Kara A. Behnke
Kara A. Behnke (Boulder High School and Monarch High School) is a doctoral student in the Alliance for Technology, Learning & Society (ATLAS) Ph.D. program for Technology, Media & Society. Behnke is an avid gamer whose research focuses on how Gameful Design facilitates the acquisition of purposeful knowledge for Engineering and Computer Science students and enables them to become better innovators, collaborators, and creative designers. Behnke utilizes a variety of gaming platforms to support creative learning environments for CS and Engineering students including Second Life, Xbox360 game development, mobile App development, Unity 3D, and commercial games like Minecraft and League of Legends. She also has several start-up companies in the commercial game industry, and also offers consulting services for game-based education, gamification, and gameful design. Behnke is currently working with eCSite and the School of Engineering to evaluate how “playful design” can engage CS and Engineering students in creative problem solving, modeling and communication.
Hilarie Nickerson (Fairview High School) holds masters degrees in computer science (Georgia Institute of Technology) and industrial design (North Carolina State University). She is pursuing a joint Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, exploring how children and adults can reason, understand, and learn through interactive and dynamic computer-facilitated experiences. Areas of particular interest include agent-environment interaction and learning in informal environments such as museums. Under the supervision of Dr. Alex Repenning (and his co-PIs from Education), Hilarie has been working on the Scalable Game Design project, which investigates methods for enhancing children’s computational thinking skills and increasing their motivation to pursue opportunities in STEM fields.
Rowan Wing (Silver Creek High School) is PhD student in the department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science and is a member of the Mozer Lab and Correll Lab. He has a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a MA in Education from the University of Colorado. His research interests include machine learning, cognitive modeling, and complex adaptive systems. In particular, Rowan is interested in how advances in machine learning and data mining can benefit and inform current educational practices in PreK-12 and post-secondary education.
Donny Warbritton (Casey Middle School) is a PhD candidate in Computer Science. He studies applied systems security with an emphasis in mobile devices. While some of his past work has been on privacy and anonymity in mobile phones, his current focus is on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). He’s interested in how subversion in UAVs takes place and how it can be detected and prevented. In addition, Donny spent his summer as a software development intern at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington where he worked with the Active Directory team.