|| Jay Aronson is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Carnegie Mellon University. His research and teaching focus is on the interactions of science, technology, law, and human rights in a variety of contexts. He is currently engaged in a long-term study of the ethical, political, and social dimensions of post-conflict and post-disaster identification of the missing and disappeared. This work is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Jay is also part of a project that seeks to improve the quality of civilian casualty recording and estimation in times of conflict. He is the founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon. Jay’s previous research focused on the development and use of forensic DNA identification in the American criminal justice system. He received his Ph.D. in History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota and was both a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
|| Brett Browning is a faculty
member in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. He has
research experience in robot autonomy and control, vision-based
perception, multi-robot coordination, and mixed-initiative teams.
In particular, Dr. Browning has long contributed to RoboCup robot
soccer, an international initiative aimed at advancing robotics
research via a standard domain that involves researchers from all
over the world. His interest in TechBridgeWorld stems from his belief that human
society progresses and benefits from the creativity of individuals.
While creative people are born to all nationalities, in this digitally
connected age, the access and availability of technology has a profound
impact on realizing one's creative potential. Dr. Browning is attracted
to TechBridgeWorld as it offers a unique and potentially profound framework
to help overcome these barriers of entry.
David Kosbie is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. In that role, he has taught over two thousand students, mostly focusing on freshman-level programming courses, though more recently adding a new web apps course to the CMU curriculum. And in those courses, time and again he saw students striving to make an immediate, meaningful impact on the world. Motivated by this, along with TechBridgeWorld Founder and Director M. Bernardine Dias, he co-created 15-239 Software Development for Social Good. Outside of CMU, David spends his time with his lovely wife, two teenage boys, and faithful shoe-eating dog.
Tuan Anh Le is an undergraduate student at Carnegie Institute of Technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and looking to minor in Computer Science. He has an interest in algorithms, computer systems, embedded systems, computer architecture, and artificial intelligence. Outside of academic work, he enjoys traveling, exploration, building model rockets, and developing games for the Game Creation Society club. Tuan is volunteering his time to develop a game for TechBridgeWorld's TechCaFE project.
Silvia Pessoa is an Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Sociolinguistics at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Her research areas include literacy, academic writing development, and immigration studies. She has investigated the socio-cultural factors influencing literacy development in various settings and with various populations including immigrant adolescents in the U.S., college students in the U.S. and in Qatar, and migrant workers in Qatar. Her work with migrant populations also examines their living and working conditions in order to make recommendations to improve the status of migrants around the world. Dr. Pessoa has been involved with TechBridgeWorld for four years, offering guidance and support for students involved in literacy projects. Most recently Dr. Pessoa is actively involved in TechBridgeWorld's TechCaFe project developing tools for teaching and practicing English literacy. Dr. Pessoa is a firm believer in service and always finds ways to combine her teaching and research with experiences that can make a difference in the world.
||Allen Schoyer is currently attending Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA. His interests include math and science. Outside of school, he enjoys playing in the Mount Lebanon Percussion Ensemble and is an active member of Boy Scouts. He is very excited to be joining TechBridgeWorld's TechCaFe project this summer.
Aaron Steinfeld, is a volunteer as a faculty advisor for student projects, especially on Internal Review Board issues. He is a faculty member in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Quality of Life Technologies Engineering Research Center and the Co-Director of the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. Dr. Steinfeld advised the BlindAid student project and serves as a resource for experiments involving human subjects and human-robot interaction. His research activities center on design and evaluation of operator assistance technologies, especially in real-time scenarios. His projects include intelligent transportation systems, evaluation of human-in-the-loop machine learning software, mobile robotics, and assistance systems for people with disabilities. Dr. Steinfeld likes TechBridgeWorld due to the fact that student activities promote deep understanding of end-user needs and requirements. This teaches students how to apply technologies to make a real difference in society.
Lynn Urbina is a currently an undergraduate at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). She is pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree, and is looking to have a profession in Robotics. During her free time, she is part of the Society of Hispanic Engineers at Pitt and also draws digital art. Lynn is volunteering on TechBridgeWorld's Assistive Robots for Blind Travelers project.
TechBridgeWorld is grateful for the support of the following past volunteers who have been involved with courses, projects, student mentoring, events, and fundraising.
M. Freddie Dias
M. Beatrice Dias
Juan Pablo Gonzalez
Sorael Elias Nnko
Roberto Ponce Lopez
Martin Van Velsen
Sai Ram Yamanoor