Andrea Forte

Social Computing Group Director
Associate Professor, Computing and Informatics

andreaforte.net

Andrea is Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University and Director of the PhD Program in Information Studies.  Her research spans the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), social computing, and computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). 

STUDENTS

Meen Chul Kim

Meen Chul is a data scientist whose research focuses on learning analytics, visualization, and knowledge engineering. His dissertation goal is to apply quantitative and visualization techniques to understand learning trajectories in informal constructionist learning environments. 

Nora McDonald

PhD Candidate

Nora is a PhD student in the College of Computing and Informatics. Her research aims to understand how communities and organizations adapt to new technologies. 

Houda El mimouni

PhD Candidate

Houda's research interests lie in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Mediated Communication. She is keen on understanding how humans use technology to communicate and how culture and gender influences such use. She also studies how well designs align with social values and how to make the process of design a value-sensitive one.. 

ALUMNI & FORMER STUDENTS

Nazanin Andalibi

Post Doc, University of Michigan School of Information

www.nazaninandalibi.net

Naz studies computer-mediated self-disclosure practices in contexts that are socially stigmatized, negatively perceived, or difficult for other reasons. Her dissertation work aims to expand our theoretical understanding of human behavior and improve the design of social computing systems to better support sensitive disclosures and social support for people who use them. She holds a B.Sc. in theoretical computer science, and a M.Sc. in enterprise systems.

Heather Willever-Farr

PhD, Information Studies, 2017

http://heatherwilleverfarr.com

Heather was manager of digital services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania while a doctoral student at Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics. Her dissertation research focused on how peer production communities collaboratively build online archives. Her research provides a foundation for the design of systems that support archives users as consumers and producers of historical materials.

Thomas Park

Web Developer and Designer

http://thomaspark.co

Tom develops and researches innovative, user-friendly web technologies to support collaboration, learning, and playful online interaction. He received his PhD in 2014 from Drexel College of Computing and Informatics, a masters in educational technology from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Duke. 

Rachel Magee

Assistant Professor, GSLIS

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

http://www.rachelmagee.com

Rachel is a youth advocate and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She examines the ways young people interact with technology and what those practices mean for their engagement with information. Rachel holds a PhD from Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics where she was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship. 

Gabby Frost

Music Industry Major, Westphal College of Media Art and Design

http://www.buddy-project.org

When she was 15, Gabby founded The Buddy Project, an online project designed to help teens find support and combat suicide, self harm, and depression. Gabby worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Drexel Social Computing Research Group studying online social support.

Minh Le

BS in Computer Science

Minh worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Drexel Social Computing Research Group studying online social support.

Widchard Faustin

BS in Computer Science

Widchard worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Drexel Social Computing Research Group studying news sites and perceptions of credibility.

Summit Singh Thakur

BS in Computer Science

Summit worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Drexel Social Computing Research Group studying audio interfaces and human health and wellness.

Sukrit Chhabra

BS in Computer Science, 2016

Sukrit is passionate about Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI); he worked in the social computing research group as a full-time undergraduate research co-op. He worked with the openHTML project team on the design and development of Snowball, a Wordpress plugin to support beginners in learning basic computation through web building.  

Brian Lee

BS in Computer Science, 2016

Brian enjoys web application development, especially playing with javascript libraries and learning new programming technologies and also likes to study the mathematical side of Computer Science. He worked in the social computing research group as a full-time undergraduate research co-op. He worked with the openHTML project team on the design and development of Snowball, a Wordpress plugin to support beginners in learning basic computation through web building.  

Ankur Saxena

Software Engineer

While studying at Drexel University, Ankur worked in the social computing research group as a full-time undergraduate research co-op. He developed interface features and a data replayer for the openHTML system that was used with beginner web deverlopers in classrooms and workshops. 

Swathi Jagannath

PhD Student (advisor: Aleksandra Sarcevic)  

While obtaining a masters degree at Drexel, Swathi worked with the social computing group as a part-time research assistant on the openHTML project and assisted with analysis of video data. Swathi recieved her MSIS in 2013, has worked professionally as a systems analyst at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, and recently returned to Drexel College of Computing and Informatics as a PhD student with a research focus on HCI and healthcare informatics, advised by Dr. Aleksandra Sarcevic. 

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