Hand and Machine is a research group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico. We explore connections between computer science, art, design, craft, and education. The aim of our work is to introduce the tremendous creative and intellectual potential of computing to new audiences. We believe that by making technology more accessible and using computers in novel, unexpected contexts, we can change and broaden the culture of technology. We can get a diverse range of people excited about the ways that computers and electronics can be used to build beautiful, expressive, and useful objects that are different from anything that has been built in the past. We can also illuminate the deep relationships between the tools that we use and the communities that we create. This group builds on the work of Leah’s previous research group, High Low Tech.

If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree in our research group, check out our Prospective Student Page.