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Fabricating Society, 13th International Conference of Digital Fabrication
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Dina El-Zanfaly

Dina El-Zanfaly is a computational design researcher, architect, and maker whose research focuses on radicalizing interactions between humans and machines in design and making to foster creativity and improvisation. She studies users’ sensory experiences as they design and make, and investigates how these perceptions inform the process of “learning to make.” She is a doctoral candidate in the Design and Computation group in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, where, as a Fulbright scholar, she also earned her Master of Science degree in Architecture Studies (SMArchS) in Design and Computation. In 2013, she co-established the Computational Making Group at MIT, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on the relationship between abstract computation and active making. She is co-founder and co-director of Fab Lab Egypt (FLE), the first community maker space in northern Africa and the Arab world. Fab Lab Egypt provides both virtual and physical making environments for young makers, fostering creativity and innovation. She worked on integrating two digital fabrication labs in two STEM schools in Egypt with funding from USAID and aided in integrating digital fabrication labs into the STEM curriculum.