Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science – August 2009

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa

  • Research Areas: Mobile Technologies, Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Mobile Learning, Educational Game Design
  • Dissertation Title: Mobile Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Moving Intelligent Tutoring Systems Off The Desktop
  • Advisors: Dr. Frank Lee and Dr. Dario Salvucci

Masters of Science in Computer Science – July 2007

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa

Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering – December 1995

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Greensboro, NC

Professional History

  • Senior Director of Innovation Research,
  • Program Director, STEM Education Research, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Policy Focus: STEM Education

  • Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy – July 2016 – November 2016

Policy Focus: STEM Education

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation – September 2014 – July 2016

Policy Focus: Computer Science Education, Broadening Participation in STEM

  • Assistant Professor, Bowie State University – September 2010 – August 2016

Research Areas: Human Computer Interaction, Mobile Learning, Computer Science Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland College Park – October 2009 – September 2010
    • Research Areas: Human Computer Interaction, Mobile Learning, Social Networking, Information Visualization for Music Education, Collaborative Design
    • Projects: Carnegie Hall- Weil Music Institute K-12 Education Technology development, K-12 Mobile Learning
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Drexel University – August 2005 – August 2009
    • Research Areas: Educational Technology, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Mobile Learning
  • Researcher, The Math Forum
    • Research Areas: K-12 Math Education

Research Funding

Q. Brown, S. Sharma, Department of Homeland Security, Developing Homeland Security Expertise to Support Emergency Evacuation Research, 9/1/2011 – 8/31/2014, $249,901

Q. Brown, National Science Foundation, Modeling Inquiry Behaviors in Mobile Learning Environments, 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2014, $199,612

Q. Brown, L. Anthony, National Science Foundation, HCC: Small: Mobile Gesture Interaction For Kids: Sensing, Recognition, and Error Recovery, 9/1/2012 – 8/31/2015, $498,046 Bowie State University Share: $263,788


Q. Brown, L. Anthony, J. Nias, B. Tate, R. Brewer, G. Irwin, 2013. Towards Designing Adaptive Touch-Based Interfaces. ACM SIGCHI Third Mobile Accessibility Workshop (2013), 4pp.

Q. Brown, L. Anthony, R. Brewer, G. Irwin, J. Nias, B. Tate, Challenges of Replicating Empirical Studies with Children in HCI. ACM SIGCHI RepliCHI Workshop (2013), 5pp.

B. Tate, Q. Brown Designing Interfaces to Support Patient-Clinician Communication with Older Patients. ACM SIGCHI Patient Clinician Communication: The Roadmap for HCI Workshop (2013), 3pp.

L. Anthony, Q. Brown, J. Nias, B. Tate, S. Mohan, Interaction and Recognition Challenges in Interpreting Children’s Touch and Gesture Input on Mobile Devices. Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (2012), 225–234.

Q. Brown, L. Anthony Understanding How Children Use Touchscreens, Presented at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, New Investigators Track (2012)

Q. Brown and L. Anthony Toward Comparing the Touchscreen Interaction Patterns of Kids and Adults. In Proc. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Workshop on Educational Software, Interfaces and Technology (EIST’2012). Austin, Texas, USA, 2012.

Walsh, G., Q. Brown and Druin, A. “Social Networking as a vehicle to foster cross-cultural awareness”. In. Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2011). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, 2011.

Q. Brown, L. Hatley, E. Bonsignoire, and A. Druin, “Mobile Natives: Unlocking the Potential of Educational Technology”, Extended Abstracts Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2011), Vancouver, Canada, 2011.

Q. Brown, Bonsignore, E., Hatley, L., Druin, A., Walsh, G., Foss, E., R. Brewer, Hammer, J. and Golub, E.,  “Clear Panels: A Technique to Design Mobile Application Interactivity” in 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Aarhus, Denmark, 2010.

W. Eugene, L. Hatley, K. McMullen, Q. Brown, Y. Rankin, and S. Lewis, “This Is Who I Am and This Is What I Do: Demystifying the Process of Designing Culturally Authentic Technology,” in 13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 2009, pp. 19-28.

Q. Brown, D. Salvucci, F. Lee, and V. Aleven, “Who Helps When the Tutor Is Asleep?,” in 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, 2009, pp. 632-634.

Q. Brown, F. Lee, and S. Alejandre, “Emphasizing Soft Skills and Team Development In an Educational Digital Game Design Course,” in Fourth International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, 2009, pp. 240-247.

Q. Brown, W. Mongen, D. Kusic, E. Garbarine, A. Fontecchio, and E. Fromm, “Computer Aided Instruction As A Vehicle For Problem Solving: Scratch Boards In The Middle School Years”, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pa, 2008.

Q. Brown, F. Lee, V. Aleven, and D. Salvucci, “Interface Challenges for Mobile Intelligent Tutoring Systems,” in International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, 2008, pp. 693-695.

Q. Brown, F. Lee, D. Salvucci, and V. Aleven, “The Design of a Mobile Intelligent Tutoring System,” International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Doctoral Consortium, Montreal, Canada, 2008.

Q. Brown, F. Lee, D. Salvucci, and V. Aleven, “Developing A Mobile Intelligent Tutoring System to Bridge The Digital Divide,” IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, Graduate Consortium, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany 2008

Technical Posters

Q. Brown, C. Okoroha, Z. Conerly, F. Joseph, A. Ayodeji, O. Olugbuyi, “Culturally Situated Design Tools: From Desktops to the Mobile Devices” at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Baltimore, MD 2012

Q. Brown, “Designing Learning Environments: An Example in Computer Science Undergraduate Education” at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Orlando, Florida, 2008

Q. Brown, “Collaborative Educational Technology Design” at Alliances for Graduate Education and The Professoriate Albany, New York, 2007


Shifting the Paradigm of African American Students from Consumers of Computer Science to Producers of Computer Science, at Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 2013

Where Are We on Computing Among Girls of Color in K-12 at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Baltimore, MD, 2012

Kids On The Go – Challenges Confronting Mobility at Family Online Safety Institute Conference, Washington, DC, 2009

Student Recommendations for Increasing Participation in Science and Engineering at Richard Tapia Diversity In Computing Conference, Portland, Oregon, 2009

Black Family Technology Awareness Week, Philadelphia, Pa 2007


National Science Foundation/Computing Community Consortium Computing Innovations Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2010), 60 awarded out of 540 applicants – The CI Fellowship program was established to connect researchers and organizations of differing characteristics to help support the long-term health of the computing field.

National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship (2007-2009) – The GK-12 program provides fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools, graduate fellows can improve communication and teaching skills while enriching STEM content and instruction for their K-12 partners.

National Science Foundation Bridge To The Doctorate Fellowship (2005-2007) – The BTD program provides support for graduate studies to transform STEM education through innovative academic strategies and experiences in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Honorable Mention (2006)

Scholarship to attend the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (2008)

Travel scholarship to attend the International Intelligent Tutoring Systems Conference (2008)

Full scholarship to attend Microsoft Games in Computer Science Education Conference, 10 awarded out of 60+ applicants (2008)

Full scholarship to attend Grace Hopper 2007, 120 awarded out of 900+ applicants (2007)

Full scholarship to attend Richard Tapia Diversity in Computing (2007)

First Place – Preparing For The Professoriate Student Poster Competition April 2007

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