Project Members

Chris Dede

Chris Dede is the Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University. His work centers on emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. His research focuses on immersive simulations, scaling up, and online professional development. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. He is currently a Visiting Expert at NSF.

Tina Grotzer

Tina Grotzer is a Faculty Member and Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a senior researcher at Project Zero. She directs the Causal Learning in a Complex World Lab. Her research focuses on how causal reasoning interacts with complexity and on developing supports for complex causal learning and public understanding of science. Tina received a Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2009 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2011. She is the author of Learning Causality in a Complex World (Rowman Littlefield, 2012) and lead author of the Causal Patterns in Science series.

Shari Metcalf

Shari Metcalf is the Project Director of the EcoMOBILE and EcoXPT projects at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was previously the Project Director of EcoMUVE. Her research focuses on educational technology projects in STEM education, including research on computer-based data collection and analysis tools for middle school science students. Her PhD research involved the design and development of Model-It, a software tool for students building models of dynamic systems. Her professional interest centers on the design of modeling, simulation, and immersive environments to support inquiry-based STEM learning.

Amy Kamarainen

Amy Kamarainen is a senior research manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she manages research related to both the EcoMOBILE and EcoXPT projects. Amy is an ecosystem scientist who holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her Ph.D. work focused on studying the movement and fate of pollutants in aquatic ecosystems using environmental sensors, historical data, and models. She applies her understanding of ecosystems science and research to the design and evaluation of technologies that aim to support science learning inside and outside of the classroom. The Ecological Society of America named Amy an Ecology Education Scholar in 2011.

Shane Tutwiler

Shane Tutwiler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the EcoXPT project. His research interests are centered on measuring and impacting student learning in virtual and augmented environments. Shane has taught high school mathematics and science in the United States and Taiwan, and was a radiation health physicist and nuclear water chemist in the United States Navy. He holds a B.S. from Temple University and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joseph Reilly

Joseph Reilly is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he is a research assistant on the EcoMOBILE and EcoMOD projects. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgetown University and a M.A. in Special Education from American University. Joe taught middle school science in Washington D.C. and high school chemistry in Virginia prior to beginning his doctoral work. His research interests include immersive virtual environments for learning, stealth assessment of student understanding, automatic generation of dynamic scaffolding, and leveraging data science techniques in educational research.