Haochen (Hao) Zeng, XR Specialist

Haochen, Studio X XR Specialist.
Haochen, Studio X XR Specialist.

Haochen Zeng (’23) is an XR Specialist for Studio X. He is a current e5 student majoring in business analytics and computer science. He is a research assistant at the HCI lab, and the vice-president of the Outing Club. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, gaming, reading maps, and developing mobile apps and games. He’s current working on improving his skills in GeoGuessr.

Noah Viso, XR Specialist

Noah Viso is a student at the University of Rochester majoring in Computer Science and graduating class of 2023. Currently, he is involved in a research team at the University focused on spatial-temporal data analysis. Being a former Finance major, Noah is interested in economics, financial technology, and quantitative finance. He is also passionate about XR development and has several personal projects focused on this. Noah is from California and enjoys playing piano and banjo.

Fin Tran, XR Specialist

XR Specialist Fin Tran standing in the quad.
XR Specialist Fin Tran standing in the quad.

Hi, my name is Fin Tran and I’m a sophomore with intended double majors in Digital Media Studies, Business and a possible minor in Studio Art. I’m really passionate about visual storytelling through graphic design, digital photography, and filmmaking. Lately, I have urged myself to transition to 3D design platform and industrial design thanks to a semester at the University and got really interested in the Metaverse. I have always viewed extended reality and games as a new medium for me to try telling stories that affect the surrounding community in a more meaningful way. Off work, people will see me dancing (urban and k-pop), drawing, photo shooting, screenwriting, and filming.

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

Liudmila (Mila) Paymukhina, XR Specialist

Mila, a Studio X XR Specialist.
Mila, a Studio X XR Specialist.

Hey everyone! My name is Mila, and I’m an XR Specialist at Studio X. I’m a sophomore at UR majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Psychology. I’m also an international student from Russia, and prior to coming to study in the U.S., I lived in Armenia for two years studying in UWC Dilijan. On campus, I’m a part of the HCI Lab, Girls Who Code, and Sailing team. 

Dustin Paden, XR Specialist

headset photo of XR Specialist, Dustin Paden.
headset photo of XR Specialist, Dustin Paden.

Dustin (’24) is an XR Specialist for Studio X. He majors in Digital Media Studies, Psychology, and Studio Arts. On campus, he is President of the Rochester Design club, Marketing Specialist of the Digital Media Advisory Council, and Communications & Graphics Assistant for Wilson Commons Student Activities. He’s passionate about digital arts, playing cello, house plants, and rock climbing.

Nefle Nesli Oruç, XR Specialist

Nefle Nesli Oruc
Nefle Nesli Oruc

Nefle Nesli Oruç is a Karp Library Fellow alum and XR Specialist for Studio X. She is a current Take 5 undergraduate student researching European Art & Literature. She supports Studio X by teaching workshops and promoting community engagement events. Outside of Studio X, she works as a developer on an AR project funded by Verizon and as a Digital Media Specialist at the Rettner Media Lab.

Liam O’Leary, XR Developer

Liam O'Leary, Studio X XR Specialist.
Liam O'Leary, Studio X XR Specialist.

Liam O’Leary (’23) is a Karp Library Fellow for Studio X. He majors in Digital Media Studies and is passionate about XR technologies and the future of virtual design. In his spare time, he develops VR games in Unity and loves to draw.

Waleed Nadeem, Brand Ambassador

Waleed Nadeem, Studio X, XR Specialist.
Waleed Nadeem, Studio X, XR Specialist.

Waleed is a Junior (’23) is a Karp Library Fellow for Studio X. He majors in Business Information Systems and Digital Media Studies. He is the President of the Digital Media Studies Advisory Board (MEDIA) and the Technical Lead for the Google Developer Students Club. He is really passionate about digital literacy and access to emerging technologies for everyone. In his free time, he likes to play video games, learn about new technologies, watch FC Barcelona matches, and explore Rochester. He is currently waiting for the release of Age of Empires 4.