Steve Mannheimer, M.F.A.
- Emeritus Professor, Media Arts and Science
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- M.F.A., Washington University, St. Louis (1974)
- B.F.A., Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (1973)
- B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa (1972)
Steve Mannheimer began teaching at the Herron School of Art at IUPUI in 1976. In 1982, while maintaining his teaching duties, he began an 18-year stint as the visual arts writer for The Indianapolis Star. In 1985, and later from 1992-2000, he served as president of the Mid-America College Art Association. He also has been involved in the civic promotion of art, having directed several large-scale public art projects in Indianapolis, including the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy in the city’s King Memorial Park.
In the summer of 2000, he took a two-year leave of absence from IUPUI to become a full-time employee of Thomson Multimedia, Inc. Within Thomson’s New Media Services division, Mannheimer was part of a multi-disciplinary team developing new media business concepts, strategies and technologies. His team worked in collaboration with other Thomson divisions and other research facilities around the world. Mannheimer’s work at Thomson led to a U.S. patent for an acoustic interface (a system for using non-speech sound cues to navigate large databases), as well as more than 20 patent disclosures filed either individually or as part of the team.
After returning to IUPUI in 2002, Mannheimer joined the Media Arts and Science program in the School of Informatics and Computing. Since then, his research has focused on improving access to information for the blind and visually impaired. This work has been supported by grants from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the National Science Foundation, Google Research Awards, the IU President’s International Research Awards and other charitable institutions.
He has presented his research at national and international conferences, including CSUN (California State University – Northridge) Assistive Technology Conference, and the 2018 world conference on Movement and Cognition at Harvard Medical School.
- Acoustic cognition and educational enhancements for the blind and visually impaired
- Innovative design strategies for tactile graphics for the blind and visually impaired
- January 3, 2022
Students complete Design Sprint sponsored by School of Informatics and Computing
- October 21, 2019
IUPUI students devise innovative concepts to help people who are homeless, hungry
- January 23, 2017
Mannheimer receives grant for India collaboration with schools for the blind
- October 1, 2015
Informatics and Computing organizes Indo-US Workshop on Emerging Accessibility Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- April 28, 2015
IUPUI and JPMorgan Chase Launch IT Workforce Development Program
- September 30, 2014
Pacers Foundation, IPS and the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, team up to bring Informatics education to HL Harshman Magnet Middle School
- November 19, 2013
School of Informatics and Computing Faculty and Students Featured at IUPUI Innovation to Enterprise Showcase and Forum
- October 8, 2013
Dr. Davide Bolchini Receives Google Faculty Research Award
- August 22, 2011
School of Informatics and Computing faculty receive National Science Foundation grant to develop educational, sound-based STEM games for blind and visually-impaired students
- January 4, 2011
School of Informatics and Computing faculty receive Google Research Award
- August 19, 2010
School of Informatics and Computing’ Mannheimer patents acoustic interface