Derek Ham, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Affiliated Assistant Research Professor of Architecture at North Carolina State University.
Derek Ham’s research interest spans the areas of game-based learning, algorithmic thinking, and digital fabrication/making. In his work, he continues to investigate both virtual reality and augmented realty technology to find ways these tools can expand the possibilities of interaction design. Before joining the faculty in the College of Design, Derek has taught at MIT’s School of Architecture, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), and the Rhode Island School of Design.
His award-winning VR piece I AM A MAN recreates the 1968 Memphis Sanitation workers’ strike and allows users to relive this pivotal episode of the civil rights movement in an immersive and embodied way.