Andy Engel

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Since coming to Wayne State University in the fall of 2008 as a full-time doctoral student, I have taken an expansive view of my concentration, New Media. I am teaching myself web design and have built a website to showcase the growing digital portion of my research ( My background includes an undergraduate degree in architecture that culminated in a design project for an infill cemetery in downtown St. Louis, which was followed by service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Jamaica working with Habitat for Humanity. Currently my research interests include: the various conceptions of space and how we participate in them; emergence and other decentralized models of organization; and, media and mediation as they relate to both aiding and denying communication between individuals and between groups. I am working to fine-tune a paper for publication that explores how cellular phones operate as a companion species and the implications of classifying them as such. Additionally, I am working to design a course based around cyberpunk literature as a platform for exploring how technology affects our understanding of the concept of space and the opportunities that we are afforded when they are combined, overlapped, and nested together. My short-term goal is to graduate in 2012 with materials that demonstrate a melding of digital theory and digital application. In the long-term, I hope to teach in a manner that combines theory and practice to discuss our spaces and our selves, and how loose the boundary is between the two.

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