Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., B.A., Bloomsburg University
When I was in the fourth grade, my family went to EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, and I knew from that moment what I wanted to do: create interactive experiences for families that made learning fun and included voices from different cultures around the world. Many years later, I now research ways that children and adults can work together to design new technologies used for education and entertainment.
For the last four years, I've worked with the University of Maryland Human-Computer Interaction Lab's intergenerational design team, Kidsteam, through which children and adults work as partners to design new technologies for children. As a member of Kidsteam, I have worked with the U.S. National Park Service, Carnegie Hall and Nickelodeon and have developed new techniques for kids to provide input into the design process.
While working with Carnegie Hall on an international project involving New York City and New Dehli, India, I realized that new design technologies needed to be developed to enable communication, elaboration and evaluation between geographically distributed groups, regardless of time zone. These new tools enable more voices to participate in the design process and create better designs for a more global audience.
I'm excited to be at the University of Baltimore and to continue my work on kids' technologies, applying it to the Simulation and Digital Entertainment and Interaction Design and Information Architecture programs.