Over the course of almost 20 years, Dr. Allison Druin served as a Professor, Lab Director, Associate Dean, and Chief Futurist at the University of Maryland, leading design teams of children and adults to develop new technologies. Her research focus was on design thinking methods for use in designing new computational learning experiences for children. These design thinking methods have been used by researchers from around the world in industry (Google, Nickelodeon, Pearson International), government organizations (the U.S. National Park Service, the Office of Science, Technology and Policy in the White House, U.S. Library of Congress), and universities (University of Washington, MIT, Carnegie Mellon). She has received numerous awards for her research: the 2016 CHI Academy, the 2014 ACM Distinguished Scientist Award, and the 2010 SIGCHI Social Impact Award. She has served as Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy for the National Park Service where she led service-wide strategic planning and implementation of digital development, use, and preservation at National Parks across the country.
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, College of Education
M.S., MIT, Media Lab
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Graphic Design