MARY SIMONI is a composer, author, teacher, pianist, consultant, and arts administrator. She is currently the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professor Emerita, Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan. Her music and multimedia works have been performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States and have been recorded by Centaur Records, the Leonardo Music Journal published by the MIT Press, and the International Computer Music Association. Her work as a pianist specializes in the use of interactive electronics. Her compositions include the design of performance systems that extend the sonic capabilities of traditional acoustic instruments. She has consulted for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the National Science Foundation, the National Peace Foundation, and numerous universities and arts agencies throughout the world.