I've been working in education, technology, and design for the last 15 years.
I currently a middle school art+design teacher, 3rd/4th grade STEAM teacher, and 5th/6th grade advisor at the Ancona School in Chicago.
I am pursuing a PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education: Social Foundations of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). My research is primarily in liberatory art+design education, education technology, critical pedgagogy, and curriculum design.
From 2013-2018, I served as the Director of Innovation at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. At Catherine Cook, I founded the IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) Program and built the IDEA Lab, a large Maker Space that serves preschool-8th grade students. I co-founded and co-directed IDEA:TE, an annual nationwide conference which trains educators in best practices for teaching with emerging and traditional technology.
Prior to Catherine Cook, I was a research associate at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I contributed to a number of research projects, including CAVE2, 20 Foot Canvas, and MEGA TENORI-ON.
I received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with departmental honors from the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. My BFA research focused on stereoscopic animation and film, algorithmic audio synthesis, psychoacoustics, and physical computing. Information about my BFA thesis project can be found here.
I received his Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Visualization from The School of Art and Art History and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My MFA research centered on multichannel audio synthesis and environments, physical computing, virtual reality, and large scale multitouch environments. Information about my MFA thesis project can be found here.