Jill Dimond completed her PhD in August of 2012 in Human Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between activists and technology. Jill specifically partnered with Hollaback, an organization working to stop street harassment. She additionally holds a B.S in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Jill is currently a worker-owner at Sassafras Tech Collective (sassafrastech.com), a worker-owned cooperative focusing on web/app design and development specializing in social justice causes.
Betsy DiSalvo graduated with her PhD in December 2011 and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She leads the Learning Ecologies Lab, which is focused on understanding the whole ecology of learning with and about technology.
Jason Elliott obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in December, 2005. His dissertation research involved describing different approaches to exploration in the AquaMOOSE 3D environment, a graphical online community designed to provide students with a novel way to explore and learn about mathematics. Jason received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 1997 and his M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. Jason is currently working as a software engineer in the Research and Development Team at Careerbuilder.com.
Jason Ellis is a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003. Prior to Georgia Tech, he was a faculty researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also received an undergraduate degree with honors in Computer Science. His PhD thesis was an online community that supports kids interviewing elders on the Internet to build up a shared multimedia archive of oral history.
Andrea Forte completed her Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Tech's College of Computing in August 2009. Her research focused on written communities of discourse and social contexts for learning through writing. Andrea holds an MLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (now School of Information) at University of Texas at Austin and a BA in foreign language and literature with a minor in philosophy from Western Michigan University. She is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University.
Jim Hudson finished his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation research looked at how small group discussions for educational purposes change when they move from the face-to-face classroom into an online chat environment. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Advanced Concepts & Technologies at Pitney Bowes, studying the management of the innovation process inside of corporate settings. He is now the Global Research Manager of Customer Experience and Design with Paypal.
Kurt Luther Kurt completed his Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech in 2012. For his dissertation work, he studied leadership in online creative collaboration and led the development of Pipeline, a free software tool for organizing creative projects online. While in graduate school, Kurt interned with YouTube's User Experience team and the Social Computing groups at Microsoft Research and IBM Research. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sarita Yardi completed her PhD in Human-Centered Computing in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing group. Her research is in the areas of Social Computing, Social Media, and HCI. She studies how people navigate social media use in their daily lives with a focus on how families - parents and youth - use technology in home and school contexts.
Jose P. Zagal is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University. His research interests include the use of online communities for collaborative learning and the development of frameworks for describing, analyzing, and understanding games. José received his PhD in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, his MSc in engineering sciences and a BS in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1999 and 1997. In his free time he loves to design and play games.
Lori received her Masters in HCI from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech in 2002. Her research involved exploring how the AquaMoose 3D software impacted the learning of high school math students. Prior to her Masters, Lori received her B.S. degree in Media Studies from the Ohio University School of Communications. She is currently working as a Director at CNN.com, where she manages site-wide projects and usability.
Josh Berman is the founder of an equity research firm based in Atlanta, serving the European institutional market. While completing a National Science Foundation traineeship with the ELC group, he and Professor Bruckman created The Turing Game, which received a Global Information Infrastructure award from Ziff Davis, and was a finalist for both the Ars Electronica and Stockholm Challenge Awards. In addition to his work with the ELC lab, Josh has completed research in residence at Time Warner Entertainment, Microsoft Research and The Santa Fe Institute. He has also held various positions in the software and financial industries.
Susan Gov received her MSCS with a specialization in HCI in 2006. She worked on a user study for her Masters project that entails studying how users create identities in online communities and how these identities are maintained across various online communities/social networking sites. Her goal was to understand how the context of an online community affected the way its members create and manage their identities within that community.
Addy Lee received her MS in HCI at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.
She conducted a study of dating behavior on social networking sites, MySpace and Friendster.
Her goal was to understand how public display of social connections and the ability to comment on profiles influence
how users search, contact, and communicate with potential dates. Addy now works at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA.
Addy received a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.
Scott Lewis is the interface designer/developer at Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and has worked in the video games industry since 2002. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and his Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech. During his stay, he worked with Jason Elliott on AquaMOOSE 3D.
Amon Millner is currently a PhD student in the Lifelong Kindergarten Research group at MIT's Media Lab. His research focuses on developing tools and activities for young people to integrate computer programming with a variety of craft materials in projects they design and create. This research builds upon interests he developed as a member of the ELC group: understanding how youth relate to computer programming in informal after-school learning environments (like Computer Clubhouses). Millner holds an MS in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT (2005), an MS in Human Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech (2003), and a BS in Computer Science from USC (2001).
Jared is currently working at Microsoft on the Visual Basic Core Compiler. Specifically, he is working on the implementing LINQ and the Debugger. He has been at Microsoft for 3 years working on various parts of Visual Studio including Team Architect, Team Developer and now Visual Basic. He received his Bachelors degree from Georgia Tech in 2003. While at Georgia Tech, he spent almost 2 years working as a research assistant to Jason Elliot on his project AquaMoose3D where he implemented the networking communication and data storage layers.
Jordan Patton graduated with his MS in HCI in Spring 2009 from Georgia Tech's College of Computing. He is working with Dr. Amy Bruckman and Andrea Forte to investigate deviant behavior on Wikipedia. Jordan previously studied Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, graduating with a BSIE in 2005. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon.
Hannah Pileggi received her MS from the ELC Lab in 2013, and is currently a researcher at Facebook. Her research interests combine social computing with information visualization. She is especially interested in teens online. She received a B.S. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University and has interned with Google Docs and Drive.
Anne Marie received her BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Her undergraduate research addressed female use of technology at an Intel Computer Clubhouse. She also investigated how Alice, a 3D programming environment, could teach object-oriented programming to middle school students. After Georgia Tech, she received her MA in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University. She worked at Microsoft and Leapfrog before returning to graduate school. She is currently a PhD student in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego.
Joe received his Bachelors degree from Georgia Tech in 2004. While pursuing a MSCS in 2005 he left to help start WeTheCitizens, Llc and now serves as a senior software engineer and head of their technical operations. During his time at Georgia Tech he worked on the Moose Crossing project.
Anne Hewitt is pursuing a BS in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. She is conducting research with Andrea Forte as an Intel Opportunity Scholar. They are studying identity management and student and faculty relationships on Facebook.
Pam Krolikowski a 5th year student at the University of Maryland at College Park.
She is majoring in computer science and minoring in philosophy.
Taneshia Marshall gradauted from Georgia Tech with a major in Computational
Media in 2009.