Master’s Students

Creative Technologies + Design 

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Sarah Kim received her BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has a passion for education and has worked in higher education for over six years. Her primary focus in the CTD program will be in leveraging creative technology to encourage and empower students from underrepresented communities. Her other interests include music, sound design, and social media.

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Tord Johan Rieber received his Bachelor in Business Administration from Hult International Business School in London, England.  His work in the CTD track bolsters his passion for exploring the great outdoors through his focus on designing and creating visually appealing outdoor gear that lessens the impact on the environment.

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Ian Smith earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Film Studies from CU Boulder and continues his academic journey with the CTD program. His wildest dream is to be on the forefront of emerging narrative mediums like virtual and augmented reality in order to shape the interactive future of film and gaming. His passion for genre films, especially horror, steer his creative impulses towards the weird and sublime.


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Ted Thayer completed a B.S. in Engineering Physics with a minor in Biochemistry and a certificate in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He studies product development and execution to support his STEAM toy startup ( Ted’s core interests are creating innovative technologies and designing new methods to facilitate collaboration and learning.


Information & Communication Technology for Development

Babatunde Adegoke
received his B.S. in Statistics in The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State of Nigeria. Shortly after receiving his B.S., he worked with Connected Development (Follow the Money) as the Community Manager where he focuses on product design and assists the communications team. Tunde helped in the design and integrate of the biggest online community dedicated to transparency and accountability which helped the organisation in their expansion plan over Nigeria and Africa. His childhood memories in the villages of Southwest Nigeria, and his experience with how his role in Follow the Money helps empower rural communities let him experience how ICT can lead to the development of communities in developing countries



Nate Beard holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Management from the University of Colorado. After school, he was an editor at Unreasonable Group and worked entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors and startup mentors around the globe before moving to Kenya. He has experience in startups, UX, writing, and technology and interests in education, entrepreneurship and global development.

Before attending CU Boulder, Ole Bjelland graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BA in Politics and Business Management. Currently Ole is studying for a Masters in Information and Communication Technology for Development with a special focus on how to leverage technology to provide education opportunities in marginalized developing country contexts. He is designing lesson plans for MakerSpace education models that focus on encouraging empowerment and agency through vocational training in refugee communities. Beyond his research, Ole has a passion for outdoor activities in all seasons ranging from skiing to hiking to hammocking!

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 Ryan Doner received his B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Arizona with an emphasis in learning and memory. He is fascinated by the interplay of technology and psychology, particularly with respect to mindfulness meditation. He hopes to design virtual reality experiences that reduce consumerist behaviors and encourage compassion for environmental and humanitarian issues.


Jennifer Lee grew up in northern California, east of San Francisco. She has an undergraduate degree in studio arts with a certificate in Technology, Arts, and Media (T.A.M.) from the University of Colorado. She is always looking for opportunities to develop, learn, and add to her skill set, hoping to establish human connection through technology and design. She currently resides in Denver.



Emily Long graduated from Colorado College with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and English. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand, Emily moved to Telluride, Colorado, to learn how to ski. Concurrent to her ski training, she worked as the program director for Telluride Mountainfilm, where she was responsible for creating the Moving Mountains Symposium on Wilderness in 2014. Currently, in addition to her graduate work at ATLAS in ICTD, she consults for several cleantech nonprofits, and is the proud mother of daughters Eliana and Raina.

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Carolyn Moreau grew up in New Zealand, is a journalist and filmmaker and currently works as a videographer in the communications department at CU.

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Tim Morrissey received a B.A. in English with distinction from the University of Colorado. Currently, he owns and operates a small business with his wife and works for the CU-Bookstore.


Denise Powell holds dual B.A. degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa and has worked as a professional editor in the publishing industry for many years. An advocate for women, she founded The Voices Project, an online literary magazine for women to express themselves through poetry to promote social change. She has worked in Ghana, West Africa, with OAfrica, an NGO that helps keep orphans and vulnerable children in families and currently serves on its US board of directors. An avid traveler, Denise has visited 43 countries. Through the ICTD program, she hopes to learn how to best combine creativity with technology to help struggling communities across the globe.

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Joanne Reid has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado and has skied on the CU Buffs ski team.

Fujiko Robledo Yamamoto

Fujiko Robledo Yamamoto, LCSW, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Social Work. For the last 5 years, she worked at a non-profit providing clinical treatment to children and families who have experienced abuse. She is interested in merging concepts from psychology, education, and neuroscience to design tools to help people of all ages learn in a playful and interactive manner.

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Kari Santos has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and has worked as a software engineer for more than 20 years. Her projects have included digital communications technology, digital video, Facebook and websites. She works for a Boulder startup designing software for enhanced e-books. A few years ago, she, her husband and their three children traveled through Asia for a year, volunteering about a third of the time with NGOs in four different countries. 

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Gena Welk has a B.S. in Business Administration from CU Boulder, as well as an M.A. in Digital Media from the University of Denver. After taking time off to focus on raising a family, she is now taking time to focus on technology and how it’s changing the world. She is passionately interested in privacy issues, telecom policies in the US and abroad, and the way the human brain is adapting to screen technology plus the negative effects it could be having on our children.