Susan Molnar is a working artist and educator with more than 15 years experience who is dedicated to empowering others to understand and execute their ideas. Susan has a background in multi-media and cross-disciplinary arts and has earned a BFA from Tufts University, a diploma from School of the Museum of Fine Arts. While teaching at Parsons the New School she completed some graduate work in Media Studies and recently completed her Masters of Science in Education from Purdue University in Learning Design and Technology.
By investigating the possibilities of new technologies while trying to understand their personal and cultural impacts, Susan strives to create opportunities for growth and experience for others that they may not have previously considered. She continues with this passion in developing effective processes for human performance improvement. In this vein, after relocating to South Carolina following a stem cell transplant for Leukemia, Susan became one of the founding members of iT2Pi, Introduction to Technology To Programming Inventors. The program served several hundred kids in the upstate South Carolina region exposing them to technology and equipping them to be makers not just passive users of Technolgoy. Susan has been an integral part of planning the iT2Pi expo each year, she as also written several grants and has been awarded 23,000 for the organization. Susan was also part of the initial planning stages of the iMAGINE Upstate festival and spoken about Technology and Arts and their relationship culture and our future at Atlanta Maker Faire 2015, Charlotte Maker Faire 2015 and ECPI Manufacturing Day 2015. Susan also serves on the ECPI curriculum advisory board for mechatronics.
Susan was also named the 2016 Google Policy Fellow for the American Association of People with Disabilities. An experience that has continued to expand her consciousness for access and equity in technology as a way to build a more inclusive future. Susan has also been part of the USBLN Rising Leaders and Mentorship programs in 2016 and 2017.
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