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Confessions of a Margin Scribbler

Tom Martin

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Friday 10/12 10:10-11:40am

Goodwin 145

For about a dozen years, I have worked with faculty and students from across Virginia Tech on a variety of interdisciplinary design and education projects.  In this talk, I will describe my experiences on these projects, ranging from smart pet care products for the elderly to the Virginia Tech ECE Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant.  One of the threads that runs through all of these experiences is that the convergence of design thinking and computational thinking means that the next generation of designers and engineers must be skilled at working in the margins between traditional disciplines. 

Bio: Tom Martin is a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, with courtesy appointments in the School of Architecture + Design and the Department of Computer Science.  He is the associate director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), and the co-director of the E-textiles Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.  His research and teaching interests include wearable computing, electronic textiles, and interdisciplinary design teams for pervasive computing.  In 2006 he was selected for the National Science Foundation's Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research in e-textile-based wearable computing.