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 both formal and informal spaces, including 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.
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), including an Early CAREER Award. For details and most current information, please refer to my c.v. (updated: 01/2021) and publications.
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) and Science and Technology in Society (STS). At VT, I received the Engineering Dean's Faculty Fellow Award for Extraordinary Performance in Research (2013) and Outstanding New Assistant Professor Award (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 received my Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Technology Design (2007) from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.