Professor, Information/Art and Design
School of Information 105 S. State St. Ann Arbor MI 48109-1285
African Studies Center;
Ron Eglash is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, with a secondary appointment in the School of Design. He received his BS in cybernetics, his MS in systems engineering, and his PhD in history of consciousness, all from the University of California. Eglash's work as a Fulbright scholar was published as African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design. His NSF-funded research on "Culturally Situated Design Tools" allows youth to simulate indigenous and vernacular arts using "heritage algorithms" from those traditions. This is one component of his "generative justice" project, which seeks ways to shift science and innovation in service of a just and sustainable circular economy.