Brenda Lopez Silva is a senior staff member in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Learning Sciences Research Institute, where she researches, designs, and implements learning technologies for formal and informal educational settings. In addition to her duties at UIC, Brenda is a member of the faculty of the Department of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she teaches a course on immersive environments. She is also an advisor to UNESCO in Mexico, where she develops technology-based educational tools for preschool students in Mexico.
Brenda has produced several technology-based projects that have been exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium and Museum of Astronomy, the SciTech Hands-On Museum, and the Alameda Art Laboratory in Mexico City. She has also been a guest researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, where she conducted research on augmented reality and the impacts of embodied interactions on learning processes and physical efforts in children.
Brenda has an MFA in electronic visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a BA in graphic design and communication from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México, and a post-baccalaureate degree in new technologies from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in México.