Director for Media Projects, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, co-founded the CCT partnership with NMHU Professor Miriam Langer in 2005, and has been serving as the program’s co-director and liaison with cultural institutions and media businesses ever since. Partnerships that she develops and maintains form the basis of paid internship opportunities and class projects for cultural technology students. In 2010 she pioneered the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program (ACT), the only AmeriCorps program in the nation focused on the design and technology needs of cultural institutions. In 2012 she helped establish the CCT Community Technology Program that promotes digital literacy and STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), through makerspaces in Las Vegas, NM, and Albuquerque, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, and a statewide outreach program to public and tribal libraries in partnership with the New Mexico State Library. She also helped spearhead creation of the Museum Classroom at the Natural History Museum, the first fully embedded university program in a museum, and the CT Development Lab, an RD program that brings together NMHU faculty and students, museum professionals, and other partners to work together on projects for cultural clients. CCT graduates have gone on to successful careers in major museums, advertising and design firms, and non-profit organizations, as well as starting their own creative businesses.
Miriam Langer is a professor of Media Arts and Technology at New Mexico Highlands University, where she teaches physical computing and exhibit design. She is the co-director of the Center for Cultural Technology – a partnership between NMHU and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and runs the PICT (Program in Cultural Technology) project. She’s the co-founder of the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program, which has placed media arts students in paid positions in New Mexico’s cultural institutions since 2011.
Miriam attended Cornell University and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Her current research is the development of the Museduino, an open source electronics environment for exhibit designers and installation artists, which debuted at the Association of Science & Technology Centers (ASTC) Conference in Montreal. She has recently been a visiting artist at College of the Atlantic and Grinnell College. Miriam presents at ASTC, Museum Computer Network, Museums & the Web, and NM Association of Museums, among others. She’s guest-lectured at the University of Lugano and the University of Siena, where she does her best to talk about Arduino in its native Italian.
Director of the AmeriCorps Cultural Technology Program at New Mexico Highlands University, Lauren places and manages interns in museums and cultural organizations throughout the state while teaching two courses per semester for the Media Arts and Technology Department at NMHU. The program is part of a collaborative effort to bridge internships in New Mexico museums with a university curriculum while providing mentored training for recent graduates. Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Media Arts and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from New Mexico Highlands University.
Doug Patinka is the Deputy CIO at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs where he oversees planning and projects for the department’s 15 programmatic and administrative divisions. He has been actively involved in the application of web and digital technologies for museums, cultural, and educational institutions since 1996.
Visiting professor Jonathan Lee earned a master of media arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University and a bachelor of computer science from the University of North Texas. He worked for four years developing interactives for museums and other cultural institutions at Ideum, a creative company based in Corrales, New Mexico, that develops software, multitouch hardware, and offers design and installation services to museums, nonprofits, and socially responsible companies. He helped establish the CCT Museum Classroom and Development Lab and focuses on native mobile development and mobile web development.
Visiting SSD professor Dr. Stan Cohen helped to establish the CCT Museum Classroom and Development Lab. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. and M.S. in physics and has a Ph.D. in experimental atomic physics from the University of New Mexico. He serves as the chief technology officer at BiRa Systems, in Albuquerque. Stan is the founder of the Center for Art and Exhibit Electronics Design (CAEED), through which he works with universities and museums to teach robust electronic fabrication and the appropriate use of microcontrollers in exhibits and public art installations. Dr. Cohen spent 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a physicist, controls engineer, and team leader at the LANSCE 800 MeV proton accelerator. Stan designed and built the microcontroller-based electronics for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) permanent Hall-of-the-Stars exhibit. The exhibit was awarded the 2014 Gold Muse award presented by the American Alliance of Museums for Interpretive Interactive Installations. He was appointed a Guest Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bradbury Science Museum where he acted as technical liaison for the 2014 Reverse Engineering Workshop at the Los Alamos Science Fest. He presented a seminar at NMMNHS on the use of low-cost microcontroller technology in interactive exhibits, called “Behind the Lights and the Curtains”.
Media Arts & Technology Faculty Biographies