People: Residents & Student Fellows

Each team in STEAMplant involves either a resident (outside creative professional) or a student fellow (upperclass or graduate student). The resident or student fellow collaborates with (at a minimum) one Pratt Math & Science faculty/staff and one other-departmental faculty/staff member to pursue an interdisciplinary project.

Listed below are the current and past residents and student fellows of STEAMplant.

Sirovich Family Residents

Iliyan Ivanov

Iliyan Ivanov MD is an academic psychiatrist holding the position of Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

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While his work as a clinician and a scientist has focused on understanding the relationship between biological processes in the brain in relation to the development of mental health conditions in children and young adults, he has also published in the areas of neuroscience and philosophy. More specifically, he has published on topics of computational modeling of behavior, active inference and deliberative thinking, and the theory of strong emergence of consciousness. His scientific work has also influenced his creative process; as a visual artist as he has developed several art series inspired by ideas from quantum physics and neuroscience. These works have been presented both online and in different solo and group exhibits.

Mary Jo Vath

Mary Jo Vath is a painter living and working in New York City for the past 30 years.

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Since 1991 she has taught painting and art history at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Alongside her primary practice of painting, she has developed a deep interest in mythology, symbolism, and issues of perception. In 2009 she spent a sabbatical year in Oaxaca, Mexico, and now splits her time between the two cities. In 2013, she was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim fellowship. In 2015, she initiated an ongoing summer studio program in Oaxaca for the School of Visual Arts.

Ellen Levy

Ellen K. Levy, a past president of the College Art Association, publishes widely on art, evolution, and complex systems, including in Leonardo/ISAST.

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Before earning her doctorate in art and neuroscience (University of Plymouth, UK, 2012), she was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Arts and Sciences, a Henry Luce Foundation-supported position at Skidmore College (1999). She guest-edited Art Journal’s special issue, “Contemporary Art and the Genetic Code” (1996), the first in-depth academic publication about genomics and art. Levy has taught at The New School, Cooper Union, and Brooklyn College, and was Special Advisor on Art, Science, and Technology to the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. She has exhibited her art internationally and at NASA and in such landmark exhibitions as Weather Report (Boulder Museum) and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics (Field Museum, Chicago). She was represented by Associated American Artists and Michael Steinberg Fine Arts (NYC).

Jasmine Pilcher

Jasmine Grace is an Australian installation artist whose practice focuses on creating sensory and experiential encounters using light, movement and sound.

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She has an MA in Public Art from RMIT University, with a background in Visual Merchandising. Across both public and commercial fields, she enjoys crafting spaces, transforming atmospheres and encouraging her audience to be present in the moment. Jasmine finds herself inspired by natural and social science with embodied experience, affect, engagement and wellness being the driving force behind her craft. Her holistic approach allows people the opportunity to engage in a creative experience that often acts as a stimulant in the recalibration of one’s state of being.

Jasmine is interested in interdisciplinary projects and STEAM collaborations centered around; neuroscience, wellbeing, cymatics, optics, electronics and technology.

View Jasmine’s STEAMplant project here.

Katelin Fallon

Katelin is an Art Historian with a focus in Roman and  Greek Art.

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She has an undergraduate degree in Geography from UNC Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Art and Design History from Pratt. Her thesis focused on the Art History of and the use Art Conservation Science on the wall paintings in the House of the Neptune and Amphitrite Mosaic in Herculaneum, Italy. While living in Bodrum, Turkey in 2013 and 2014, Katelin volunteered for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology Conservation Lab and apprenticed for Neslihan Zabci of Bukalemun Mosaic Art. Upon moving back to the United States, She worked as a Visitor Services Representative at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.

In 2018, Katelin attended the Ecole Francaise de Roma’s Advanced Training Workshop – The Study of Ancient Frescoes in Tivoli, Italy from June 4 – 22, 2018 and the 3RD IPERION-CH, Doctoral Summer School in Ravenna, Italy from July 16 – 20, 2018.

Katelin is interested in STEAMplant collaborations which involve:

  • Non-invasive, in-situ analysis of wall paintings by NMR, Macro XRF and FTIR
  • Study of the materials, techniques and degradation mechanisms of wall paintings and mosaics
  • Virtual and 3D physical reconstructions of Ancient Roman wall paintings
  • The study of the evolution of ancient Roman wall paintings

View Katelin’s STEAMplant project here.

Pamela Breda

Pamela is an Italian artist and researcher living and working in London.

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She is an artist, researcher and educator living and working in London (U.K.). Pamela has been an artist in residence at several institutions worldwide including Cite Internationale Des Arts, PROGR, Botin Foundation, and Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Switzerland, Colombia, London, Italy, Ecuador, and Moscow, among others. Her films have been screened internationally and presented at festivals and art venues such as “Revolutions Per Minute Festival” (Boston, USA), “Digital Film Library”, Clermont- Ferrand Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand, France), Cite Internatinale Des Arts, (Paris, France), “Vision Du Reel” Film Festival, Media Library (Nyon, Switzerland) “The Bomb Art Factory Film Festival” (London, UK), Sohonya Art Center (Bangalore, India), Francesco Fabbri Foundation for Contemporary Art (Pieve di Soligo, Italy), and Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice, IT).

View Pamela’s STEAMplant project here.

Jeremy Pickard

Jeremy is a theater artist working at the intersection of environmental justice and performance.

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He is the founder and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a NYC-based community of artists, scientists, and environmental professionals invested in a long-term experiment to understand how theater can help shift consciousness in the face of global climate change. Jeremy wears many hats including director, producer, playwright, and performer. He is the lead artist of The Planet Plays, a series of nine interconnected stories about people and climate change, as well as other works of eco-theater including Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century! and Salty Folk: An Oyster Musical. Since 2010 Jeremy has been the Program and Production Director for the annual Big Green Theater eco-playwriting program with The Bushwick Starr. His essay “On Eco-Theater” is published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich.

View Jeremy’s STEAMplant project here.

Ayodamola Okunseinde

Ayodamola, co-founder and director of Iyapo Repository, is an artist and interactive designer.

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His art residency participation includes Finland’s Invitation to Helsinki, IDEO’s Fortnight, The Laundromat Project, Eyebeam, New Museum, and Recess Assembly. His works range from concepts in participatory and speculative design to physical computing and painting. He has exhibited and presented at the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Tribeca Storyscapes, EYEO Festival, Brooklyn Museum, M.I.T. Beyond the Cradle, and Afrotectopia amongst others. Okunseinde has taught at New York University, Bennington College, Hostos CUNY and 92Y. He holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.

View Ayo’s STEAMplant project here.

Salome Asega

Salome, co-founder and director of Iyapo Repository, is an artist and researcher.

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She received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology and her BA from New York University in Social Practice. Asega is the co-host of speculative talk show Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision on bel-air radio and the Assistant Director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaboratory. She has participated in residencies and fellowships at Eyebeam, New Museum, and the Laundromat Project, and has given presentations at New Inc, Performa, Eyeo, and the Gather Festival. Salome teaches in the MFA Design and Technology program at Parsons at The New School and is a Technology Fellow at the Ford Foundation.

View Salome’s STEAMplant project here.

Mala Kumar

Mala, senior conservator at Iyapo Repository, is an interaction designer.

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She is a graduate of Parsons MFA Design + Technology program. Building on her background in visual design and art direction, she uses her expertise in emerging technology and design to create interactive projects for a range of clients and collaborators and is currently working with brands to design new interfaces for products and platforms.

View Mala’s STEAMplant project here.

Mariama Jalloh

Mariama, senior conservator at Iyapo Repository, is an interdisciplinary artist.

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She has a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from SUNY Purchase. Jalloh’s work focuses on the intersection of cultural practices such as hair braiding, mathematics, and computer science. At Iyapo Repository, she is learning how to conceptualize the imagination into art!

View Mariama’s STEAMplant project here.

Renato Miracco

Renato is a scholar and curator, who most recently was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for Cultural Achievements, in February 2018.

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He served as Cultural Attaché for the Italian Embassy in Washington from 2010 to 2018. Prior appointments include Director of Cultural Affairs for the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, from 2007-09, and from 2006-07 as Art Advisor at NYU’s Washington Square campus, working with the Italian Department and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò to create exhibitions related to Italian artists.

Miracco currently serves as adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy on the restitution of artworks, and Advisor for the Venice Biennale. Dr. Miracco curated important exhibitions with the Tate Modern in London, and also with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Miracco has published widely on Giorgio de Chirico and Lucio Fontana, as well as Giorgio Morandi. His publications also include studies of Lucio Fontana. He was co-author and co-curator with Matthew Gale for the exhibition “Beyond Painting: Burri, Fontana, Manzoni” at the Tate Modern.

Miracco has also curated numerous exhibitions of Italian art, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the private Estorick Collection in London, The Morgan Library & Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Getty Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshorn Museum and Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Miracco has had the privilege to curate exhibitions in collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Pentagon, working closely with the US Department of State, and the FBI.

His current involvement as an advisor to the Licio Isolani Study Archive includes research and curatorial coordination with the STEAMplant team.

View Renato’s STEAMplant project here.

Sara Morawetz

Sara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the processes that underpin scientific action; examining how these concepts can be leveraged through artistic inquiry.

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Interested in the ‘Scientific Method’ and its philosophical implications, her work is devised to test and expose the internal processes of methodological labour. Her practice examines how concepts of observation, experimentation, method and standardization operate as both scientific and cultural apparatus; exploring the dichotomies inherent to our dual perspectives.

Her recent projects have involved collaborations with scientists and researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Centre, NY, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA).

Sara is a PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, and her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally. She was the 2016 winner of ‘the churchie’ National Emerging Art Prize, a finalist in the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize, a recipient of the Moya Dyring Studio Scholarship (AGNSW) and the 2017 Vida Lahey Memorial Travelling Scholarship (QAGOMA Foundation).

View Sara’s STEAMplant project here.

Joseph Morris

Joe is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, and rapid prototyping professional based in Brooklyn.

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He is a 2017 New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media grantee, in 2015 he was a Harvestworks New Works Resident, and recipient of Pratt Institute’s Faculty Development Grant. Morris holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College. He is currently a visiting professor and rapid prototyping technician at Pratt Institute, Industrial Design, teaching classes in physical computing, prototyping, digital fabrication processes (laser cutting, 3D printing, and CNC milling), and assists students in the deployment of technology in their prototypes. He is an expert craftsman and coder who believes in the possibilities enabled through the integration of technology in the arts. Joseph’s Interests are:

  • Art, technology, and experimental media, including new systems for creative output
  • Experimental tools for CNC robotics and digital fabrication.
  • Integrating technology to create responsive objects and environments
  • Material and object empathy
  • Physical Computing
  • Mechanics

Sirovich Family Student Fellows

Elliot Lovegrove

Elliot Lovegrove is a painter and multimedia artist from Greenville, South Carolina.

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His work often spans two ideas in tension: playfulness and earnestness, spontaneity and precision, the cutting-edge and the time-worn. His interest in new media shares this impulse of fusion, enacting the desire to fully face and embrace new possibilities while also integrating them with wisdom and tradition handed down from the past. He’s also concerned with the relationship between generosity and creativity, as well as ways to engage viewers through interactive projects. Elliot is currently an MFA candidate at Pratt.

Nathan Bataille

Nathan is a designer and architect in training completing his graduate studies at Pratt Institute.

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Nathan’s professional background in architecture began in Beijing, China, where he worked for Dreambox of Walton Design & Consulting Engineering (WDCE). Following WDCE, Nathan spent the next two years working in Washington state with Dykeman Architects where he focused on designing educational facilities and large scale residential projects. Prior to his work and studies in architecture, Nathan worked as a carpenter in Alaska.

During Nathan’s tenure at Pratt, he has contributed or worked on several publications and, at the urging of his professors, submitted his designs for consideration in a number of upcoming architectural design competitions.

As a STEAMplant faculty member, Nathan is interested in:

  • Visualization and representation of spatial information
  • Identifying thermal comfort for building occupants
  • Intertwining the disciplines of science and design

View Nathan’s STEAMplant project here.

Ami Cai

Ami is a Visual Designer and President of Pratt’s Reef Club interested in visual research, environmental sustainability, and universal narration.

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Ami is currently working on her bachelor degree in Communication Design (emphasis in Illustration) and minor in Sustainability. She has been the president of Pratt’s Reef Club since 2017 and interned at her home town Science Center in Louisville, Kentucky. With an interest in modern technology but a life long dedication for environmental stability, she continues to strive to find more creative approaches to problems. As a participant in STEAMplant, Ami is interested in:

  • Collaborating with various experts in fields that are different from hers
  • Exploring more of the community and specialists in topics
  • Using illustrations and design to help create narration
  • Multimedia projects
  • User experience

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Adriana Green

Adriana was a graduate of in Pratt’s MFA in Writing Program.

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While at Pratt, Green crafted her master’s thesis – a poetic manuscript exploring the concepts of race, death, and grieving in America. Her work as a graduate assistant for the Social Justice/Social Practice faculty group and Black Lives Matter Pratt allowed her to cultivate a range of pedagogical and theoretical approaches which she applies to her poetic work. Currently, she teaches creative writing and works as a writing consultant in New York City. Her work has appeared in The American Academy of Poets, The Felt, FanZine and elsewhere. Green’s current manuscript will be completed in early Spring with the goal of being accepted for publication by 2020. As a participant in STEAMplant, Adriana is interested in:Adriana Green is a recent graduate of in Pratt’s MFA in Writing Program. While at Pratt, Green crafted her master’s thesis – a poetic manuscript exploring the concepts of race, death, and grieving in America. Her work as a graduate assistant for the Social Justice/Social Practice faculty group and Black Lives Matter Pratt allowed her to cultivate a range of pedagogical and theoretical approaches which she applies to her poetic work. Currently, she teaches creative writing and works as a writing consultant in New York City. Her work has appeared in The American Academy of Poets, The Felt, FanZine and elsewhere. Green’s current manuscript will be completed in early Spring with the goal of being accepted for publication by 2020. As a participant in STEAMplant, Adriana was interested in:

  • Collaborating with experts in the fields of physics and photography
  • Exploring the links between scientific epistemology, mourning, and the temporality of photographs as it relates to archival representations of self
  • Finding new avenues of thinking to introduce to her current manuscript

View Adriana’s STEAMplant project here.

Miriam Clayton

Miriam was a dual-degree graduate student in History of Art and Design and Library and Information Science (HA/SILS).

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During her STEAMplant project, she was working on her art history master’s thesis. Her contribution to the Licio Isolani Study Archive was in researching the artist’s life and exhibitions of his work at various museums and archives around New York City. She also assisted in cataloging and organizing the records Professor Isolani left to the Math and Science Department. Learning from Professors Kehlet and Banner provided her with unique insights into the materials used by the artist and the ramifications his work played into the greater picture of the Arte Povera movement. With a focus on archives in her MSILS degree, this internship provided a beneficial hands-on archival experience within the arts.

View Miriam’s STEAMplant project here.