I am Professor of Information Sciences & Technology in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. I direct the Engineering Education & Cyberlearning Lab (EECL) Lab. I study how the use of technology shapes learning in informal spaces such as the workplace, online communities, and extra-curricular activities. I publish broadly in engineering and computing education, educational technology, and computer-supported collaborative work and learning. For details and most current information, please refer to my c.v. (updated: 05/2020) and publications.
I have published over 150 peer-reviewed articles in journals, conferences, and books. My research has been recognized with several best paper awards and the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research (CHEER), co-edited with Barbara Olds, received the 2015 Best Book Publication Award from Division I of AERA. My research is supported primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and I have served as PI on 15 NSF awards, including an Early CAREER Award.
I started my faculty career at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, where I was Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education in the College of Engineering, and affiliated faculty with Computer Science (CS), Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE), Science and Technology in Society (STS), and Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI). At VT, I received the Engineering Dean’s Faculty Fellow Award for Extraordinary Performance in Research (2013) and Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award in Recognition of Extraordinary Performance (2010).
I have held short research stints at Microsoft Research Labs, Bengaluru, India, the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, and the University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany. I spent a summer at FXPAL, Palo Alto, CA. I started my professional career at Wipro Systems, Bengaluru, India.
I received my Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Technology Design (2007) from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. I also have an M.S. in Information, Design & Technology from Georgia Tech, a Master of Mass Communication from University of Georgia, a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Delhi College of Engineering, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from George Mason University.