Leah Buechley is an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in creating their own technologies. She is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing the LilyPad Arduino toolkit.
Buechley received her PhD and MS degrees in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her BA in physics from Skidmore College. At both institutions, she also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the V&A London, the Ars Electronica Festival Linz, SIGGRAPH, and the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco. It has also been featured in numerous articles in the popular press, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Popular Science, and the Taipei Times.