Ron Eglash

Dr. Ron EglashRon Eglash received his B.S. in Cybernetics, his M.S. in Systems Engineering, and his Ph.D. in History of Consciousness, all from the University of California. A Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship enabled his field research on African ethnomathematics, which was published by Rutgers University Press as “African Fractals: modern computing and indigenous design”, and recently appeared as his TED talk.

He is a Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches design of educational technologies and graduate seminars in social studies of science and technology. His “Culturally Situated Design Tools” software, offering math and computing education from indigenous and vernacular arts, is available at

Recently funded work includes his NSF “Triple Helix” project, which brings together graduate fellows in science and engineering with local community activists and K-12 educators to seek new approaches to putting science and innovation in the service of under-served populations.