Dr. Pratim Sengupta

Pratim is a Professor of Learning Sciences and STEM Education at the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education. Until Oct 2019, he also held the Research Chair of STEM education. He co-directs the Mind, Matter & Media Lab along with Dr. Marie Claire Shanahan.

Brief Bio and Research

My research sits at the intersection of modelling complex systems, multi-agent programming languages, art and social justice. I began my research career in education focusing on conceptual change and integration of computational modelling in K-12 science classrooms. My current work is focused on developing critical phenomenological approaches for integrating computing in public education, and is fundamentally transdisciplinary. Most updated list of publications can be found on Google Scholar.

My research projects are largely collaborative with Dr. Marie-Claire Shanahan and graduate student members of the Mind, Matter & Media Lab. A big focus of this work is Public Computing. My computing installations (all collaborative) have been installed at the Museum of Modern Art - NYC (Cullman Research Center), and Telus SPARK (Calgary), Studio Bell - Canada's National Music Center (Calgary), and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity (Banff).

I also work very closely with colleagues at the Maryland PERG, Dr. Thomas Philip (UC Berkeley), Dr. Jonathan Gilligan (Vanderbilt) and Dr. Miwa Takeuchi (UCalgary).

I serve as an Executive Editor of Cognition and Instruction and a Senior Editor (STEM Education) for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.

I completed my PhD in Learning Sciences and a Masters degree in Physics from Northwestern University, USA. My undergraduate degrees are from Presidency University, Kolkata and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. Prior to coming to the University of Calgary, I was a tenure-track professor at Vanderbilt University, USA, where I also led the establishment of the Learning Sciences PhD program in 2011. I moved to the University of Calgary as a dual career hire with my partner and eminent sociologist Dr. Pallavi Banerjee.

Notable Awards / Recognitions

  • Inducted Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education (ISDDE.org)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2012) from the US National Science Foundation
  • Paul D. Fleck Award / Fellowship from the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity (Canada) (2019)
  • Several "best paper" awards and nominations at various international conferences.
  • Research Chair of STEM Education, University of Calgary (until Oct 2019)
  • Visiting Professorship (Honorary) at the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research - Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, India (2020 - 2023)