Working with these creative campus partners, ATLAS is able to expand the boundaries of learning, technology and the emerging ways positive change in society becomes possible.
The faculty members listed below include a wide range of thought-leaders, researchers and educators from
many disciplines. They are a vital, active resource for the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students of ATLAS.
Together, they each help to further the multi-disciplinary mission of ATLAS.
Ken Anderson, associate professor of CU’s Department of Computer Science, research interests include software architecture and the design of scalable, reliable and robust software infrastructure.
BS, MS and PhD, University of California, Irvine
John Bennett, Archuleta Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as ATLAS Institute director from 2007-2013. Prior to that, he was associate dean for education in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.
BSEE, MEE, Rice University; MS and PhD, University of Washington
Brad Bernthal leads the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic. He teaches courses in telecom policy, spectrum management and entrepreneurial finance. Current research includes telecommunications policy focusing on spectrum management, public safety and smart radios, i.e. cognitive and software defined radios.
Anne Bliss, now retired, was 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
Daniel Boord is Director of the Stan Brakhage Center for the Media Arts. Among the second generation of video artists in the USA, he is known for his collaboration with Argentine artist Luis Valdovino and their exploration of cultural identity at the edges of globalized corporate culture.
The teaching and research of Andrew Calabrese, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, centers on communications, citizenship and globalization.
BA, Denison University; MA and PhD, Ohio State University
Bud Coleman, associate professor and department chair for CU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, is a dancer, choreographer, director and author with multiple CU directing and choreography credits.
BFA, Texas Christian University; MFA, University of Utah; PhD, University of Texas-Austin
Nikolaus Correll, assistant professor, CU’s Department of Computer Science, develops engineering methodologies for the analysis and design of large-scale distributed intelligent systems. He experiments with multi-robot systems, mixed artificial-natural societies and smart materials.
MS, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich; PhD, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Michael Eisenberg, professor of computer science at CU, teaches courses in artificial intelligence and cognitive science. His research includes educational computing, mathematics and science education, learnability of programming languages and scientific computation.
BA, Columbia University; MS and PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michelle Ellsworth, faculty member of CU’s Theatre & Dance department since 2000, makes solo performance work, performable websites, drawings and videos. She has won numerous awards for her artwork and her work has been seen around the world.
BA, New York University; MFA in Dance, CU-Boulder
Lori Emerson, director of CU’s Media Archaeology Lab, writes on digital literature, experimental American and Canadian writing, the history of computing and media theory.
BA, University of Alberta, Edmonton; MA and PhD, SUNY at Buffalo, New York
Noah Finkelstein, physicist and one of the directors of the Physics Education Research Group and director of Colorado’s Integrating STEM Education program, conducts research in physics education, particularly the role of context in student learning.
BS, Yale University; PhD, Princeton University
Gerhard Fischer, director of CU’s Center for Lifelong Learning and Design, is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and a fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science. His research includes lifelong learning, design, meta-design, software design, creativity, social creativity, distributed intelligence, human-computer interaction and design-for-all (assistive technologies).
David R. Hekman, assistant professor, management and entrepreneurship, CU’s Leeds School of Business, focuses his research on minimizing ineffective leadership, worker job dissatisfaction and persistent workplace inequality.
Bachelor of Business Administration, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI; PhD in Management, University of Washington, Seattle
Jean Hertzberg, associate professor, mechanical engineering, CU-Boulder researches pulsatile, vortex dominated flows with applications in 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, Berkeley
Sarah Hug, research associate at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), is a learning scientist specializing in mixed method research and evaluation regarding learning and identity in technology fields. She has worked for numerous National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that aim to broaden participation in computing.
BS, Purdue University; PhD, University of Colorado
Liz Jessup, professor, CU’s Department of Computer Science, researches the development of efficient algorithms and software for matrix algebra problems. She was co-creator of an award-winning, NSF-funded undergraduate curriculum in high-performance scientific computing and has promoted the participation of women in computing. Her research looks into factors that influence women’s choices.
BA, Williams College; PhD, Yale University
Susan Jurow, associate professor of Educational Psychology and the Learning Sciences, explores how learning is situated in changing social and cultural practices. Her writings focus on learning disciplinary content in schools and the ways in which learning is a part of social movements.
BA, New York University; MA and PhD, University of California
Shaun Kane, an assistant professor of Computer Science, CU-Boulder, conducts research in the areas of accessible user interfaces for people with disabilities, mobile and wearable computing devices, and tools to support do-it-yourself prototyping and design.
BS, MS, University of Massachusetts; MS, PhD, University of Washington
Kai Larsen, associate professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at CU’s Leeds School of Business, is director of the Human Behavior Project. His research includes automatic text mining technologies to create a framework for predictors of human behavior. This has implications for our understanding of all human behaviors, including technology utilization, investor decisions and cancer prevention behaviors.
PhD, University at Albany, SUNY
Clayton Lewis, a professor of Computer Science, CU-Boulder, 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.
AB, Princeton University; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD, University of Michigan
Francy Milner, an instructor at the Leeds School of Business, teaches business ethics and corporate social responsibility. In her role as the associate director for the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), she helps students explore their personal values and their assessment of the role of business in a global society.
BS, Purdue University; PhD, University of Colorado
Ramiro Montealegre, an associate professor of CU-Boulder’s Information Systems, researches the interplay between new information technologies and organizational transformation in highly uncertain environmentsin the USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico and the Central and South American regions.
BS, Francisco Marroquín University, Guatemala; MS, Carleton University, Canada; PhD, Harvard Business School
A former television news producer and professor, CU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Meg Moritz examines the impact of crisis reporting on journalists and their subjects. Her current research examines the role of the Internet in Finland during the 2007-2008 school shootings. In 2005, she received a National Science Foundation grant to study coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
BSJ and MSJ, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism; PhD, NU’s School of Speech
Leysia Palen, an associate professor of Computer Science, 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.
BS, University of California, San Diego; MS and PhD, University of California, Irvine
Mary Ann Shea is director of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (FTEP). Founded in 1986 on the principle that faculty best learn from one another, the FTEP provides a wide range of opportunities for CU’s faculty to share insights into teaching and research. FTEP embraces all technologies, from the most traditional to the most innovative.
Bryan Taylor, professor in CU’s Department of Communication, teaches and researches security studies, organizational culture and symbolism, critical and cultural studies of communication, qualitative research methods and technology studies.
PhD, University of Utah
Michael Theodore, an associate professor of Music Composition and Technology, directs the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance. He teaches music composition, technology and interactive media, creates large scale sound/art installations and has worked with performance artist and faculty member Michelle Ellsworth.
BA, Amherst College; MM, Yale School of Music; PhD, University of California, San Diego
Tom Yeh, an assistant professor in CU’s Department of Computer Science, leads the Sikuli Lab, which conducts research in getting computers to see better and interact with humans more naturally. One example: Sikuli Script, a GUI automation tool based on screenshots.
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phoebe Young of CU’s history department, teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the USA and the American West. Her current book project traces the relationships between outdoor practices, social politics and public nature. Her interests include the theory and practice of digital history, flipped/hybrid course instruction and student learning assessment.
PhD, University of California