Vice Provost Carol Strohecker

Carol Strokecker 270As the most recent member to join the team in Academic Affairs, Carol Strohecker assumes the newly created position of vice provost in August 2013. An award-winning designer of learning environments with a specialty in interactive media, she served most recently as director of the multi-campus Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina (UNC). In this capacity, she worked with the constituent campuses and the regional community to lead collaborative research, education, design and community economic development programs based on technologies for data sensing, capture, analysis, modeling and visualization.

Prior to her work in the UNC system, Strohecker was the principal investigator of the Everyday Learning group at the MIT-affiliated Media Lab Europe (MLE), where she served as one of its founding researchers. In that capacity, she advised program development for the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Education and Culture and for Information Society and Media, among other initiatives.

After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism, Strohecker held positions in publishing and graphic arts at the National Geographic Society and The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. She earned an MA in Visual Studies at MIT, working with the renowned cinema verité filmmaker Richard Leacock. In 1991 she completed her PhD at MIT after working with the renowned educational technologist and artificial intelligence theorist Seymour Papert. Emerging as a software designer and creator of “constructive” learning environments, she worked in the Human Interface Group at Sun Microsystems and then became one of the first researchers at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories. There her collaborative work led to four US software patents. 

Strohecker is a founding co-principal investigator of the SEAD network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design and has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MLE and Learning Lab Denmark.

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In a studio called Design Science students explore geometric patterns and relationships, in part by constructing models.