Principal and Co-Principal Investigators
The Group-based Cloud Computing project is a collaboration between cooperating researchers from four separate institutions: The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University.
Walter Stroup is the developer of generative design as an approach to support group-based, socially mediated, STEM focused classroom learning for grades three through university and of highly interactive network technologies to support group-situated learning and teaching including both the HubNet (Wilensky & Stroup) and the Cloud-in-a-Bottle architectures (Remmler & Stroup, 2012). He serves as Co-Director of the Generative Design Center and much of his research is focused on having young learners understand advanced topics, and systems-based approaches, in STEM domains. Funding for his research has come from the National Endowment for the Humanities (philosophy), the National Science Foundations (including a CAREER Award), Ministries of Education in Mexico, as well as from various private foundations and corporations. He is a Co-Founder of the UTeach STEM Education and Classroom Interactions courses. He will serve as Principal investigator of the GbCC Project.
Uri Wilensky is a professor of Learning Sciences, Computer Science, and Complex Systems at Northwestern University. He is the founder and current director of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling (CCL) and a co-founder of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO). He is the author of the NetLogo agent-based modeling environment (Wilensky, 1999) and co-author of the HubNet architecture (Wilensky & Stroup, 1999) for supporting network-mediated participatory simulations, which have hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, including scientists from a wide range of disciplines and students from middle school through graduate school. His research interests include the design of learning technologies and agent-based modeling environments, connections between computational thinking, computational literacy, STEM education and Social Science education. He serves as Co-Principal Investigator and leads the research and development team from Northwestern University.
Anthony Petrosino is a Learning Scientist and an Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics Education and the Elizabeth G. Gibb Endowed Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a seven-year member of the NSF funded VaNTH ERC, a Principal Investigator of a Department of Education funded PT3 grant and has recieved ver 15 million dollars in grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education and the McDonnel Foundation for Cognitive Studies. His research interests include students understanding of experimentation, engineering education and the development of expertise. He is Co-Founder of the nationally recognized UTeach Program and has developed, and continues to teach, the UTeach Project-Based Instruction and Knowing and Learning in STEM Education courses. Dr. Petrosino will serve as Co-Principal Investigator of the GbCC Project.
Corey Brady is a Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University. For the past 15 years he has been engaged in group-centered technology design and while at Texas Instruments led the development team for the TI-Navigator classroom network. He has extensive experience in working in Latin America to support teachers in implementing generative activities and socially mediated pedagogies with both the TI-Navigator and HubNet network architectures. He will serve as Co-Principal Investigator at Vanderbilt University.