These faculty members champion interdisciplinary research that examines how traditional liberal arts can be infused with science and engineering.
“These appointments reflect our commitment to education that connects the arts and humanities with technology and science,” said Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
Alongside the new hires, the ATEC program also recently received a new home in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, a 155,000-square-foot facility that provides space for courses in arts and technology, visual arts, emerging media and communications.
The building features a 1,200-seat lecture hall, where the newly created ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series offers a forum for guest speakers to further illuminate the concepts behind the merger of art and technology.
Dr. Paul Fishwick, ATEC Distinguished University Chair, professor of computer science
Previously: Director of Digital Arts and Sciences, University of Florida
Research Interests: Modeling and simulation, exploring new representational approaches to automata as well as mathematical and computational models
“Models are common to all disciplines within the University. They are designed and constructed to help us understand a breadth of subjects from extreme weather to business trends. And, creating a model is really an artistic process, so what we’re doing in the lab fully embodies the spirit of the Arts and Technology (ATEC) program.”
Dr. Max Schich, associate professor, arts and technology
Previously: Consultant working with libraries, museums, research projects after completing a PhD in art history, and a master’s in art history, classical archaeology and psychology
Research Interests: Creating models that show what abstract concepts and complex equations represent, which brings human interaction to the STEM fields
“There are patterns that aren’t readily apparent in culture, but with the amounts of data that we now have, I can take a step back and look at the big picture. It is like looking at a coral reef from an airplane, only we are the polyps and cultural products are the calcium from which the reef is built. Working with students, we acquire data, explore and use all means necessary to find and understand interesting patterns, and aim to present our results to both scientific peers and a wider audience.”