Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also the Director of the new Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation. Rooted in an urban political ecology approach, his research examines the relationships between technological change, urban and regional development, and structures of economic opportunity.
Katia Obraczka is a Professor at UC Santa Cruz’s Jack Baskin School of Engineering. Her research and teaching interests include computer networks, distributed systems, Internet information systems, and operating systems. She is director of the Internetworking Research Group (iNRG). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Jennifer Parker is an artist and Professor of Art. She is the founding Director of UCSC OpenLab Research Center and serves as principle faculty for the Digital Arts & New Media (DANM) MFA program where she directed the Mechatronics collaborative research cohort from 2009-2015 developing research projects that combine art, design, science and technology. She has served as department chair for five years and is currently helping to spearhead the IDEA Hub, a new campus-wide initiative that facilitates hands-on learning for social and creative entrepreneurship through a network of incubation hubs, student fellowships, workshops, and community mentorships.
Matt Wagers is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz with a research focus on Psycholinguistics, language comprehension, memory and language processing — especially the processing of syntactic information and its representation in memory. He serves as the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Linguistics. His courses at UCSC are offered at both Graduate and Undergraduate levels on Psycholinguistics, Experimental Design, Language and Memory, Language and the Mind and (occasionally) Syntax. He completed an A.B. in Molecular Biology at Princeton University (2003), and a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Maryland (2008).
Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a Professor of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, a technical and cultural research group. His research areas include new models of storytelling in games, how games express ideas through play, and how games can help broaden understanding of the power of computation. He has authored or co-edited five books on games and digital media for the MIT Press, including The New Media Reader (2003), a book influential in the development of interdisciplinary digital media curricula. He holds both a PhD (2006) and an MFA (2003) from Brown University.