, 2004
                • Advisory Board, Liberating Learning, Dublin Digital Hub, 2004
                • Program Committee, 8th Eurographics Workshop on Multimedia, 2004
                • Advisory Board, 6th International Conference on Computational and Cognitive Models of Creative Design, 2003-2004
                • Program Committee, ACM Technology-Enhanced Learning, 2003
                • Vice-Chair, International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, 2002-2004
                • International Committee, Visual and Spatial Reasoning in Design conferences, University of Sydney, Australia, and University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2000-2002
                • Reviewer, MIT Press, 2000-2001
                • Reviewer, Design Computing on the Net, 2000
                • Reviewer, Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, 2000
                • Juror, Department of Architecture, MIT, 2000
                • Invitee, Digital Childhood: A Research Agenda on Human Development & Technology, 2000
                • Session Chair, Adaptive Hypermedia, International Workshop on Advanced Learning Technologies, 2000
                • New Media SIG, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, 1999
                • Reviewer, Spatial Cognition II, Springer-Verlag, 1999
                • Juror, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1998-2000
                • Panel Chair, Parent/Child/Physician Communication, Future of Health Technologies, 1998
                • Guest coordinator, Learning Designs, Multimedia Unplugged, neoMuseum, Japan, 1998
                • Vision Award Committee, Boston Film/Video Foundation, 1998
                • Reviewer, ACM CHI conference, 1998
                • Reviewer, IBM Systems Journal, 1997-2001
                • Advisory Board, Ocean of Know / Young MacDonald's Farm (NSF-funded informal education consortium, NY), 1997-1999
                • Coordinator, Internship Program, MERL, 1997-1999
                • Facilitator, 2B1 Foundation (MIT Media Lab project on technologies in 3rd World countries), 1997
                • Reviewer, ACM Multimedia conference, 1997
                • Board of Special Reviewers, User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 1996-2000
                • Reviewer, International Conference on the Learning Sciences, 1996
                • Mentor, Keypals program, Cambridge Public Schools, 1996
                • Juror, Interaction Design Awards, ACM Interactions, 1995-1997
                • Reviewer, IEEE Multimedia conference, 1995-1997
                • Invitee, NSF Workshop on a Research Agenda for Educational Technology, 1995
                • Atelier Gargarian (collective of learning researchers), 1995
                • Juror, Rhode Island School of Design, 1994, 2000
                • Reviewer, International Conference on Technology and Education, 1993
                • Reviewer, ACM SIGGRAPH conference, 1993
                • Reviewer, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, MIT Press, 1992-present
                • Member, Association of Computing Machinery, various years 1992-present
                • Mentor, Research Science Institute, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998
                • Reader, Reading Service for the Blind, Marshfield MA, 1992
                • Reader, Radio Reading Service, Baltimore MD, 1977
                • Announcer, WBJC, Baltimore MD, 1974


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