Please join me in welcoming five new tenure–track faculty members to the College. These scholar-teachers will contribute work and expertise in their special areas of interest. They will also enrich the intellectual environment within the College and Georgia Tech by expanding our range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and the learning experiences we provide our students. I am confident that each of these individuals will further our momentum in knowledge creation, innovation, and problem solving at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and technology.
Kaye Husbands Fealing is an economist who comes to the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. During the course of her career, she has built an distinguished record of achievements in scholarship and education, as well as in national and international leadership and service. Her areas of expertise include international trade policy; science, technology, and innovation policy in specific contexts; knowledge generation and the development of networks.
Husbands Fealing developed models to measure science innovation and to measure the impacts of market forces and policy on the access of women and minorities to employment and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. She has held named professorships at two institutions and served as president of the National Economic Association. She developed the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and co-chaired the Science of Science Policy Interagency Task Group. At NSF, she also served as an economics program director. She was a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development, where she conducted research on NAFTA's impact on the Mexican and Canadian automotive industries and research on strategic alliances between aircraft contractors and their subcontractors.
Yanni Alexander Loukissas is a designer and ethnographer with a focus on the role of computation in cooperative practices of exploration and imagination. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he co-coordinated the Program in Art, Design and the Public Domain.
His research and teaching concentrate on the cultural dimensions of data, mapping, modeling, visualization, simulation and prototyping. Recent projects include: an institutional portrait of the Arnold Arboretum using metadata on 70,000 trees, vines and shrubs; a map of contributors to the Digital Public Library of America; and a visualization of human-machine interactions during the first lunar landing in 1969. He is a contributor to Simulation and its Discontents (MIT Press, 2009) and the author of Co-Designers: Cultures of Computer Simulation in Architecture (Routledge, 2012), an ethnographic study of design practice that explores ongoing social and technological transformations in professional life. He has also worked with Small Design Firm to develop information and way-finding systems for cultural institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University, he subsequently received a Master of Science and a PhD in Design and Computation at MIT. While at MIT, he worked with the Initiative on Technology and Self, the Media Lab, and the Center for Bits and Atoms. He also completed postdoctoral work at the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society.
Emanuele Massetti is Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Development Unit of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Research affiliate at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC). He is Lead Author for the Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC.
Emanuele holds a PhD in Economics from Catholic University of Milan, a MSc in Economics from University College London and a MA in Economics from Brown University. In 2011-2013 he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For FEEM he is involved in several European research projects. He has worked as consultant for the EBRD, the OECD, the UNDP and the UNEP. He has received a Marie Curie international fellowship for the years 2011-2014.
His main research interests are in Environmental Economics. He is one of the authors of WITCH, an Integrated Assessment Model to study optimal climate mitigation policies. Emanuele is now working at methods to estimate impacts of climate change and adaptation, especially in agriculture.
Gregory Zinman received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His research interests include experimental film and media, artists’ film and video, digital aesthetics, the moving image online, and early computer films. His writing has been published in venues including The New Yorker, American Art, Film History, and Millennium Film Journal. He is currently finishing his first book, Handmade: The Moving Image in the Artisanal Mode, and is editing, with John Hanhardt, Nam June Paik: Selected Writings, forthcoming from the MIT Press. He serves as a curatorial consultant to the Yale University Art Gallery and is co-curator of “Computer Age,” a traveling program of early computer films which recently screened at the Museum of the Moving Image and is heading to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other venues in 2015.