I am an American Association for the Advancement of Science Science & Technology Policy Fellow aka AAAS S&T Policy Fellow. As a S&T Policy Fellow I am working at the National Science Foundation in the CISE Directorate. There I work on a range of projects involving Computer Science Education and Broadening Participation in STEM. I am also the co-founder of NationOfMakers.org, a non-profit organization focused on fostering an inclusive and diverse community of Makers.
At Bowie State University I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department where I conduct research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). My research explores methods of facilitating human interaction with advanced technologies, including mobile devices, to support the ways in which people play, live, and learn. My ongoing projects examine the design of intelligent tutoring systems, delivered on mobile devices, explore the design and usability aspects of mobile devices, and investigate the use of mobile devices in emergency situations. I am also interested in mobile game design and exploring new user interactions possible with mobile devices. I am the founder and director of the Games+Mobile Play, Learn, Live Lab.
I completed my PhD as part of the Vision and Cognition (VisCog) Lab of the Computer Science Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. My advisors were Frank Lee and Dario Salvucci. While completing my doctoral studies I was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow and a Bridges To the Doctorate Fellow. As a GK-12 Fellow I taught and developed STEM curricula for middle school students. In 2009 I became the recipient of the National Science Foundation/Computing Community Consortium CI Fellows Postdoctoral Research Fellowship award.
It is my belief that all children are capable and deserving of being innovators and creators of knowledge and not consumers. Technology has the potential to enable individuals to become masters of their own fate. While there are researchers interested in creating this technology, I am interested in how the fruits of their labor are applied. As I learn of new findings in education I often wonder how and when the implications of those results will trickle down into classrooms. My research is aimed at facilitating this process.