Emily Sherwood, Director

Emily Sherwood
Emily Sherwood

Emily Sherwood is the Director of Digital Scholarship and Studio X. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship at Bucknell University. Emily has attended CLIR/Educause’s Leading Change Institute and is a former CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a MA in Shakespearean Studies from King’s College London. As principal investigator for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded New York Data Carpentries Library Consortium Planning Grant, Emily works with colleagues from Rochester, Syracuse, Colgate, and Cornell to extend data literacy in central and western New York.

Contact: esherwood [at] library.rochester.edu

Nefle Nesli Oruç, Public Programs Coordinator

Nefle Nesli Oruc
Nefle Nesli Oruc

Nefle Nesli Oruç is an undergraduate student majoring in Data Science and Digital Media Studies. She is a Karp Library Fellow for the River Campus Libraries and a member of Studio X team as the Public Programs Coordinator. She supports Studio X by designing outreach and branding materials, as well as teaching workshops and promoting community engagement events. Outside of Studio X, she works on projects on game development and 3D computer graphics and works as a Digital Media Specialist at the Rettner Media Lab.

Muhammed El-Sayed, XR Developer

Muhammed El-Sayed
Muhammed El-Sayed

Muhammed El-Sayed is an undergraduate from Egypt currently pursuing a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in History. After working with a team to develop a 2D historical game based on the settlement of Bermuda by the British, he has picked up developing in the Unity Engine in his free time, participating in GameJams and his own personal projects. He is the Immersive Technologies Developer through the Karp Library Fellowship program.

Ayiana Crabtree, XR Research Fellow

Ayiana Crabtree standing in front of shelves of books.

Ayiana Crabtree is the XR Research Fellow for Studio X through the Karp Library Fellowship program. She is a student at the University of Rochester (‘22) majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minoring in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She has previously worked as a Library Intern for the Robbins Library and the Career Exploration in Librarianship and Mentoring (CEILAM) Program at the University of Rochester. She is also the current president of the Anime Interest Floor. In her free time, she enjoys playing games on the Oculus Quest 2 and reading.