Pamela L. Jennings

Pamela L. Jennings, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Design Innovation

Professor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Winston-Salem State University

Professor of Design and Production, UNC School of the Arts





Pamela 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.

Prior to her appointment at the Center for Design Innovation, Pamela directed the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a faculty focused initiative to raise the profile of research in the arts through funding, mentoring, and partnership development. Pamela served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation Computer & Information Science & Engineering directorate. She led the CreativeIT program and co-managed the Human Centered Computing, Cyberlearning Transforming Education and Computer Research Infrastructure programs. Pamela served on the Federal Council for the Arts and Humanities and the Networking & Information Technology Research and Development Alliance (NITRD) Social, Economic and Workforce Coordinating Group (SEW). As a champion of interdisciplinary research between the Arts and Design and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) she funded research projects, workshops, conferences, and meetings that convened stakeholders in the field to develop strategic plans for strengthening the STEM + Art or STEAM research and pedagogy platform. Prior to her position at the NSF, Pamela was the Director of the Advanced Research Technology Lab at the Banff New Media Institute in Banff, Alberta and adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary in Canada. From 2001 to 2008 Pamela was a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in the School of Art in the College of Fine Arts and the Human Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science. She developed new curriculum and research projects that engaged students from academic disciplines from the Fine and Applied Arts to Computer Science and Engineering.

Pamela's technology background is rooted in her visual arts work in photography, digital graphics, video, performance, sound, multimedia, and physical computing. In the 1990's her foundation in the Arts led to positions with several multimedia companies including: Voyager; Time Warner Interactive; and NBC Interactive. She was the Project Manager and Lead Designer for the IBM alphaWorks project; Interaction Design Researcher with the IBM Almaden User System Ergonomics Research Lab; and the SRI International Center for Technology in Learning.

Pamela is a 1993 MacDowell Artist Colony Fellow. Her creative works are discussed in "Creating Their Own Image: the History of African-American Women Artists", Oxford University Press and "Struggles for Representation: African American Film/Video/New Media Makers", Indiana University Press. She has presented her works at several Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) conferences and other cultural institutions including: Science World, Vancouver, BC; Spelman Museum of Fine Arts; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; FE Gallery Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Parsons' School of Design, New York; Massachusetts Institute of Technology List Center for Visual Arts; 707 Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Studio Museum of Harlem, New York; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario; and several international film and video festivals. She curated the 2007 exhibition "Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary: shared visions between art and technology at the Washington DC National Academy of Sciences. Pamela has received funding from the National Science Foundation; Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE); Rockefeller Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Pamela received her PhD in Human Centered Systems Design and Digital Media, School of Computer Science, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom; MBA, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; MFA in Computer Art, School of Visual Arts; MA in Studio Art, International Center of Photography/New York University Program; and BA in Psychology, Oberlin College.


Tanya M. Evans

Ms. Tanya M. Evans

Executive Assistant, Center for Design Innovation


Tanya joined CDI in April 2016. Her previous work experience includes grant management, reporting, proposal writing, prospect research, Human Resource Development instruction, accounts receivable/cash management, office and project management among other abilities. She brings over sixteen years of experience from the North Carolina Community College System. Tanya has a Bachelor's Degree from North Carolina central University with a concentration in Finance.

Richard Phillips - Systems Architect


Richard Phillips

Systems Architect


Richard joined CDI in 2008. He has provided tech support for a wide range of interdisciplinary research collaborations at the CDI. He relies on more than 25 years' experience in technology systems development, entrepreneurship and mentoring.



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