A New Orleans native, LaShana draws inspiration from the architecture, music, food, and the melding of French, Spanish, and Caribbean cultures that are integral to her home city. She earned her B.A. from Xavier University and her MBA from Meredith College. She and her husband, David, have 2 children, Victoria and David III.
Research interest: Solving the issue of access to distributors and end-users who may routinely bulk purchase wearables designed for the masses by design entrepreneurs and artisans.
Teresa Buckwalter, PLA
Research Interests: Teresa’s research interests include how to adapt urban design and community engagement for rural areas and small towns.
Bio: Lee has software development & project management experience as a technical producer, interactive designer and information architect. He has designed large-scale media projects that leverage technology, user experience design and information graphics for such companies as AmericanExpress, Accipiter, Böwe Bell & Howell, GlaxoSmithKline, Grant Hill Ventures, IBM, NBC Sports and USTA. He has a BA in Industrial Design from the College of Design and a MBA in Innovation Management from the Poole College of Management. Currently Lee manages and supports the research efforts within the Experience Design Lab and facilitates daily activities within the Information Technology Lab at the College of Design.
Research Interests: Researching areas of Explainable AI and Understandable AI, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, IoT, Big Data and Data Visualizations; examining the impact of close interactions between people and emerging technology by determining how empathy, trust and decision making processes are influenced when working with systems/frameworks that integrate and leverage intelligent agents such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Before accepting a position at North Carolina State University she was a Senior Landscape Designer at OLIN in Philadelphia where she worked on a variety of project types encompassing urban design, master planning and public gardens. Her passion in teaching is focused on digital representation, construction methods and ecological issues related to sustainable design, urban agriculture, stormwater management, and brownfield redevelopment. Carla is also the mother of two boys, who love to play in the landscapes she has designed.
Research area of interest: I want to research tactical, computer visualization tools which create immersive environments and identify best practices in sustainable design.
Research Interest: Interested in exploring how, across multiple disciplines, design processes can be used to better define complex, adaptive problems. By their nature, these problems are hard to define due to asymmetry of information, power and semantic disposition of multiple stakeholders. Kevin aims to understand the power of design in better addressing these kinds of problems.
Research Interest: Track athletes injuries are very common, especially in Elite athletes. When pushing the body’s physical limits injury is prone to occur; however, there are materials that can assist in healing and prevention.
Emily Burch Harris
Bio: Emily Burch Harris is a former copy and slot editor, page designer and reporter. She has been a Knight Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, Reynolds Fellow at Arizona State University and a Dow Jones News Fund Digital Journalist at Western Kentucky University.
She left the professional newsroom in 2007 to lead the students who work for The A&T Register, the student newspaper for North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The paper transitioned to a fully digital entity in fall 2018.
She and her husband have a son, two dogs and two fish.
Research Interests: Examining how K-12 students use media to obtain news and information. She is also interested in how critical thinking skills are used and enhanced or hindered by information design.
Research interests: Justin has interest in environmental design for games, and how it affects a user’s experience. He is also interested in how the aesthetic qualities can influence decision making inside and outside of games, using VR as an additional layer of immersion.
Research Interests: 3D Printing and digital fabrication have been strong tools in the design industry, but it also has its obstacles, errors, and risks. Considering printed materials versus man-made materials, what if we combine both materials in the design? What will the outcome look like? How time-efficient is the procedure and how will it enable a new typographic experience? Can we enhance the quality of 3D printed furniture by doing that? How are these items going to affect the environment?
Research Interest: Promotion of regional food systems as a programmatic driver for regional community and economic development. The basic question is; “what can design offer this process and what would it look like in our region”?
Research interest: Peterson’s research lies at the intersection of community, higher-ed, and design pedagogy aimed to bring sustainable change to in rural America. In 2016 he co-founded, Marion Design Co. a socially driven design studio that applies design focused research into action.
Research interests: Anne’s interest is piqued by the efficacy of therapeutic landscapes, and how landscapes can be tailored better for specific population groups. She is also passionate about researching landscapes that improve mental health.
AJ currently works at Educational Testing Services, and his claim to fame is his ability to design in real-time. He loves to teach, learn alongside others, and ask a ton of questions. Other likes include video games, martial arts, and problem-solving.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not who you know– It’s who knows you!” – Unknown
Research Interest: My research area of interest is in new synchronous learning models to both: (1) increase the desirability of Continuing Ed; especially design education, (2) create new business models for education.
Research Interests: Jonathan is interested in researching how objects of material culture are integrated into learning environments and how technology may mediate their integration.