Faculty Fellows


The ATLAS Faculty Fellows program embodies our core mission and commitment to foster interdisciplinary exploration, innovation and education. Together with them and our other campus partners, the ATLAS Institute stretches the boundaries of learning, examining and creating in order to better understand the myriad of ways technology enables and transforms our society and the ways we interact with it. The CU faculty members below include a broad range of thought-leaders, researchers and educators from across campus. These Faculty Fellows engage and advance our multi-disciplinary efforts and represent one of the most important resources and assets for ATLAS and all the students who participate in our programs today.

We are delighted to be a part of a university community with a wealth of interest, knowledge, curiosity, patience and energy to stretch the boundaries of learning, examining, innovating and expanding the myriad of ways technology enables and transforms our society.


More about the ATLAS Faculty Fellows program.


Mark D. Gross
Mark D. Gross is the director of the ATLAS Institute and is a professor in the Department of Computer Science. His research interests include design methods, modular robotics, computationally enhanced construction kits and crafts, sketch tools and applications, and human interaction with computers as an increasingly common experience in many aspects of the physical world. He was a professor of computational design at Carnegie Mellon University from 2004 until his appointment as ATLAS director in January 2014. From 1990 to 1999, he was an assistant and associate professor of architecture, planning and design at CU. From 1999 to 2004, Gross was a professor of architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle.
BA, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jill Van Matre
Jill Van Matre Dupré is associate director of the ATLAS Institute. Her research includes alternative dispute resolution and the use of mediation to resolve disputes in interdisciplinary fields; information privacy; data lifecycles; Internet sociology; transmedia storytelling; leadership; and innovation.
JD, University of Colorado School of Law; BS Finance and International Studies, Indiana University.

Leysia Palen
Leysia Palen is an associate professor of Computer Science. She directs the Connectivity Lab and the NSF-funded Project EPIC: Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis. Her training and interests are socio-technical, focusing on ethnographic studies of coordination and practice that inform technology design, implementation and policy. She has worked in aviation, digital privacy behaviors, personal information management, mobile technology diffusion, technology and family, health care and cultural heritage.
BS, University of California, San Diego; MS, PhD, University of California, Irvine

Clayton Lewis
Clayton Lewis, a professor of Computer Science, works on user interface design; human-computer interaction; cognitive architectures; design of programming languages; end-user programming; computer-supported negotiation; and computer modeling in elementary science. Prior to joining the University of Colorado in 1984, Lewis managed Human Factors research at IBM’s Watson Research Center.
AB, Princeton University; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD, University of Michigan

John Bennett
John Bennett is Archuleta Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as ATLAS Institute director from 2007-2013. Prior to that Bennett was associate dean for education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was co-founder and president of Pacific Mountain Research of Seattle, which provided hardware and software engineering services to startup technology companies.
BSEE, MEE, Rice University; MS, PhD, University of Washington

Joanne Belknap is a professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado. Most of her publications are concerned with violence against women and girls and incarcerated women and girls.
BA, University of Colorado; MA and PhD, Michigan State University

Revi Sterling
Revi Sterling is founding director of the ATLAS Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) master’s degree program and is the first graduate of the ATLAS interdisciplinary PhD program in Technology, Media and Society. Sterling is active in several international technology and development initiatives, including her own research on technology and empowerment in Africa, India and South America. She serves on the UN-GAID High Level Panel of Advisers and provides community readiness, gender mainstreaming and sustainable development consulting for NGOs, foundations and corporations. Prior to coming to CU, she worked at Microsoft for 10 years, strengthening the academic pipeline of technical women.
BA, University of Montana/Carnegie Mellon University; PhD, University of Colorado

Ken Anderson is an Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include software architecture and the design of scalable, reliable, and robust software infrastructure. Prof. Anderson is Co-Director of Project EPIC and CU’s Center for Software and Society. He recently led the effort to create a BA in Computer Science degree program, significantly increasing the number of students majoring in Computer Science at CU Boulder. Prof. Anderson also works to broaden the participation in computer science to women and minorities; for the past four years, he has hosted the NCWIT Colorado Aspirations in Computing Award, an award that recognizes the computing accomplishments of high school girls throughout the state of Colorado.
BS and MS,PhD, University of California, Irvine

Michael Theodore
Michael Theodore, an associate professor of Music Composition and Technology, directs the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance. He teaches music composition and technology, and interactive media. Theodore creates large scale sound/art installations and has created touring performances with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, who is associate director of the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance.
BA, Amherst College; MM, Yale School of Music, MM; PhD, University of California, San Diego.

Jennifer Bair
Jennifer Bair is an assisant professor of Sociology. Her research focus is on global commodity chains in the contemporary manufacturing sector, especially in the global textile and apparel industry, and in historical perspectives.
BA, Johns Hopkins University; MA and PhD, Duke University

Nabil Echchaibi
Nabil Echchaibi is assistant professor of Journalism and Media Studies and associate director of the Center for Media, Religion and Culture at the University of Colorado. His research involves identity, religion and the role of media in shaping and reflecting modern religious subjectivities among Muslims in the Middle East and in diaspora.
BA, University of Colorado; MA and PhD, Michigan State University

Mike Eisenberg
Michael Eisenberg is a professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado. He teaches courses in artificial intelligence and cognitive science and is the recipient of multiple academic awards including CU President’s Teaching Scholar Award and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. His research centers on educational computing, mathematics and science education, learnability of programming languages, and scientific computation. Eisenberg is also instrumental in CU Boulder’s Craft Tech Lab, the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Center for LifeLong Learning and Design.
BA, Columbia University; MS, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maw-Der Foo
Maw-Der Foo is an associate professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado and is a visiting professor at Ghent University in Belgium. His research is related to the role of emotions in the workplace. He also applies management and psychological concepts to understand the ways in which entrepreneurs identify, evaluate and implement business opportunities.
BA, National University of Singapore; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Hekman
David R. Hekman is an assistant professor of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. and is a visiting professor at Ghent University in Belgium. Three workplace problems he is particularly interested in minimizing are ineffective leadership, worker job dissatisfaction and persistent workplace inequality.
BA, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI; PhD, University of Washington

Jean Hertzberg is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado. Her research interests center around pulsatile, vortex dominated flows with applications in both combustion and bio-fluid dynamics. Three dimensional flows and passive and active fluid control techniques are of particular interest.
BS, University of Michigan ; PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Sarah Hug
Sarah Hug is a research associate at ATLAS and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). She is a learning scientist specializing in mixed method research and evaluation regarding learning and identity in technology fields. She has served as an evaluator for numerous National Science Foundation programs that aim to broaden participation in computing.
BS, Purdue University; PhD, University of Colorado

Francy Milner
Francy Milner teaches business ethics and corporate social responsibility as an instructor at the Leeds School of Business. In her role as the associate director for the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), she focuses on curriculum development for graduate and undergraduate courses that help students explore their personal values and their assessment of the role of business and business leaders in a global society.
BS, Purdue University; PhD, University of Colorado

Diane Sieber
Diane Sieber, who was the co-director of ATLAS from 2000-2007 and was the first director of the ATLAS Technology, Arts and Media program, is the associate dean for Education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. She also is the former director of the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering. Her research areas include two eras of technology-driven communication revolution: Renaissance Europe immediately post printing press, and the current networked digital age. She has published on Don Quixote, Spanish Golden Age drama, poetry and historiography, and cartographic works in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. She has also published on teaching and learning with emerging technologies in higher education.
MA, PhD, Princeton University

Edwige Simon
A native of France, Edwige Simon moved to the U.S. in 1999. She has a PhD in Technology, Media and Society from ATLAS, and master’s degrees in American Studies, French and Education. She currently works as a Language Technology Program Coordinator for the Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) at the University of Colorado. Edwige regularly designs and teaches instructional technology workshops (in-class and online) and works closely with faculty members interested in developing their technology literacy. She also has worked as an independent contractor for the School of Continuing Education and for APEX Learning, a company that designs online language courses. Her research interests stand at the intersection of technology, education and professional development. She is especially interested in studying how campuses can assist faculty to make the transition from traditional classroom-based teaching to fully online environments.

Paul Ohm
Paul Ohm is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School. He specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property and criminal procedure. He teaches courses in all of these topics and more, and in 2010 he was awarded the prize for Excellence in Teaching by the students of Colorado Law. From 2012 to 2013, Ohm served as senior policy adviser to the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining the academy, he served as an Honors Program trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.
BS, Yale University; JD, UCLA School of Law

Tom Yeh
Tom Yeh is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science. He leads the Sikuli Lab, which conducts cutting-edge research to make computers see better and interact with humans more naturally. One example is Sikuli Script, a GUI automation tool based on screenshots.
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mark Winokur
Mark Winokur is an associate professor of English and the ATLAS Institute. His research and teaching interests focus on popular culture; film; science fiction; technology and media; American studies; American race and ethnicity studies.
BA, Brandeis University; MA and PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Anne Bliss
Anne Bliss is senior instructor emerita of the Program for Writing and Rhetoric. She is one of the original ATLAS Faculty Fellows appointed by the vice chancellor and the author of Technology and Privacy in the New Millennium, Ethica (2004).
BA, Seattle University, EdD, University of Colorado

ATLAS Faculty Fellows not pictured:

Mark Amerika, Art and Art History
Dan Boord, Film Studies
Andrew Calabrese, Journalism and Mass Communication
Bud Coleman, Theater and Dance
Beth Dusinberre, Classics
Margaret Eisenhart, Education
Michele Ellsworth, Theatre and Dance
Lori Emerson, English
Noah Finkelstein, Physics
Gerhard Fischer, Computer Science
Rob Guralnick, Museum / Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Michele Jackson, Communication
Elizabeth Jessup, Computer Science
Kai Larsen, Business
Merrill Lessley, Theater and Dance
Ramiro Montealegre, Business
Meg Moritz, Journalism and Mass Communication
Janice Peck, Journalism and Mass Communication
Scott Peppet, Law
Steve Pollock, Physics
Ed Rivers, English
Doug Sicker, Interactive Telecommunications Program
Bryan Taylor, Communication
Kathleen Tierney, Sociology
Phil Weiser, Law/Interdisciplinary Telecommunications

Last Updated: March 2014