Mark Baskinger is Director of the First Year program and Associate Professor in the School of Design who teaches courses in interaction and industrial design. His interests include exploring new paradigms for interactive objects and interpretive environments, and methodologies of design drawing and visual thinking to promote collaboration.
Baskinger is currently a fellow in The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of arts, science, technology and culture. In addition, he is an affiliate faculty member of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon and a consultant to the Disney Research lab on campus. He also serves as a researcher with the Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center through Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, was an affiliate faculty member of the Master of Tangible Interaction Design (mTID) program (now EM2/IDeATE) through Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture, and has collaborated with the d.search-labs at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands (TU/e).