Pamela L. Jennings -- Field Building

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Pamela L. Jennings is the Director of the Center for Design Innovation at the University of North Carolina in Winston-Salem. She is also the CEO and President of CONSTRUKTS, Inc. a start-up company that has been supported by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Highway1 Hardware Start-up incubator. She was the Director of the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Centers for Research and Collaboration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  The Shapiro Center was established to support the development of sponsored research opportunities and partnerships with civic, academic and corporate entities.  Jennings is a former National Science Foundation Program Officer. She managed the NSF CreativeIT and co-managed the Human Centered Computing programs.  Jennings’ research in cyberphysical systems for new game, learning, and design platforms includes the development of mixed-reality systems using wireless sensor networks.   Her projects are informed by critical theories of technology, discourse analysis, and theories of the public sphere with the premise that advanced technologies and complex systems can be the anchor of interactive experiences that are catalyst for discourse, discovery, and change.