Our Team

Miriam Langer

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 Cultural Technology Internship program, which has placed media arts students in paid positions in New Mexico’s cultural institutions since 2005.

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.


Lauren Addario

Lauren Addario holds a faculty position in Media Arts & Technology and is Director of the Cultural Technology Internship Program at New Mexico Highlands University, Lauren works directly with students to match their interests and skills with internships in museums and cultural organizations throughout the state. The program is part of a collaborative effort to bridge internships in New Mexico museums with a university curriculum while providing mentored training for students and 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

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.


Jonathan Lee

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.


Stan Cohen

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. 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 .He serves as the chief technology officer at BiRa Systems, in Albuquerque, designing data acquisition electronics for particle accelerators. Stan is the principal electronics designer for the CTDL’s Museduino project which develops circuit boards for the Arduino microcomputer ecosystem, specifically tailored to museum installations. He works with universities and museums to teach robust electronic fabrication and the appropriate use of microcontrollers in exhibits and public art installations. 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.


Rianne Trujillo

Visiting instructor Rianne Trujillo is the Lead Developer at the Cultural Technology Development Lab based at the museum classroom in Albuquerque.


Becca Sharp

Becca Sharp (she/her) is a physical computing and fabrication artist focussing on conservation and technology as well as technology and mental health. She has created projects using recycled materials, reused electronics and information about climate change, and is currently focused on using technology to bring awareness to mental health issues. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in the Media Arts & Technology program in 2020. Becca is currently finishing her Masters of Fine Arts in Cultural Technology in the program as well. She works primarily with 3D modeling using Blender, Unity 3D, soldering, and physical computing.


Mimi Roberts

For over 20 years, Mimi Roberts was the Director for Media Projects for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, she co-founded the CCT partnership with NMHU Professor Miriam Langer in 2005. Since then she has helped to expand the program and develop opportunities for class projects and paid internships in cultural institutions.

Mimi Roberts Spent her childhood as a museum brat at the Pasadena Art Museum and has worked in and around museums in a variety of roles throughout her professional career in California and New Mexico. In 1997 she was U.S. Commissioner of the Venice Biennale and organized an exhibition of paintings by Robert Colescott, the first African-American artist to represent the U.S. there in a single-artist exhibition. From 2000-2005 she directed the traveling exhibitions program for the Museum of New Mexico.


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