Susan Reiser

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • University of North Carolina at Ashville, Vassar College

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  • Vassar College


  • Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America


  • SIGGRAPH 2023

    I teach at UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, our 12,000 square foot making space where we emphasize human-centered design through the melding of art, computing, and engineering in projects with and for community partners. While my academic background is computer-science centric, since grad school I’ve taken a variety of art and machining classes. My graphics-related work has transitioned from writing computer vision applications for the Electrophysiology Lab at Duke Med School to creating data materializations with Courtney Starrett. After a 10-year stint in industry, I landed in academia, teaching classes in computer science and developing classes in new media at North Carolina’s public liberal arts college. I enjoy swimming and hiking – especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the California Coastal Trail.


    Susan Reiser is a Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Computer Science, New Media, and Mechatronics Engineering where her research and art involves tangible computing, data materialization, and fabrication. Over the last 20 years, she’s developed or co-developed over 25 new courses at the intersection of technology and the arts – including two Processing courses. Since its inception in 1998, she has been part of the New Media Department where she served for ten years as the program’s Associate Director. She also serves as the Associate Dean of Natural Sciences, Co-Director of the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities) Center of Innovation South, and is one of the collaborative co-founders of UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio, a 12,000 square foot maker space.

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