Byron Lahey

School of Arts, Media + Engineering
PO Box 875802
TEMPE
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802

Biography

I am an artist, educator and engineer. I earned my BFA (Sculpture) from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990,  my MFA (Sculpture) from Arizona State University in 1997 and my Ph.D in Media Arts and Science from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University in 2015.  Dr. Winslow Burleson was my dissertation chair. Dr. Sha Xin Wei, Dr. Garth Paine and Dr. Daniel Collins completed my dissertation committee. My dissertation is titled: A Maker's Mechanological Paradigm, Seeing Experiential Media Systems as Structurally Determined. 

I currently teach in the Digital Culture program at Arizona State University, specializing in physical computing systems. I have directorial and mentoring roles in the Digital Culture Lounge and Digital Culture Incubator and am pursuing research on "expressive robotics".

My prior work has included research in the Synthesis Center under the direction of Dr. Sha Xin Wei and the creation and evaluation of Paperphone under the direction of Dr. Roel Vertegaal at the Human Media Lab at Queens University. I've taught at Arizona State University, Western Washington University and Phoenix Country Day School. I was an active member of The Studio at SIGGRAPH from 2002 to 2013, producing and leading workshops and activities in wearable computing, experimental sound, video and other media. I've worked as a teacher, professional sculptor, multimedia artist, programmer, consultant, fabricator and engineer in academic and commercial realms. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA Space Grant and the Ford Foundation.

When I'm not teaching, building media systems or conducting research, some of my favorite things to do are rock climbing, playing and building guitars and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Education

May 2015

Doctor of Philosophy, Media Arts and Science, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Arizona State University

Jan 1997

Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Herberger School of Fine Arts, Arizona State University

Jan 1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, University of Northern Iowa

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
AME 240 Intro to Physical Computing
AME 494 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 593 Applied Project
AME 598 Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 210 Media Editing
AME 330 Digital-Physical Systems
AME 484 Internship
AME 492 Honors Directed Study
AME 493 Honors Thesis
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 790 Reading and Conference
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 210 Media Editing
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 593 Applied Project
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 210 Media Editing
AME 330 Digital-Physical Systems
AME 484 Internship
AME 493 Honors Thesis
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 210 Media Editing
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 792 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 485 Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486 Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 210 Media Editing
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 330 Digital-Physical Systems
AME 593 Applied Project
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 484 Internship
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
AME 112 Computational Thinking for DC
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 590 Reading And Conference
AME 792 Research
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
AME 111 Intro to Digital Culture
AME 394 Special Topics
AME 593 Applied Project