Ar Ducao

Ar Ducao (they/zey pronouns) is an engineer and educator who makes and researches technologies that examine the relationship between the natural landscape, our built environments, and marginalized communities. They are the Cofounder and Principal of Multimer, an EDWOSB-certified spinoff from MIT Media Lab that has worked on bio-spatial analytics projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Through Multimer, they invented MindRider, the geospatial brainwave-mapping system covered in WIRED, New York Times, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, Fast Company, Science Channel, and many more. They teach at NYU, CUNY and MIT, where they present a range of topics including community-oriented data visualization, diversity + technology, and STEM in the prison system. Their writing and design has been published in journals including the Journal of Intelligent Buildings and International Journal of Community Well-being, and books including Data, Architecture, and the Experience of Place and Instrumental Intimacy: EEG Wearables and Neuroscientific Control. Arlene Ducao is the Co-Chair of UAW Region 9A’s Human & Civil Rights Council, a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program, a volunteer media consultant for HAART Kenya, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nairobi. Ducao holds degrees from UMD, SVA, and MIT.