Lingxiao graduated with Master Degree in Computer Science in December, 2013 and became a QA Engineer at Jibe in May, 2014. She was mostly doing testing work which build test frameworks for developers at Jibe. During those 8 months' working experience, she feels like that she is much more eager and capable to be a developer who can build excited apps. Lingxiao joins EdLab as a Software Engineer in January, 2015. She is super excited with the position which will help her to grow fast and learn more as a developer.
Zeph is a Solutions Architect on the Development & Research team at the EdLab. In this role, Zeph is able to mingle his lifelong commitment to education with his passion for software development. He believes that technology provides the most productive means to impact education and is therefore the most promising way to improve our future society.
Zeph has enjoyed a wide array of professional experiences. From working on bringing college counseling to the masses at Admitster to teaching as both a college professor at Columbia University’s Computer Science Department, and as a teacher at the Buckley School in Manhattan, and the Riverdale Country School, to software engineering roles in financial institutions and internet startups. Zeph holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ola is a Services Associate at the Gottesman Libraries. She has a master's in clinical psychology from the Teachers College and a BA from NYU. Ola enjoys reading, traveling, potatoes, film, and climbing to new heights.
Alex has been a service associate since 2013. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009, where he also worked as a library associate. He lived in Boston for six years before moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Alex is a musician. He sings and plays guitar in the band Tiergarten and has played many shows including opening for Fang Island and Queens of the stone age.
Drawn to its rich history of involvement in international education, Jennifer eagerly came to Teachers College after studying in the U.K. She completed her masters program (specialising in Bibliography & Text and International-Comparative Librarianship) at the College of Librarianship, Wales, the University of Wales. She taught English in south western France to fulfill the requirements for her BA Combined Honours in English and French from the University of Exeter, England. A senior librarian, Jennifer has gained broad experience in diverse areas of library work — research and information, collection development and management, K-12 curriculum, archives, and educational outreach. She enjoys questing for research to strengthen the academic community, while developing a highly collaborative program of sponsored events and activities for the Gottesman Libraries Education Program.
Sara is currently pursuing her M.A. in the Philosophy and Education department at TC and is extremely happy to be a new member of the EdLab Development and Research Group. Originally from West Virginia, Sara studied English and math at Washington and Lee University and subsequently moved to France (without speaking French) for a new kind of challenge. Her research interests include studying the relationship between technology and sociality in the classroom, particularly in higher education. Her non-research interests include philosophizing, star-gazing (albeit it's tough to do in NYC), theater, and exploring.
Lauren is pursuing her MA in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College with a concentration in Children's Media Analysis & Evaluation. Before coming to Columbia, Lauren worked at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Los Angeles, most recently as Post Production Manager on the preschool series Dora the Explorer. Lauren attended UCLA for undergrad, where she majored in Film, Television, & Digital Media (Directing) and minored in Women's Studies.
Lauren enjoys yoga, making comics, bubbles, balloons, camping, playing keyboard, and watching anime. Lauren is trained as a birth and post-partum doula.
Kim Kefgen leads the services team and education program at the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. Before coming to TC, she was the Director of the Samberg Institute for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School where she worked closely with the Dean’s Office on teaching and curriculum development, and led the initiative for effective and appropriate adoption of new technologies for successful teaching. She also worked in New York as a professional theater producer, director and stage manager for over fifteen years, and is a proud mother of a rising fourth grader. As a parent, she is currently a part of her daughter's School Leadership Team and a former PA Executive Board member.
Ms. Kefgen holds a BFA in Theatre from Otterbein College, an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
She is an enthusiastic participant in our times.
Lyn Corno is co-editor of Teachers College Record, a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal for the field of education that has presented a variety of theoretical and empirical articles to a wide audience of readers for over a century. She is formerly Professor of Education and Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and remains a member of the Teachers College EdLab, a collective conducting technology-oriented research and design studies under the auspices of the Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Teachers College, Lyn served as Assistant Professor of Education and Psychology at the Stanford University School of Education and as a Research Associate at the Southwest Educational Research and Development Laboratory. She has also held a variety of positions, including President of Division 15 of the American Psychological Association, Chair of the Visiting Panel for Research at ETS, and Chair of the Board for the National Society for the...
Originally from West Haven, Connecticut, Cinthia Fabian is now a senior at Columbia College majoring in Medicine, Literature, and Society. She delights in traveling to (and disorienting herself in) new cities, a passion that has led her to intern with nonprofit organizations ranging from the YWCA of the City of New York to Mumbai Mobile Creches in Mumbai, India to International Medical Corps in Los Angeles, California. As an Assistant Community Manager for EdLab, she is eager to explore the heretofore unfamiliar 5th floor of Russell Hall and to draw upon her previous communications experience to help strengthen the EdLab community.
Iyob Gebremariam is a Software Engineer at EdLab. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he holds a BS in Computer Science from Yale University and worked as a software engineer in finance and advertising before joining EdLab. Iyob is interested in web technologies, particularly in educational tech, that foster conversation among people from various walks of life. He spends perhaps too much of his free time watching English football (soccer).
Samuel Fordjour is a freshman at SUNY Alfred State. After recently graduating from Newvisions For Advanced Math & Science II in 2016, he will pursue radiology in college. At Edlab Teachers College in Columbia University, Samuel is currently an employee working for the summer hoping to achieve and acquire new skill sets for college and future career. Samuel enjoys playing soccer and percussion. During his spare time Samuel enjoys playing video games especially fifa.
JOHN C. HUME. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in performing arts, John moved to Boston Massachusetts where he worked at both the Rotch Library for Architecture and Urban Planning and the Barker Engineering Library at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 he moved to New York where he decide to pursue his dream of working in professional theater. Since then he has held numerous positions at The Barrow Street Theatre and Classic Stage Company (where he is currently the General Manager). In the summer of 2014, John returned to his first love, the libraries, and he is thrilled to be part of the services team at The Teachers College Library.
As a performer John has appeared in numerous stage productions including: Vera, or The Nihilists (Prince Paul Maraloffski), The Bacchae (Tiresias) and Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Herodias) all with Femme Fatale Theater. He’s also known to New York audiences for his high-octane cabaret shows which have been pr...
A native Vermonter, Jackie headed to the Great White North to pursue a B.A. in English with a focus on drama/theatre as well as world religions and hispanic studies at McGill University. After completing an Advanced CTESOL training (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in San Francisco she soon landed in Queens to begin her four year relationship with the YMCA of Greater New York. Here she played a variety of roles including teaching workforce prep, citizenship skills, and various levels of English to immigrant adults through the New Americans Welcome Center and working as an after school program site coordinator, journalism instructor, teen advisor, and counselor for the DYCD-funded Beacon Center for students in 4th through 8th grade. Today, she functions as a producer for the video team and will take the first steps in a Master of Arts in Media Studies at the New School starting fall 2015. Outside the classroom, Jackie has worked on the production team for ...
Antonia has worked at EdLab as a Services Associate since 2013. She taught Special Education after college, and received her MSIS at UT Austin in 2011. She has published educational outreach resources for NCWIT, and co-edited a compilation of case studies and essays entitled Library Services to Indigenous Populations for IFLA.
She is currently getting her doctorate in clinical psychology at Adelphi University, and drumming in a Samba-reggae marching band.
Caitlin is currently pursuing her M.A. in the Instructional Technology and Media program at TC and is excited to join the Publishing team at EdLab. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Caitlin studied Sociology and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include increasing the participation of girls and women in STEM fields. Her non-research interests include running, eating bagels after running, and exploring NYC.
Andrew Visser is a Welsh born writer-director based in New York and London. He is a Royal Television Society award nominee, and his films have screened at festivals around the world, winning numerous prizes and accolades. As a university lecturer he teaches at one of the longest established film schools in the UK. He has a first class BA in Film and Video from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design and an MFA in Film from Columbia University's School of the Arts.
Kevin Camacho is a freshman at The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). At EdLab, Kevin works with the Digitization Queue (DigiQ) team where he is responsible for fulfilling patron requests and digitally organizing and archiving Teachers College’s historical archives to enhance research opportunities for members of the community. An avid soccer fan, Kevin plays competitively for South Bronx United (SBU). He also serves as a volunteer referee for SBU’s recreational league.
Zhou has diverse experiences combining instructional technology (in which he received a doctoral degree from Teachers College in 2016), software engineering, educational data mining, cognitive science, educational games, and second language learning. He comes from Kunming (the Spring City), China.
Zhou joined EdLab in 2008. He has worked on numerous software engineering projects including Vialogues, New Learning Times, TC Route Finder, Pressible, YoungArts Master Class, etc. He has also been conducting research on educational technology.
Zhou is currently working on the following research and development projects/ideas:
The next generation of Vialogues which I hope will support features such as live streaming, learning analytics, MOOC integration, 360 degree videos, and so on.
Adaptive educational search and recommendations of heterogeneous learning resources. Educators can utilize this system to build comprehensive multimedia online c...
Christopher Gu is the Director of Administrative Solutions for the Gottesman Libraries and EdLab at Teachers College. In this role, he provides innovative leadership and strategic direction for essential services to the directors and staff of the library in the areas of budget and financial management, facilities operations and building safety, and human resources and talent development.
Prior to working at Teachers College, Christopher was an Adjunct Instructor at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where he taught a graduate course in Financial Management. He has also worked for several years in higher education administration and broadcast journalism. Christopher completed his M.B.A. at the NYU Stern School of Business, where he focused his studies on Organizational Management. He also holds a B.A. in Journalism from the NYU College of Arts and Science.
Sabarish is an avid user interface developer and user experience designer. He has a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Michigan, School of Information (Ann Arbor, MI) and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (Bangalore, India).
Sabarish has a unique mix of user experience and interaction design skills along with extensive software development experience. He has worked on a diverse set of technologies, including web, mobile, tablet, PC, smart cars, wearables and internet of things, across various domains, including healthcare, education and consumer electronics.
He joins Edlab at Teachers College after a two year stint at Empirical, a UX research and design agency in Portland, OR, where he did interaction design, prototyping and web development. Before Empirical, Sabarish interned for New York University, University of Michigan and Dell.
Ryan flown from Taiwan and joined EdLab's Development & Research team in 2015 and is excited to be working with a bunch of creative geniuses. He believes helping others is the fastest way to educate people, which can be done through technologies. In terms of technology, he thinks the best strategic plan is called "doing things."
You can follow him on Twitter or Github
The following are his expectations and what he's actually doing in EdLab
Lauren is a science and tech journalist by day and a Gottesman Library Services Associate by night. She likes to talk about a lot of things, but mostly covers how technology affects our health, behavior, education and culture. She recently attended NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and received a Master's degree in journalism. For fun, she collects comic books and browses digital library archives.
Frank Obeng is a current student at Borough Of Manhattan Community College where he has undeclared major. He plans on transferring to a four year college to study Biology and pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.
At EdLab, Frank works in a variety of roles. First, he assists with the digitization of archival materials for the Gottesman Libraries. He also works with library staff to fulfill patron requests via DocDel. Additionally, he works on using social media to promote EdLab tools such as New Learning Times and Vialogues . He is working on a series of digital resources on health and education.
Frank is the current captain for the Borough of Manhattan Community College Mens soccer team. Frank won the P.S.A.L Wingate award just playing only season for his High school DeWitt Clinton (DWC) High School .
Gary Natriello is the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor in Educational Research and Professor of Sociology and Education in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Natriello directs the Gottesman Libraries and is the executive editor of the Teachers College Record. He is also a past editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a past-chair of the Publications Committee of the American Educational Research Association.
Professor Natriello is a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College and a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University. His prior affiliations have included the Center for the Social Organization of Schools and the National Center for Research on Effective Schooling for Disadvantaged Youth, both at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Natriello is the author of several books, including Schooling Disadvantaged ...
Alvaro Ortiz-Vazquez is a Research Associate where he is developing research tools in R for the Quuppa system.
Alvaro is originally from Mexico City and graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with a concentration in astronomy. He is very interested by topics in astronomy and astrophysics including space travel, cosmology, and simulations. In his work, Alvaro seeks to combine the skills of computer programming and mathematics with a complex scientific application. When not programming in Java or studying about active galactic nuclei, Alvaro is very passionate about working around issues of social justice and education. Alvaro also been involved in several after-school tutoring programs since high school and with organizations such as America Reads.
Alvaro is also passionate about increasing representation of underserved and underrepresented youth in STEM fields. He has worked in mentorship programs a...
Adrian joined the Library Services team in Fall 2015. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University, where he specialized in German Philosophy. He is originally from South Texas, is interested in education and adores the San Antonio Spurs. Some of his favorite authors include Kant, Dostoyevsky and Mario Puzo.
Xiaoting passionates about creating technical solutions for education, embedding cognitive psychology theoretical framework and data-driven design into digital instruction product development.
She develops an educational app for preK kids to learn English through audio book radio, another app for Chinese international students to learn about the high schools and colleges in the U.S. She is an Ed.D student in Cognitive Science with the concentration on learning analytics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interest is cross-cultural education comparison from the scope of international education big data mining. She obtains her B.S in neuroscience and biochemistry from SUNY Binghamton University.
In her leisure time, she enjoys going Hackathons, making robotics with Raspberry Pi, writing and cooking.
Dino Sossi has produced digital media for AOL, CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes," CNN, The New York Times, the
United Nations and vh1 at Viacom. His documentary films have screened at film festivals in New York and Los Angeles as well as Berkeley, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Pennsylvania. Dino’s work has been broadcast on CBC, CTV, DiscoveryUSA, Globe & Mail, IFC, Life, MTV Canada, MuchMoreMusic, One, Pridevision and PrimeTV. He previously worked as a producer/videographer for Alliance Atlantis, reporter for The Toronto Star newspaper and producer/host for CIUT 89.5 FM, all in Toronto. Dino's digital storytelling has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as well as at a hackathon hosted ...
Xiang is a member of the research team at the EdLab. His interests lie mainly in mathematical and statistical modeling of psychological and educational problems. More specifically, Xiang's current research is in Bayesian statistics, measurement theory, educational statistics, machine learning/data mining techniques, and combinatorial algorithms. He believes that quantitative research can make a significant impact on development of educational technology.
Xiang received his undergraduate degree from Maryville College(TN) in mathematics and computer science. He is currently pursing Ph.D. in Psychometrics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the EdLab, Xiang was at The University of Virginia. His previous research experience include Item Response Theory, Generalizability Theory, and Computer Adaptive Testing.
Alexandra is a member of the Library Services team at EdLab. She received her undergraduate degree at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, combining sociology with media and communications to study identity theory and personal media consumption. Her research interests include personal identity, group identity, and how fan spaces from media affect who we are and how we see ourselves.
Hui Soo Chae is Director of Research and Development for the EdLab and the Gottesman Libraries. In that capacity he leads the software development, product development, consulting, publishing and collections initiatives. Dr. Chae has led the development of a number of learning applications, including the Vialogues (www.vialogues.com) video discussion tool. His publishing initiatives have included development of the mobile publishing platform for the New Learning Times (www.newlearningtimes.com).
He has also pioneered an accelerated model to speed the delivery of educational consulting services to diverse clients, including HBO, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Peterson Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. These engagements have resulted in widely regarded online curriculum resource collections in areas as diverse as democracy (Teaching the Levees) and fiscal responsibility (Understanding Fiscal Responsibility).
Usa was born in Thailand. She lived and was educated in Bangkok. After her graduation from Srinakarinwirot University in 1976, she started her first career as a teacher of English at Vajiravudh College in Bangkok. Following this, she earned a Master’s degree in Higher and Adult Continuing Education in 1982 from Teachers College, Columbia University. Usa worked for Mahidol University in Bangkok as an Academic Affairs Officer before she returned to Teachers College and began working full-time at TC Library in 1988. Her responsibilities at TC library included supervising part-time employees at the Circulation & Reference Services and managing Reserve materials for faculty. Her interest and willingness to learn the new things has inspired her to earn two more Master’s degrees while working full-time at Teachers College. The areas of interest and specializations from these two graduate programs are International Educational Development with specialization in TESOL, and Communica...
Allen is Senior Librarian, Library Services. He provides in-class library information sessions, research consultation, and email and in-person reference service, and he's involved in developing research guides specific to the College's departments and programs for the library's website and the Learning at the Library blog. He has a BA and an MA in English literature from Cornell University, and an MS in library service from Columbia University. He is interested in promoting and supporting research mastery (a few steps beyond "information literacy"), and he finds contributing to library users' fluency in the use of rich resources very gratifying.
As Director of Design, Brian contributes to a range of projects to create and enhance learning opportunities at EdLab, the Gottesman Libraries, and Teachers College. Recent work includes collaborations as diverse as co-producing Seen in New York, a video series highlighting unique and innovative learning opportunities in New York City, and leading the development of Pressible, an innovative Wordpress-based blogging network. You can find him on Pressible and Twitter. And, just for fun, here's his TC dissertation.
Daniel Agboba is currently a student at Bronx Community College (BCC) where he is focusing on business administration. He eventually plans to obtain an MBA and work in finance. Daniel was born in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to the US several years ago. At EdLab, he is part of the Digitization Queue team, where he works on archiving historical documents to enhance research opportunities for members of the community. Daniel plays travel soccer for South Bronx United. He volunteers as a referee for children’s soccer on weekends and listens to music in his spare time.
An EdLabber since December 2006, George started as an apprentice and worked on archiving over 100 years of education related material in addition to researching various topics about youth and their use of technology. Currently an Innovation Fellow, he serves as project manager for externally grant-funded projects like Understanding Fiscal Responsibility, Let Freedom Swing and YoungArts MasterClass. His responsibilities include working with key project stakeholders to define deliverables, set timelines, and organize social marketing campaigns. He also serves as Book Reviews and Commentaries Coordinator for Teachers College Record where he requests relevant titles from education publishers, contacts professors and PhD candidates to contribute book rev...
Carlos Pena is a senior at University Heights High School. Carlos interns under EdLab's Digitization Queue (DigiQ) team. Carlos will be attending college in the fall and plans to double major in Economics and Mathematics. Carlos has a desire to help children, especially those with learning disabilities and difficulties and mental disorders such as autism spectrum.
Carlos believes innovation in the education sector could have a significant impact not only in the personal development of students, but also in economic development and he wants to be part of that effort.
Samba Doukhansy is a recent graduate of Crotona International High School and will be attending SUNY Potsdam next fall. He is currently undecided about a major but is leaning towards computer science. At EdLab, he works with the Digitization Queue team to archive Teachers College’s historical documents to enhance opportunities for staff, student and faculty research. A big soccer fan, he captained his high school’s boys’ varsity soccer team and plays club for South Bronx United.
Lorraine LaPrade can best be described as a “Jack(ie) of all trades.” She is a newby librarian, performance artist, and self-defense instructor. She holds a M.S. in Library Science from Long Island University, CW Post, and a M.A. in Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University.
Win is a Library Services Associate at EdLab. His interests include Design, Creativity, and Magical Realism. When Win isn't thinking about simple solutions for complex systems, he can be found daydreaming, or working on a new watercolor painting. Hello.
As someone who has always loved learning (but not school), Joann is excited to be in the midst of a learner-centered educational revolution. She received her Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and has Bachelor's degrees from Ithaca College in both Psychology and Italian Studies.
Joann is a product manager within the Development and Research team. She enjoys talking to users about their experiences with EdLab products, specifically Vialogues. Much to her enjoyment, she has been able to marry her love of music with work via the vibrant Rock and Roll Forever Curriculum grant project.
She is also one of the few leading up the recruiting charge so if you want a job at EdLab, you should be nice to her. Tip: Any ...
Keyur is a Software Engineer at EdLab. He is finishing his Master's degree in Computer Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. Prior to pursuing his masters, Keyur had worked as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Technical Developer in a power and water industry for over two years. Apart from coding, he is passionate about football (soccer).
Srujan is a Software Developer at EdLab, and simultaneously is also an MPA candidate at SIPA, Columbia University. Srujan's interests in EdLab are acting as a bridge between designers and code. He loves finding out about and learning new technology that would perfectly suit the problems at hand.
Prior to EdLab and SIPA, Srujan worked at the Reserve Bank of India as a Policy Researcher and Data Analyst, at a Financial Technology firm as a Quant Developer, and at an Education Technology startup as the Technology Lead. Besides technology, his interests are broad, including Economic Policy, Governance, Public Finance and Development.
Srujan graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2012, with a Bachelors in Technology. He lived in Hyderabad and Mumbai, India prior to moving to New York.
Is an experienced graphic design, researcher, coder, digital media maker, and filmmaker for museums and non-profit, who is passionate about storytelling, media, and collaborating with others who want to share an adventure.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking and a minor in Studio Art at New Mexico Highlands University, where her focus was on documenting and telling stories for non-profit and cultural institutions. She then moved to New York City to pursue a MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School for Design, where her work explores smart textiles, wearables, and museum accessibility.
Brian is an Innovation Fellow at EdLab, where he manages stories about how technology is changing the way we learn. Whether brainstorming with a creative team, nitpicking copy edits, or getting lost in analytics, he relishes the process of creating and sharing thoughtful pieces on what we're learning about our digital selves.
Seungkyun (SK) is a user experience + industrial designer on the Design team, who is particularly curious about where the digital and the physical meet. She received her BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design, where she fell in love with making things and studying people. She recently completed her MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design, and developed a passion for exploring the intersection of people, design and technology.
Seungkyun grew up in six different countries including Korea, Japan, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Jamaica, and the United States. She also briefly lived in South Africa prior to coming to New York for grad school. She enjoys learning about different cultures, and that is probably where her passion for studying people comes from.