Matthew Gray is a Director, Sound Designer, Actor and Educator. Matt has taught and directed at 3 of the top 5 : #5 (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), #4 (Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama) and #3 (NYU Tisch). He has performed his work in Canada, UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, China, and the USA. He has also collaborated on projects and research with experts in Robotics, Digital Art, Game Design and Computer Science.
Richard Pell is the founder of the Center for PostNatural History, an outreach organization dedicated to the collection and exposition of life-forms that have been intentionally altered through selective breeding or genetic engineering. The Center for PostNatural History operates a permanent exhibition facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and produces traveling exhibitions that have appeared in science and art museum throughout Europe and the United States.
Nina’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble in 2011, a community space for arts + technology where she serves as President of the Board of Directors. Nina also co-founded the I Made It! Market in 2007 – an idea based on urban acupuncture, the “nomadic market” partners with community, arts, and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness. The activities assist in both improving host communities while also allowing local artists and crafters an opportunity to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture at CMU.
For over three decades Ms. Werner has worked in museum settings. Nearly half of that time has been spent as the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, a nationally-recognized children’s museum that has received numerous design awards, the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and named to Parents Magazine’s “Top Ten Children’s Museum” list. Under Jane’s leadership, the museum has expanded significantly and now enjoys 267,000 patrons annually. Highlighted achievements during her tenure also include the revitalization and reopening of the New Hazlett Theater and Buhl Community Park on the Northside.
Dan Boyarski is professor and former head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been for thirty-two years. His interests lie in visualizing complex information, interface and interaction design, and how word, image, sound, and movement may be combined for effective communication. In the spring of 1999, the Design Management Institute awarded Dan the Muriel Cooper Prize for “outstanding achievement in advancing design, technology, and communications in the digital environment.”
Meredith Grelli is co-owner and co-founder of Wigle Whiskey, the first distillery in the city of Pittsburgh since Prohibition. When she’s not at Wigle, Meredith teaches New Product Development in Chatham University’s Food Studies Program. Before Wigle, she worked in brand management at the Heinz Company, went to business school at Carnegie Mellon, cooking school at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, worked in urban redevelopment efforts, and studied urban history at the University of Chicago.
Lorrie Faith Cranor
Lorrie Faith Cranor’s research is focused on designing secure and private systems that people can use. Lorrie is a co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. and serves on the Electronic Frontier Foundation Board of Directors. Her recent projects have explored privacy “nutrition labels,” Facebook regrets, and the password guessability of an entire university. Last year she spent her sabbatical designing and creating quilts.
Varun Arora is the founder and CEO of OpenCurriculum, a California-based technology nonprofit aimed at bringing openness and innovation to K-12 education around the world. A fanatic about open education, Varun received a Bachelors and Masters in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon, with a strong focus on technologies for international development. Varun was named a ITU Young Innovator by the United Nations for OpenCurriculum’s work in improving access to better K-12 educational content.