School of Interactive Computing,
Georgia Institute of Technology
85 5th St., TSRB 338A
Atlanta, GA 30332-0760
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 May 2012 and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She leads the Culture and Technology Lab (CaT Lab), which is focused on understanding how cultural values impact the use of technology and motivations for learning.
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 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 is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. She studies and designs technologies that support collaboration, cooperation, and learning. Her research spans the areas of computer-supported cooperative work, social computing, and the learning sciences. She graduated from Georgia Tech College of Computing with a PhD in 2009.
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 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 was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and is now an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.
Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan where she directs the Living Online Lab. Her research is in the areas of Social Computing, Social Media, and HCI. Her main focus of research investigates how families manage social media and technology use in their everyday lives. She completed her PhD in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech in 2012. She received her MS from UC Berkeley and her BA from Dartmouth College.
Dr. José P. Zagal is an Assistant Professor at DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media and is currently visiting faculty at the University of Utah's Entertainment Arts & Engineering program. His research explores the development of frameworks for describing, analyzing, and understanding games from a critical perspective to help inform the design of better games. He is also interested in supporting games literacy through the use of collaborative learning environments. His book on this topic, “Ludoliteracy: Defining, Understanding, and Supporting Games Education” was published in 2010. More recently he edited “The Videogame Ethics Reader” (2012), a collection of writings that provide an entry point for thinking, deliberating, and discussing ethical topics surrounding videogames. José completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2008.
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 co-founder of a healthcare technology startup in Atlanta, Alii Healthcare. 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 a developer in Microsoft's Systems Programming Group designing type and concurrent safe programming languages. His passion, at work and home, remains forever on providing quality tools for other developers to play with. 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.
Hannah Pileggi received her MS from the ELC Lab in 2013, and is currently a UX researcher at Facebook, on the Photos team. She focuses on developing new mobile applications within the photo space. Most recently she was part of the team that launched Slingshot, a standalone app from Facebook Inc. She received a B.S. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University and was previously an intern with Google Drive.
Matthew Flaschen graduated from Georgia Tech in 2010 with a major in CS. He now currently is a developer at the Wikimedia Foundation. He worked on ProveIt, a tool to manage wikipedia references.
Anne Hewitt graduated Georgia Tech with undergraduate degree in Computer Science in 2008 and started her career as a part of the Technology Analyst Program at Merrill Lynch where she supported the Wealth Management technology. Currently, she manages Bank of America’s private cloud infrastructure. Anne is also an MBA student at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.
Terris Johnson received his BS in Computational Media in Spring 2011 with a Social / Personality psychology certificate. His undergraduate research experience focused on utilizing video games as a launch pad for personal ( Jose Zagal ) and educational improvement ( Betsy DiSalvo ), and helped to improve the User Experience around creating Wikipedia citations for non-technical users ( Kurt Luther ). Terris has been practicing UX professionally since June 2012; having produced work for clients like Verizon Wireless, Georgia-Pacific, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, BB+T, as well as a local Atlanta startup.
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 graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Computational Media and a certificate in Social/Personality Psychology. She obtained a Masters in Education specializing in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Ga. She's currently a Game Programmer/Software Developer working on ways to use technology to motivate and improve learning and awareness.
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 and her PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. She is now an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Northwestern University.
Corey Steward received his BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in December 2010. His undergraduate research explored the passion that young urban African American males have for video games and how that passion can be leveraged into an interest in computer science. He is currently working at Microsoft as an Information Security Program Manager for Microsoft Office Products.
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.