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About

JMU X-Labs is an ecosystem specifically designed to teach innovation with intention and nurture a culture of creativity. Its transdisciplinary programming challenges students to take ownership of their education, pivot creatively, and confidently tackle problems that resist easy solutions. The “X” in JMU X-Labs represents the variable of discipline—any and every major is welcome.

Mission
Through collaboration, learners build
confidence and seize opportunities to innovate.

Vision
Our vision is to lead a global movement
that makes passionate problem-solving a way of life.

What is JMU X-Labs?

This is the future of education.

Seán McCarthy Associate Professor of WRTC

I wish education was more like this. It’s so much more rewarding.

Cassandra Hagstoz Computer Information Systems

This sort of study better prepares students for the real world and gives prospective employers confidence.

U.S. Special Operations Command Army unit

Never have I felt so accomplished in a college course!

Madi Schultz Independent Scholars and Media Arts & Design

[The students] were well-prepared and extremely articulate about the problem set, their teamwork, and how they arrived at their solution.

Andrea Limbago Chief Social Scientist at Endgame

JMU X-Labs is an important part of our current, and future, economic ecosystem. Keep growing, creating and innovating, JMU X-Labs!

Harrisonburg Economic Development Harrisonburg, VA

Since I took the JMU X-Labs H4D class, companies (IBM, Accenture, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton) are amazed when I tell them I’ve done iterative/scrum-type work for a government client already.

Cassandra Hagstoz Computer Information Systems

Students
from 55+ majors

Faculty teams from
10+ departments

Partners from
29 organizations

Scholarly activity

See list of scholarly activity

2 Governor’s Technology Awards

For innovative use of technology in education

September 2017 – JMU X-Labs program
September 2018 – Autonomous Vehicles class

100+ News features

See list of news features

Administrative Team

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Nick Swayne Ph.D
Founding Director

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Karris Atkins
Assistant Director

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Kim Fisher
Director of Communications

Patrice-Ludwig

Patrice Ludwig Ph.D
Director of Research

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Olivia Klimko
Director of Programming

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Jamie Zeigler
Lab Manager

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