D e s i g n
I've always been a designer. I find great joy in directing my creative energy towards solving problems, whether it's designing educational technology or figuring out how best to explain a concept to my students. In my Ph.D. work, I received a solid background in doing ethnographic research and participatory design, learning how to work with members of a field site to generate design solutions, prototype, and study their effectiveness. I worked with a local community college to develop a digital video system that could be used in a teaching clinic for dental hygiene training.
Currently, I'm working with a group of cetacean ethologists creating a digital augmented paper-based notebook for recording data in the field. The pen/notebook system will allow the biologists to record data on paper in the field, then have data automatically processed into statistical data when uploaded to the computer.
I'm also working on building digital tools for ethnographers. One of the projects I'm working on involves using an FTIR multitouch table for exploring, analyzing, and processing digital video data recorded in ethnographic research.
I also have great interest in wearable computational devices. In my free time, I enjoy building light-up costumes with LEDs and electroluminescent wire. Recently, I've learned to use the Arduino microprocessor for programming interesting behaviors into beautiful things.