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Susan Reiser

SENCER Center of Innovation South Co-Director
Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at UNC Asheville
Asheville, NC
Susan Reiser teaches at UNC Asheville where she is a Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean of Natural Sciences. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees are both in computer science: a BS from Duke and an MS from South Carolina. After a 10-year career in industry and multiple stints at Duke University Medical Center’s electrophysiology lab, she was hired to teach in the Computer Science Department at UNC Asheville, North Carolina’s public liberal arts college on a one-year contract. Over the next twenty plus years she developed and co-developed over 20 new courses, most of which involve active learning and civic engagement and are positioned at the intersection of art and technology. For the last five years, she and colleague Rebecca Bruce have been reinventing their disability-themed Creative Fabrication course, an Art + Mechatronics interdisciplinary course with an emphasis on user-centered design thinking. This year, students in Creative Fab are once again working with senior clients, medical school students, and health care professionals to develop assistive technology. Susan is the PI on a small NSF grant, “Computing in the Arts;” active in ACM SIGGRAPH (the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) and NC GEARUP; a founding member of the STEAM Studio [Makerspace] Team; a Seton Hall Digital Humanities Fellow; an Autodesk Faculty Fellow; and, with UNC Asheville’s Associate Provost Ed Katz, she serves as the SENCER Center of Innovation South Co-Director.