About

ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History presented the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017. The festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, was a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design (SEAD). Visitors to the festival interacted with innovators and experienced new interdisciplinary technologies developed to address global challenges. The event was free and open to the public.

The ACCelerate festival was an opportunity for all ACC schools in partnership with the Lemelson Center to showcase their work to the public, each other, students, alumni, companies, legislators, and invited guests from the nation’s capital.

Festival Format
The festival took over the west wing of the National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th Streets NW.

There were 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools grouped in six thematic areas:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Art and Technology
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Biomimetics
  • Health and Body
  • Making and Advanced Manufacturing

In addition, visitors experienced 15 dramatic and musical performances and nine panel discussions featuring Smithsonian and ACC students, scholars and staff exploring key questions about creativity and innovation.

Dates and Times

The festival was open to the public during these times:

  • Friday, October 13 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 15 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

ACCelerating Impact!

Virginia Tech’s Center for Research in SEAD Education (CRSE) has taken the lead to evaluate the impact of ACCelerate! The leadership team from Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian is working in collaboration with Boston College, Duke, Florida State, the University of Miami, and the University of Virginia to assess the event’s value and efficacy. With the help of 50 volunteers, information is being gathered from festival attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and the steering and planning committees using surveys, talk-back boards, and business cards to assess the potential for downstream partnership development. The CRSE will analyze the information and publish a report for stakeholders at all ACC institutions and the Smithsonian. The evaluation team members include:

  • Joe Burns, Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Boston College
  • Randi Clayton, Center for Research in SEAD Education, Virginia Tech
  • Molly Goldwasser, Office for Academic Affairs, Duke University
  • Sue Magliaro, Center for Research in SEAD Education, Virginia Tech
  • Laurel Miller, Smithsonian Museum of American History
  • Phyllis Newbill, Center for Research in SEAD Education, Virginia Tech
  • Andrea Pinto, Office of Assessment and Accreditation, University of Miami
  • Greg Taylor, School of Teacher Education, Florida State University
  • Matthew Wheelock, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
ACCelerate Planning Team

Virginia Tech


R. Benjamin Knapp
 

R. Benjamin Knapp

 

R. Benjamin Knapp is the festival co-chair and 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. For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity.

Donna Raines
 

Donna Raines

 

Donna Raines is the Project Manager for Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. In 2016, Donna retired from Virginia Tech with 32 years of experience in program management in Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). During her tenure in CPE, Donna managed some of the most high profile and logistically complex programs for the university and external clients such as the Virginia Department of Education.

Melissa Wyers
 

Melissa Wyers

 

Melissa Wyers is the Administrative Coordinator for the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. Melissa manages administrative services for the institute and has a rich background in accounting and fiscal coordination. In previous roles, she has managed payroll, accounts receivable, and taxes.

Holly Williams
 

Holly Williams

 

Holly Williams is the Program and Business Operations Manager for the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech. In this role, she is responsible for the daily oversight of the institute’s daily activities and operations. She has 12 years of experience at Virginia Tech, previously as an Assistant Director for Continuing and Professional Education, where she led a dynamic team that managed a complex portfolio of outreach programs including large conferences, workshops, and training courses for the adult professional audience.

 

Smithsonian Institution


Jeffrey L. Brodie, Ph.D.
 

Jeffrey L. Brodie

 

Jeffrey L. Brodie, Ph.D. is the festival co-chair and Deputy Director for the Lemelson Center. Jeff is responsible for operations, programming, and strategic planning. Since coming to the Smithsonian in 1989, Jeff has helped develop many exhibition projects including America’s Smithsonian: An Exhibition of American History and Culture, presented in Tokyo, Japan; Benjamin Franklin: A Revolutionary Role; and Science in American Life. Jeff has especially enjoyed curating and managing exhibition and capital projects requiring the successful integration of many individuals with discrete skills and knowledge including the Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.

Laura Havel
 

Laura Havel

 

Laura Havel is the Public Affairs Specialist for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. She is responsible for leading communications content strategies and promotional efforts for the Center, including producing and reviewing information for the Center's social media, website, publications, and other outreach channels.

William Reynolds
 

William Reynolds

 

William Reynolds is the Finance & Administration Officer for the Lemelson Center. His primary role is to manage the Lemelson Center’s financial and administrative needs. His responsibilities include preparing and monitoring the annual operating budget, processing the Center’s procurement needs, processing invitational travel, reconciliation of all Lemelson Center funds, and a host of other duties. William has worked in non-profit administration and financial management his entire career.

Laurel Miller
 

Laurel Miller

 

Laurel Miller is the manager of Spark!Lab and the Lemelson Center’s public programs. As part of the Education staff, she oversees the rest of the Spark!Lab team and volunteer corps that help facilitate meaningful and innovative experiences for visitors of all ages. She is excited to see the next generation of inventors get inspired in Spark!Lab. Before joining the Lemelson Center, Laurel coordinated public programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and brings a more interdisciplinary approach to thinking about invention and innovation.

Dan Holm
 

Dan Holm

 

Dan Holm is the Program Manager for the Office of Audience Engagement at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In this role he works on strategic planning, office management, budget, and support for a department whose work encompass all aspects of the Museum’s outreach to its myriad audiences. Dan develops signature museum programs, including the ACCelerate Festival and the “What It Means to Be American" project.

ACCelerate Steering Committee
Akua Sarr

Akua Sarr

Akua Sarr is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. In this role, she oversees the Office of International Programs, the Academic Advising Center, The Connors Family Learning Center, the Learning to Learn Office, the Undergraduate Fellowships Office, and Learning Resources for Student Athletes. She also works with the undergraduate academic deans in all of the schools and colleges on academic policy and procedures. Dr. Sarr has been at Boston College since 2006, serving as Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and also as Director of the University’s Academic Advising Center. Prior to Boston College, she served as Assistant Dean in Letters & Science Student Academic Affairs and Director of the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sarr earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in African Languages & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

John D. Griffin

John D. Griffin

As the Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Clemson University, Griffin oversee all academic support services, including the Academic Success Center, Athletic Academic Services, Student Accessibility Services, the Office of Teaching Excellence and Innovation, as well as Internship and Career Services. He also directs the Office of Undergraduate Studies, which is responsible for managing all aspects of the curriculum, academic integrity issues, summer session and academic outreach, and first year programming. In addition, he is responsible for aligning all programming and initiatives with the Clemson Forward Strategic plan, which is focused on raising retention and graduation rates toachieve the goal of being a top public university in student success. Prior to his appointment to Clemson in the fall of 2016, Griffin was the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the College of William & Mary, where he spent most of his academic career as a Neurobiologist, with a research program focused on studying the central neural mechanisms of thermoregulatory control. During that time, more than 40 undergraduate and a dozen graduate students worked as part of his research team and were co-authors on many of his scholarly publications. Griffin received tenure and promotion to full professor while at William & Mary, was named the Class of 2012 Professor of Biology, received the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and served as the Director of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program for nine years. Before arriving at William & Mary, Griffin completed a postdoctoral fellowship and a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Harvard College, followed by three years as an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University. He received his B.S. in Biology from UNC-Wilmington and M.S. & Ph.D. in Physiology from the Ohio State University.

David G. Brown

David G. Brown

David G. Brown is the founder and coordinator of the ACC Academic Consortium. An economist, over 40 years he’s served in 3 presidencies and 3 provostships (including Wake Forest), chaired the American Association for Higher Education and the Higher Education Colloquium, and authored 10 books including University Presidents as Moral Leaders.

Dr. Paul DeMarco

Dr. Paul DeMarco

Dr. Paul DeMarco is a Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Associate Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville. Dr. DeMarco received a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. He oversees the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Interdisciplinary Studies and the University Fellowship program at the University of Louisville.

Judith Cone

Judith Cone

A veteran of national and international entrepreneurship programming, former Kauffman Foundation executive Judith Cone brings extensive experience to drive UNC-Chapel Hill’s innovation agenda. Cone is vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. She leads the office of commercialization and economic development and the office of Innovate Carolina A main focus is on expeditious action to help solve the most pressing problems in North Carolina and around the world. She is a co-founder of Launch Chapel Hill, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and Carolina Research Ventures.

Before coming to Carolina, Cone served as vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, capping a 15-year career with the Foundation. During her tenure, Cone led many of the foundation’s signature education and entrepreneurship initiatives and programs, including a business startup training program that has been used worldwide by millions of entrepreneurs; an award-winning web resource for entrepreneurs; and the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which has transformed the culture on university campuses by making entrepreneurship education accessible to students and faculty across all fields of study. As global ambassador for the Kauffman Foundation, Cone worked with leaders around the world to help transform economies.

For the previous 12 years, Cone co-founded two management consulting firms serving Fortune 500 clients. Her first career was as a learning disabilities teacher working with disadvantaged children in a low-income area, where she experienced first-hand the pervasive and devastating effects of poverty on children and families. Cone writes and lectures nationally and internationally on entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Michelle Bolas

Michelle Bolas

Michelle Bolas works with faculty, students and staff across campus to implement Carolina’s innovation strategy. She leads communications and outreach and connects Carolina with external partners. Michelle is the associate director for Innovate Carolina and brings to that role 20 years of experience working with education, business and government leaders to create and implement successful programs. Michelle has a diverse background, from leading museum board development, fundraising and publications departments at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, to working with public policy and statewide leadership on the a nonpartisan think-tank as assistant director for the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. Michelle has successfully collaborated on the creation of entrepreneurial programs that build organizations and advance their mission, while raising millions in foundation grants to support their growth.

Sheryl Waddell

Sheryl Waddell

Sheryl Waddell leads the Innovate Carolina Global Network an initiative aimed to engage community members, alumni, faculty, staff and students to strengthen the University’s innovation ecosystem and help Carolina innovators as they translate their ideas into practical benefit. The relationships developed, the knowledge transferred, and the conduit to additional connections facilitates a cohesive network that will have a long-term impact on innovation and economic benefits from both within the region and to major markets outside the region, connecting it to capital sources and go-to-market partners. Prior to joining the Innovate Carolina team, Sheryl was the national program director for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, a program developed at UNC-Chapel Hill and deployed in conjunction with Duke University, NC State University and North Carolina Central University. The Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network unlocks the economic potential of select regions by identifying and networking the area’s successful serial entrepreneurs so they can advise and coach the region’s next generation high-growth companies.

Tim Pyatt

Tim Pyatt

As Dean, Tim leads a Library that serves students and faculty in the Undergraduate College, the Wake Forest School of Business, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wake Forest Divinity School. He manage a $12 million annual budget with over 60 faculty and staff and 200 student employees. Prior to being appointed Dean, Tim was the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair and Head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State. Tim has also held leadership positions at Duke University and at UNC-CH, where he served as Director of the Southern Historical Collection. Tim also taught archival administration at the UNC School of Information and Library Science from 1998 to 2007. From 2013-2015, Tim was a Leadership Fellow for the Association of Research Libraries and is also a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists for outstanding contributions to the field.

Andrea Ellis

Andrea Ellis

Andrea is the Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Summer Programs where she participates in university-wide strategic, innovation projects and is a member of the Board of Trustees Innovation Committee. The majority of Andrea’s time is spent on mission driven projects that help maximize University resources, create more efficiency for the campus, and generate revenue. Additionally, Andrea has been charged with overseeing the Reynolda Summer Programs to maximize profitability and strategic contributions.

Prior to this role, Andrea spent seven years creating and leading the Professional Development Center, as well as managing the recruitment and organizational development teams. Before that she spent two years in Campus Life and six years in Information Systems. Andrea received a BA in Communication and Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Counseling from Wake Forest University; she completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration with a focus on emotional intelligence and conflict management at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Madison Cario

Madison Cario

Madison Cario is Director of the Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech, which endeavors to embed creative experiences into the lives and learning of Georgia Tech students, the broader campus community, and the Atlanta community.

Since 2014 she has led the campus in an historic change to deepen and broaden the arts experience, focusing on initiatives at the nexus of science, engineering, art, and design. Initiatives include developing a student engagement program, developing relationships with arts organizations across Atlanta, commissioning new work, presenting performances that feature new intersections of art and technology, and developing a visual arts curatorial program. She has created strong connections with student arts groups, faculty, and alumni, developed the Office’s first strategic plan, and secured new funding for programming. Under her leadership Georgia Tech commissioned Katherine Helen Fisher’s Characters, a work created in partnership with Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology and Wearable Computing Center.

Cario serves as a National Dance Project advisor, is on the Board of Directors at Dashboard Coop Gallery and the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, and is an Advisory Team member for the Fractured Atlas Exponential Creativity Fund. Cario recently received the Georgia Tech Award for Staff Performance in Entrepreneurship and the Georgia Tech Diversity Champion Award. She is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker.

Previously at The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, Cario served as Director of Student Engagement, Special Artistic Initiatives, and Operations and Facilities. She holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University.

Es Famojure

Es Famojure

Es Famojure works closely with faculty and students on arts-related projects, coordinates arts engagement events related to Arts@Tech season artists and resident artists, serves as staff coordinator for the Council for the Arts; and serves as an advisor to the Arts@Tech Ambassadors. She previously worked in the field of music artist management and also for Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts as Marketing Coordinator for the Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative and Africa-Atlanta 2014. She is a graduate of Georgia State University.

Jay Brockman

Jay Brockman

Jay Brockman is Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Experiential Learning and Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering and department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, He received his Sc.B. degree from Brown University in 1982 and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992. Dr. Brockman is a developer of Notre Dame’s college-wide first-year engineering program and the author of the textbook, Introduction to Engineering: Modeling and Problem Solving (John Wiley & Sons, 2009), which has been gaining steady adoption at universities worldwide. He was an organizer of the “Workshop on Reforming the First Year Engineering Experience” held jointly at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Melbourne (Australia) in August 2009.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Richard Gray is Associate Professor of Photography and currently department chair of Art, Art History & Design. Gray’s research examines the relationship between photography, scientific imaging and human identity with an interest in the role new technologies play in redefining the contemporary self. His work explores the cultural production of scientific images as they relate to portraiture, and the influence these images have on our understanding of what it means to be photographed. Gray has exhibited his photographs nationally and internationally for over thirty years. He teaches courses in photographic practice, studio lighting, video and contemporary issues. Gray has served as a visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and is a former Chair of the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), Cleveland, OH.

R. Benjamin Knapp

R. Benjamin Knapp

R. Benjamin Knapp is the festival co-chair and 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. For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity.

Jeffrey L. Brodie, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Brodie

Jeffrey L. Brodie, Ph.D. is the festival co-chair and Deputy Director for the Lemelson Center. Jeff is responsible for operations, programming, and strategic planning. Since coming to the Smithsonian in 1989, Jeff has helped develop many exhibition projects including America’s Smithsonian: An Exhibition of American History and Culture, presented in Tokyo, Japan; Benjamin Franklin: A Revolutionary Role; and Science in American Life. Jeff has especially enjoyed curating and managing exhibition and capital projects requiring the successful integration of many individuals with discrete skills and knowledge including the Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem.

Ken Baldauf

Ken Baldauf

Ken Baldauf joined the Florida State University Computer Science faculty in 1998 to coordinate a campus-wide computer literacy effort. Since then Ken has developed courses in computer fluency, management information systems, digital media, object-oriented programming, web design and web development, with enrollments in his classes growing to over 2,500 students per semester. He developed one of the first online courses at FSU in 1998, and has been devoted to developing effective online teaching systems and methods ever since. In 2008 Ken assumed the position of Director for FSU’s new Program in Interdisciplinary Computing where he worked with colleges and departments across campus to determine what computer and information technology skills and knowledge are needed in their disciplines, and provided courses to meet those needs. During this time, Ken expanded his interests to digital fabrication (3D Printing), Virtual Reality, and Design Thinking. Ken directs FSU’s new Innovation Hub which is designed to support students from all disciplines, working together, utilizing the latest technologies and Design Thinking to confront the demanding and complex problems of our day. Ken has authored several textbooks, produced a weekly tech news podcast for tech teachers, and has worked with Cengage Learning to design an online learning framework for Intro Computer courses titled Emerge with Computers.

Stephanie Hoogendoorn

Stephanie Hoogendoorn

Stephanie is the Senior Assistant to the Provost, Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. As a member of the Office of the Provost for over 10 years, she works with deans, faculty, and administrators to provide undergraduate and graduate programs that students and the broader community value. Since 2012, Stephanie has led a combined undergraduate and graduate team which is working to improve the underlying systems that support students and academics. She is a life-long educator in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and a community volunteer. In March 2017, Stephanie was selected to join the inaugural board of the Provost and Academic Affairs Assistants in Higher Education National Association and is serving as the Program Chair for the 2018 national conference.

Mike Mullen

Mike Mullen

Dr. Mike Mullen is Vice Chancellor and Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. As Vice Chancellor, Mullen is responsible for academic and student affairs programming across the student life cycle that contributes to the success of all students at NC State.

Bill Green

Bill Green

William S. Green is a historian of religion with interests in ancient Judaism, biblical studies, and the theory of religion. He edited the Journal of the American Academy of Religion for a decade andalso is Associate Editor of the HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion (HarperSanFrancisco, 1995), Editor of The Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period (MacMillan, 1996), and Co-Editor of The Encyclopedia of Judaism (E.J. Brill, 2005). He has written widely on ancient Judaism, the study of religion, and higher education, and he has served as educational director for archeological excavations at multiple sites in Israel and Italy.