Matthew Bethancourt, Instructor, is an educator, composer, musician and interactive designer. His current work focuses on using external datasets for experimental electronic musical expression. Past work has touched on nostalgia, collaborative frameworks and innovative gestural controllers. He has taught audio production, sound synthesis, sound design, game design and development, web design, physical computing, and installation/performance with Max/MSP at various universities in New York City. He holds an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design . Contact | Website
August Black, Technologist in Residence, is an artist, engineer, and technologist. His past work focused on live networked audio, often mixing FM radio with user input through online software. His current interests include techno-politics, functional reactive programming, alternative web architectures, AI/machine learning, and building instruments for creative and technical expression. He holds a PhD in Media, Arts, & Technology from UCSB and is part of the web engineering team at Cycling ’74. Contact | Website
Laura Devendorf, Assistant Professor, explores relationships with technology and the poetics of technology that doesn’t quite work. She designs, develops, and studies interactive systems that leave room for the user to be challenged in order to provoke curiosity and enchantment with the everyday. She holds undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara and a PhD from Berkeley’s School of Information. She continues to practice art in parallel with academic research. Contact | Website
Jill Van Matre Dupre, ATLAS Associate Director, conducts research on technology policy and legal issues surrounding digital content (particularly privacy and intellectual property law issues). Prior to working at ATLAS, she was a Research Fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado School of Law. University of Colorado School of Law, J .D.; member, Colorado Bar Association. Contact
Mark D. Gross, Professor and ATLAS Director, has worked on intelligent computer aided design, virtual environments and design simulation, modular robotics and computationally enhanced construction kits and craft, tangible interaction design, sketch and diagram recognition, digital fabrication and more. MIT Ph.D. 1986, BS. 1978. Contact | Website.
Ian Hales, Instructor, is a graphic artist and designer who is currently an instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder,in the Technology, Arts, & Media Program. Ian is a CU graduate from the School of Fine Arts who teaches courses focusing on digital art, 2D and 3D animation, new media design, as well as gaming and virtual societies. Ian’s work strives to push the standard conception of digital art and graphic design and establish new methods of conveying themes and ideas in visual mediums. Contact.
Arielle Hein, Instructor, is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work explores the imaginative use of emerging technologies and spans the fields of physical computing, interaction design and conceptual art. Drawing on a background in architecture, visual design, and a research-based creative practice, Arielle is passionate about the intersection of technology and human interaction. As an educator, her focus is on empowering students and communities through the exploration of interactive systems and the use of digital tools. Contact | Website
Kevin Hoth, Instructor, is a multimedia artist, commercial and fine art photographer, and photography/digital media educator. He has used traditional and digital photographic technologies creatively since 1995 and has exhibited photography, digital images, video, and solo performance work in over 70 exhibitions around the U.S. He has taught design, digital art, and photography at several universities and now teaches design and digital media studies at University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact | Website.
Mustafa Naseem, Instructor, is a Pakistani educator, researcher and social entrepreneur whose interests lie at the intersection of technology, policy and entrepreneurship geared towards solving global development challenges. His recent work has focused on the use of ICT in Global Health, and Water and Sanitation (WASH) sectors. Prior to joining ATLAS, Mustafa was the founding Director of the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Master’s in ICTD from the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder on a Fulbright Scholarship. Contact
Aileen Pierce, Instructor, has been an instructor for the Technology, Arts, and Media program at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 2004. Aileen teaches courses focusing on the intersection of technology and society, as well as the integration of programming into new media. Aileen holds a B.S. in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. She spent nine years in Silicon Valley working at Oracle and two startups in product marketing and technical support before moving to Boulder. Contact
David Schaal, Lead Multimedia Instructor, is a digital artist showing work nationally and internationally and is currently the lead instructor for the TAM program. He received a BFA in Fine Art, a BA in Psychology, and an MFA in Integrated Art. He has developed and taught Technology Arts Media courses since the founding in 1998 as the first faculty hire in ATLAS. He is interested in all aspects of digital culture and media theory. He also serves on the steering committee for ASSETT, education director for the Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts, and as a board member for ICAS (International Cities for Advanced Sound). Contact
Ben Shapiro, Assistant Professor, investigates how to create learning environments that empower all youth to learn, express themselves, and improve their communities through playful, collaborative use of programmable technologies. Northwestern University Ph.D. 2009. Contact | Website.
Joel Swanson, Assistant Professor, is an artist and writer who is currently the Director of the Technology, Arts & Media Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He teaches digital art, media theory, and the history of design. His art work is motivated by literary theory and exists as a series of installations, both real and virtual, that explore the nature of language and its embodiment. Swanson’s work has been shown in national and international venues. Research and teaching interests: digital art, digital media theory, design, typography. University of California at San Diego, M.F.A., 2005; University of Colorado at Boulder, B.F.A., 2002. Contact | Website.
Dan Szafir, Assistant Professor, focuses on human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-computer interaction (HCI). He studies the design and use of robots and related novel technologies, including brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality, with the goal of improving usability and outcomes such as learning and collaboration. University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. 2015. Contact | Website.
Michael Theodore, Associate Professor of Composition, creates large scale sound/art installations with roboticist Nikolaus Correll, has created a number of touring pieces with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, is 1/2 of the electroaoustic “hardcore Americana” project Batteries Die with punk-folk artist Tim Eriksen, and released a recording with Glen Whitehead (Psychoangelo/Panauromni) that received a “Top Ten Classical Music Recordings of 2010” pick from Timeout Chicago.