Tanner Upthegrove

Media Engineer

Tanner designs and maintains technology resources for the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). He facilitates the sound, video, and other technological needs of researchers and guests. Before joining ICAT, Tanner taught audio electronics at Full Sail University and was assistant engineer for Grammy Award winning Mastering Engineer Bob Katz.

R. Benjamin Knapp


R. Benjamin Knapp is the Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science. Dr. Knapp also leads the Music, Sensors, and Emotion research group, with researchers in the UK and the US.

Tom Martin

Associate Director

Tom Martin is a professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture + Design.

Ivica Ico Bukvic

Associate Professor, School of Performing Arts

The art of composer and intermedia sculptor Ivica Ico Bukvic (b.1976) is driven by the notion of ubiquitous interactivity. Fueled by a synergistic outlook, his work is a balancing act between scientific research of new multimedia technologies for the purpose of betterment of the overall quality of life and a pursuit of new forms of artistic expression using newfound tools. This passion for art and technology coupled by a traditional music background has empowered him to defy preexisting forms and even challenge the very foundations, yet do so without sacrificing their lasting appeal. His opus encompasses aural and visual, acoustic and electronic, performances and installations.

Christopher Williams

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Chris Williams is Assistant Professor with a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He is the Director of the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory and the co-director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing. In the realm of additive manufacturing, Chris’s expertise is focused in both process improvements and in creating a suite of design tools to guide the use of additive manufacturing to create functional, end-use artifacts (i.e., “Design for Additive Manufacturing”).

Liesl Baum

Research Assistant Professor, ICAT

Dr. Liesl Baum has been working with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) as a Research Assistant Professor since 2007 and is a Senior Fellow as a learning scientist. She is a recipient of the 2014 Moss Faculty Development Grant Award, which was used to enhance the annual Instrument Maker Camp in July, 2014, the third year of ICAT’s summer program for kids.

Matthew Wisnioski

Associate Professor, Science and Technology in Society

Matthew Wisnioski is associate professor in the department of Science, Technology, and Society and associate director of the Human Centered Design (HCD) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. His 2012 book “Engineers for Change: Competing Visions of Technology in 1960s America” is the inaugural volume in a new MIT Press Engineering Studies series.