My work is dedicated to developing and deploying technology for robotics and computer science education, particularly for students who don't see themselves as robot or computer geeks. Within the field of educational robotics, Artbotics and Robot Diaries are two great examples of this approach. If you'd like to hear more about how robots are taking over the world of education, check out my Google tech talk.
I'm currently on sabbatical while I explore what I'd like to do next in my career. I'm available to work as a consultant and interested in hearing about other jobs in educational technology development. My resume is available here. Please click here to reveal my email address if you'd like to discuss collaboration.
Most recently, I was the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outreach Program Manager at iRobot Corporation. I led iRobot's efforts to promote STEM education through the use of robots both in and out of the classroom, which included:
I also helped to coordinate school tours of iRobot, Demo Days during which iRobot employees visit schools, and STEM-related volunteer opportunities for iRobot employees. If you are in the Boston area and would like to request a tour or school visit for your group, please click here.
Before joining iRobot, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. I worked primarily with Holly Yanco and the UML Robotics Lab.
I received my MS and PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University under my advisors, Illah Nourbakhsh and David Wettergreen. The major contribution of my PhD thesis is Robot-Proxy Grounding, an application of common ground theory which focuses on promoting common ground between people and robots who are collaborating on an exploration task.
I completed my undergraduate degree, a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Anthropology, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
My resume is available for download (PDF).