Andrea Polli is an artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes media installation, public interventions, curating and directing art and community projects and writing. She currently is an Associate Professor in Art and Ecology with a joint appointment in Fine Arts and Engineering, the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at the Center for Advanced Research Computing at The University of New Mexico. She has been creating media and technology artworks related to environmental science issues since 1999, when she first began collaborating with atmospheric scientists on sound and data sonification projects. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group in New York City, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and AirNow. Polli’s work has been presented widely in over one hundred presentations, exhibitions and performances internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport and The Field Museum of Natural History, and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including the NSF, Fulbright and UNESCO. Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art News, NY Arts and others. She holds a doctorate in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Her latest book is Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change and the Poles on Intellect Press.

Technical Manager:

Eric Geusz – .  Eric is a recent graduate of UNM School of Engineering with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Visual Effects and Animation.
He loves creating games and interactive art pieces and exploring the synergy between arts and sciences.

Current Researchers:

Trent Small is a Computer Science student at the University of New Mexico. His skills include programming of all kinds, especially in graphics, Android, and Arduino development. He also enjoys writing and playing music. His work can be viewed at

Jared Rendon-Trompak is a student at the University of New Mexico and is majoring in the Interdisiplinary Film and Digital Media program. His talents include design, painting, and animation. Currently he is applying his studies to film and videography.


Gabrielle Herbosa is a student at the University of New Mexico who studies Architecture along with a minor in Art History. She enjoys designing and building furniture as well as experimenting with different building techniques including the use of technology that could be used towards her projects.


Huang Banh graduated with honors in 2014 from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and is currently pursuing a Masters of Architecture with an anticipated graduation in 2016. In addition to architectural design, his skills include Arduino development, visual graphics, and fabrication. His work can be viewed at


Frank Feng is a 4th year undergraduate student studying architecture at the School of Architecture and Planning at UNM. He is originally from Socorro, NM but has lived in cities like Chicago and New York.


Americorps VISTAS:

JoDee Chavez was born and raised in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico and is excited to work for the Social Media Workgroup and 516ARTS. She looks forward to her year long stay as the AmeriCorps VISTA representative.


Sara Cordova is an AmeriCorps VISTA member, and a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She is placed as a marketing specialist at the Center for Advanced Research Computing, a University department which serves more than 150 faculty members and students by enabling excellence in research and scholarship in science, engineering, biomedicine, humanities and the arts.

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Agnes Chavez is an artist, educator and entrepreneur. In 1996 she created, an award-winning language system that teaches “Language through Art, Music & Games.”. In 2009 she founded the STEMarts Lab which designs programs that integrate STEM and the arts. Her awards include the renowned “Educational Innovation in the Americas” (INELAM) award in 2006, and the New Mexico Women in Technology Award in 2011. She shows at international festivals and has developed curricula and educational programs for Scholastic, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Los Alamos National Lab and 516Arts.

Former Researchers:


Kevin Bott is an electronic artist and experimenter based out of New Mexico. His work explores networks, virtually-imagined spaces, and finding new ways to make by leveraging programming languages, algorithmic recombination, designed constraint, and the ubiquitous Internet as his primary platforms. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Art at the University of New Mexico.


Russell Bauer is an interdisciplinary artist interested in living systems. He received his BFA from Michigan State University and has recently begun the Art and Ecology Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Mexico.

His work can be viewed at


Marisa Gomez is currently a student at the University of New Mexico where she is perusing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts. She is heavily interested in how graphic and web design can help shape and guide views on various topics.

Her various works can be viewed on her website:

Sean MacPhail is an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Originally from Wisconsin, Sean received his BA in Journalism at UW-Milwaukee in 2011, and he recently finished his MA in Communication Studies at Indiana University in 2014. His interests include marketing communications, grant writing, and appreciating the communication process as a means toward discovery.


Evan Bobrick (videographer, designer) studies Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media at the University of New Mexico, with a focus on critical studies. Most notably, he traveled to Morocco during the summer of 2007 to document the country’s controversial, then-upcoming elections; and he is now working on editing a VFX-heavy, narrative senior project entitled “Haley.”


Eric Harrison is a Junior at the University of New Mexico studying videography and interpersonal communication.

He works also as a photographer.

TJ Martinez (videographer, lead editor)—originally from Yates, New Mexico—has had a lifelong passion for movies. In high school, it dawned on him that he could not only watch movies, but also make them, and he hasn’t stopped since. Working in both the narrative and documentary worlds, TJ has worked as a writer, director, producer, and editor. He is currently getting a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of New Mexico. In his spare time, he likes to party like a rockstar.

Staci Page is a multimedia visual artist with a background in landscape architecture. She earned a BFA from the University of Idaho and is currently working on an MFA in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico. Her focus is on human interaction with the landscape and natural systems.

Alexis Pulos is from Manitou Springs, Colorado. In 2007 he received his B.A. in Speech Communication from Colorado State University focusing on media and rhetoric. In 2009 he completed his M.A. in Communication Studies from Colorado State, with a focus on mediated narratives, rhetoric and media studies. Currently he is enrolled in the University of New Mexico’s Communication and Journalism department. He is focused on the intersections of digital media, virtual environments, and interactive contexts in relationship to our processes of communication.

Estevan Ramirez (videographer, editor) is a student at the University of New Mexico with a major in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media with a focus on production. Estevan spent his third year in Würzburg, Germany for a semester abroad, during which he helped on numerous films, such as “The Color of The Sky” and “Fuer immer Fabre” as well as his own film “Candela-A Visual Interpretation of Skateboarding”. He is currently working on a Capstone student film named “Haley” as well as a documentary called “Learning from Parents”.

Ryan Romero (Programmer, System Admin) is from Los Lunas, New Mexico and a computer scientist at the University of New Mexico with a minor in Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media. He primarily works on program designs in high level languages such as Java, and writes back end solutions for servers. A Jack of all trades when it comes to computers and other electronic systems, he worked on Particle Falls (a public digital media project for the city of San Jose), as well as the atmosfeed and freefarmfeed systems.

Kellen Zelle (programmer, System Admin) is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is majoring in Computer Science at the University of New Mexico with a Minor in Management. He will be acting primarily as a web administrator, keeping SMW’s websites up and running, but also supports other researchers with various tasks.