Natalia is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. in American Culture and Media Arts from Temple University. In her current research, Natalia is exploring the relationship between collaborative media production and civic engagement, using participatory design-based methods. Before coming to Northwestern, Natalia taught youth media literacy and production in Philadelphia, and led the development of a public access/online news show called “POPPYN” that presents perspectives and contributions of youth missing from the mainstream media.
Anna is a Learning Sciences PhD student at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She enjoys thinking about the systemic problems faced by underdeveloped countries like Jamaica. Anna is currently exploring design based research, second language acquisition for Jamaican creole speakers, narrative and meaning-making, and the interesting nexus between learning, identity and societal development.
She received a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and previously worked as a project coordinator at a start-up in Silicon Valley and an economics researcher.
Daniel is a 1st year Learning Sciences PhD student at Northwestern University. He conducts design-based research on learning tools for novice innovators. His research interests include teaching key design process skills (particularly through analogy), design-based research methods, and tools for design critique. Daniel is currently working on implementing the Digital Loft with Design for America. He received an M.A. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Sussex University. Before starting his PhD at Northwestern, Daniel was the Learning Architect at Design for America in the Segal Institute of Design, and taught Intercultural Communications and English at a French engineering school in Bordeaux. He has also worked as an educator in Vietnam, Poland, and his native England.
Gulnaz received an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and has a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Tulane University. She has worked as a freelance journalist and youth media instructor, as well as a high school and middle school teacher.
Emily is a PhD Student in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern University. Emily is interested in building tools to improve motivation, decision-making, innovation, and collaboration. She is currently looking at the effects of using crowdfunding to increase self-efficacy. Emily received her B.S. in Social Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from Harvard University. Prior to doctoral studies, Emily worked for Walt Disney Imagineering in the Disney Research behavioral sciences team.
Salwa Barhumi, MS, 2014 (EdD student, John Hopkins)
Zachary Paul, MS, 2014 (Assistant Product Manager at VTech Toys)
Patti Bao, PhD, 2013 (Google)
Pete Phelan, MA, 2012 (Garibay Group)
Adam Lupu, MA, 2012 (Founder at Learnovate Labs, Director of Learning and Development at Global Playground, Staff Writer at Technori)
Yelee Jo, MA, 2011 (Researcher at Education Development Center | Center for Children and Technology)
Brantley Harris is the tech lead for the Loft. He is a back end, front end developer who is also proficient in UX and graphic design. Brantley has worked on a number of innovative projects at Delta Lab, including Deck and Discourse. Before working with the Loft team he was the CTO at Shortlist. Brantley has also worked as a developer at The Chicago Reader, Leapfrog Online, and moocadvisor.com.
Andy Rench is a web and UX designer for the Loft. His primary focus is handling the UI design and branding of the Loft project. Before working with the Loft team, Andy designed experiences for national and global companies such as Office Depot, Microsoft and Bayer Aspirin working at agencies such as BBDO, Razorfish and Wunderman.
Sergio Salgado is a front end developer for the Loft, and also assists the UI design. He also runs Furnace, a web and visual arts consultancy. He has an MA in Digital Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, and a BFA in Art and Visual Technologies from George Mason University.