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Founder andDirector of the Work Systems Design Group at NYNEX Science and Technology in the early 1990s, Dr. Sachs incorporated participatory design practices in the design of work systems, bringing together workers, managers, and scholarly practitioners. Social Solutions continues to use this integrated approach in its work. Dr. Sachs was Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Research on Learning, where she served as Director of the Workplace Practice Group, and was Senior Research Associate at the Lab for Cognitive Studies of Work at City University in New York City. One of her patents for computer-based tools (Brahms), which visualizes and simulates work and social relationships, has been in use at NASAfor over eight years.
Dr. Sachs holdsMasters and PhD degrees from City University of New York in economic anthropology. She conducted post-doctoral research in cognitive and developmental psychology.
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Clancey, William J., Sachs, Patricia, Sierhuis, Maarten, Hoof, Ron van (1998): Brahms: Simulating Practice for Work Systems Design. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 49 (6) pp. 831-865.
Sachs, Patricia (1995): Transforming Work: Collaboration, Learning, and Design. In Communications of the ACM, 38 (9) pp. 36-44.