High-Low Tech Group
Leah Buechley is a designer, engineer, artist, and educator whose work explores intersections and juxtapositions--of "high" and "low" technologies, new and ancient materials, and masculine and feminine making traditions. She also develops tools that help people build their own technologies, among them the LilyPad Arduino kit. She recently left her position as an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab to focus on an independent design practice. While at MIT she founded and directed the High-Low Tech research group. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ars Electronica Festival, and the Exploratorium, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Popular Science, and Wired. Leah received a PhD in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. At both institutions she also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design.
A Few Selected Talks
FabLearn Keynote: a critical look at MAKE-ing
TED Talk on Sketching Electronics
NSF Cyberlearning Summit Talk on Art, Craft, and Electronics
Open Hardware Summit talk on When Open Source Hardware is Important and When it's Not