Dr. Sheena Erete
Sheena Erete is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media School of Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She co-directs the Technology for Social Good Research and Design Lab with Dr. Denise Nacu. Her research focuses on examining and designing socio-technical solutions that support collective action amongst residents in local communities to address various social issues such as crime, education, local governance, political efficacy, and economic development.
Dr. Erete received her Ph.D. in Technology and Social Behavior (a joint degree in Computer Science and Communication) from Northwestern University. She received her Masters of Science in Computer Science Georgia Institute of Technology and Bachelors of Science degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Spelman College.
Dr. Denise C. Nacu
Denise C. Nacu is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media School of Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. With Dr. Sheena Erete, she co-directs the Technology for Social Good Research and Design Lab. Her current research focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of sociotechnical systems for learning, particularly those intended to encourage youth participation in STEM activities. This work involves building frameworks, analytics, tools, data visualizations, and social practices.
Dr. Nacu received her Ph.D. in Education (Learning Technologies) from the University of Michigan. She also holds a B.S. in Art History (minor in Psychology) from Columbia University, an M.S. in Education (Educational Technology) from the University of Michigan.
Faculty and Research Affiliates
Dr. Nichole Pinkard
Nichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. She has led efforts to implement 1:1 computing in urban schools, integrate digital media into core instruction, and create digital media learning opportunities outside of the formal school day.
Cailtlin K. Martin is a Lead Researcher for Digital Youth Network. Since 2005, she has been studying DYN learning environments, looking at the impact and outcomes of participation in DYN opportunities for youth, adult educators, and local communities.
Dr. Jonathan Gemmell
Jonathan F. Gemmell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at DePaul University. He holds a BA in Classics, an MS in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science. His research focuses on the social web, data analysis and artificial intelligence. He is a faculty member at the Web Intelligence Laboratory.
Dr. Daniela Raicu
Daniela Stan Raicu is a Professor of School of Computing, College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, Chicago. She is the co-director of the Medical Informatics and the Intelligent Multimedia Processing Laboratories and is the founding Director of the Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Center at DePaul University.
Graduate Research Assistants
Aneta Baran is a senior undergraduate student at DePaul University working towards a degree in Interactive and Social Media (with a concentration in design) and a minor in Graphic Design. She enjoys studying technology as it relates to learning and education, and hopes to learn more about the relationship between the two.
Jessa Dickinson is a Ph.D. candidate in the human-centered design program at DePaul University. She holds an M.S. in human-computer interaction. She has worked in the UX field since 2015 and has filled the roles of researcher, information architect, and interaction designer. At Digital Youth Network she conducts qualitative research on the factors that affect the accessibility of informal STEM programs for youth (particularly girls) in low-income communities. Her PhD research explores if and how low-income communities are engaged in governance of technology and data in their neighborhoods and what role technology and data can play in developing equitable and environmentally sustainable urban communities
Evelyn Flores is a graduate student at DePaul University majoring in Human-Computer Interaction. She has a B.S. in User Experience Design with minors in Graphic Design and Information Technology. Her focus of research is in exploring design and data approaches to brokering in informal learning environments in STEM with youth (in particular middle school girls).
Bo Ju is a Ph.D. student in the Human Centered Design program at DePaul University. Her major research focus is on how technology can be designed and used to better serve diverse learners in physical or virtual learning environment. Now, she is working with Dr. Nacu supporting middle school girls’ STEM learning at Digital Youth Network.
Pooja Upadhyay is a graduate student at DePaul University studying Human Computer Interaction. She is interested in qualitative human centered research to understand patterns in human behaviour and their mental models to provide design insights.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
I am a User Experience Design student located in Chicago, IL looking for full-time employment. I am passionate about technology, art, and design, and I am fascinated by how these things merge to sculpt a digital experience. With a firm belief that the user is never wrong, I design empathetic digital designs and products. As an advocate for the user, I firmly stand by the importance of ethics when designing systems with a human-centered, psychological approach.
Olivia Ravenscroft is a junior at DePaul University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Graphic Design. I am fascinated by people and am interested in researching and gaining insights into how their perceptions, experiences, and actions can be changed for the better through experience design.
Maddie Shiparski is a senior at DePaul University studying User Experience Design and Graphic Design. She has worked with the TSG Lab since January 2017, which has confirmed her interest in using design and technology for social impact, specifically by supporting and equipping non-profit organizations. Maddie plans to continue her education at DePaul after graduating in June 2019 by entering the Experience Design graduate degree program.
Evan Skorepa is an undergraduate student at Depaul University studing User Experience design.