Mike Eisenberg, Faculty, CU Computer Science, Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Lifelong Learning and Design. B.S. Chemistry, Columbia University. M.S./Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ann Eisenberg, Senior Research Scientist, CU Institute of Cognitive Science. Affiliate Faculty, CU ATLAS Institute. Adjunct faculty, CU Computer Science. B.S. Mathematics, University of Hawaii. M.S./Ph.D. Computer Science, CU Boulder.
Mike was the philosophical guiding force, the “big-picture” guy behind the Craft Tech Lab. Just a few of his many research interests included mathematics and science education, educational technology, end-user programming, and spatial cognition.
In addition to graduate and undergraduate courses in artificial intelligence, discrete mathematics, and cognitive science, Mike (along with his wife, Ann) taught a course called Things That Think where students integrated computational elements into moving toys and science exhibits. He also taught The Canon, a readings seminar in great works of computer science; and The Computational World, an introductory computer science course for non-cs majors. A complete list of courses can be found here.
Mike and Ann co-taught a series of different GEEN 1400 (Intro to Engineering Projects) sections with topics including building models of mechanisms from da Vinci’s sketchbooks (using current tools like laser cutters and 3D printers), mechanical moving toys, and computational costumes.
Ann and Mike were co-developers of HyperGami and JavaGami software environments for the creation of three-dimensional paper sculptures through the design of customized polyhedra.
While Mike was the “big picture” guy, Ann is his “details-oriented” professional collaborator (and his wife). Ann’s work continues more than two decades of play and collaboration in projects that explore the intersection of hands-on crafts with embedded computational elements and new fabrication techniques including 3D printing, laser cutting, and e-textiles.
Doctoral Student, ATLAS Institute
B.A. Computer Science, University of Colorado, Boulder
Chris is a PhD student in the ATLAS Institute. He was a McNair Scholar as an undergraduate; and in Fall 2019-Spring 2020, he was a National Science Foundation REU (Research Opportunities for Undergraduates) student on the Debugging by Design Project, as well as a Google CS Research Mentorship Program (CSRMP) participant. His current research focus is human augmentation, sensory extension, animal empathy, and children’s education.
Michael J. Schneider, Doctoral Student, Computer Science
M.S. Computer and Information Sciences, East Tennessee State University
B.S. Computer and Information Sciences, East Tennessee State University
Michael has been a lecturer at East Tennessee State University where he taught courses in Arduino, web design, discrete math, and assembly programming. He is advised by Tammy Sumner and divides his time between the Debugging by Design project, the Sumner Lab, and the CU Arts and Sciences Support of Education through Technology (ASSETT) program.
Mark D. Gross, director of the ATLAS Institute and professor of computer science, 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. He is the co-founder of Blank Slate Systems Incorporated and Modular Robotics Incorporated. He holds a PhD in Design Theory & Methods from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Collaborator, Debugging by Design
Collaborator, (PI) Paper Mechatronics
The Concord Consortium
B.S./M.S. Mechanical Engineering, U.C. Berkeley. Ph.D. Science Education, U.C. Berkeley
Sherry is Executive Vice President at The Concord Consortium, an R & D organization that improves STEM teaching and learning through technology. She leads the “Learning Everywhere” initiative which is creating extended learning opportunities across K12, museum, and online spaces. She was recently awarded a National Science Foundation InSPECT grant to study and improve high school biology using innovative dataflow software and maker-oriented learning technologies. In collaboration with Mike and Ann Eisenberg from the Craft Technology Lab in Boulder, she leads the Paper Mechatronics project that makes computationally-enhanced paper-based craft kits and Robot Petting Zoo makeathons for engineering education. With collaborators at UC Davis and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, Sherry designed the Augmented Reality Sandbox (AR Sandbox) exhibit which was showcased at the White House Water Summit and featured on Wired, the Huffington Post, and most recently on NPR.
Collaborator, Paper Mechatronics
Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design and the School of Interactive Computing
Ph.D. 2018, CU ATLAS (Co-Advised by Mike Eisenberg and Mark Gross).
BFA/Masters of Design, Ewha Womans’ University, S. Korea
Masters of Entertainment Technology, Carnegie Mellon University
The Craft Tech Canine Crew
Stella Eisenberg is the youngest member of the Craft Tech family. When not doing schoolwork or playing video games with Adam, she is an avid researcher in the field of Dognition (doggie cognition). She usually employs her finely honed knowledge of humans to steal food, get them to take her for pup-u-ccinos, and generally get her way whenever she wants.
Rhombi (short for Rhombicuboctahedron) Eisenberg was the Founding Terrier of the Craft Tech Group. Living to a ripe old age of almost 17, he spent his time keeping a close eye on Adam and all of the students. When not tending to various family and friends, he enjoyed stealing Nilla wafers, even if it meant occasionally getting the bag stuck over his head.
Leah Buechley, University of New Mexico
Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Fields, Utah State University
Ethan Frier, Master’s Student, CU ATLAS
Rona Sadan, ATLAS Institute and miLAb in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.
Joe Polman, CU School of Education
Christine Chang, CU Computer Science
Hilary Peddicord, NOAA
Katie Siek, Indiana University