Haochen Zeng is a senior (’22) majoring in CS Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Business Analytics. He is the director for DandyHacks 2021, the annual hackathon event at UR, as well as the Event Chair for Outing Club. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, gaming, reading maps, and working with Unreal Engine. He’s currently working on improving his skills in GeoGuessr.
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.
Hi, my name is Fin Tran and I’m a freshman 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 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
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.
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.
My name is Liam O’Leary, and I am part of class 2023, majoring in Digital Media Studies. I am passionate about XR technologies and the future of virtual design. In my spare time, I develop VR games in Unity and I love to draw.
Waleed is a Junior (’23) majoring 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.
Meaghan Moody is the Immersive Technologies Librarian for Studio X as well as the Digital Scholarship Lab. Before joining UR, she was the Teaching & Learning Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. She holds an MLIS from Rutgers School of Communication and Information and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Kansas.
Contact: mmoody [at] library.rochester.edu
Koshala is a student at the University of Rochester (23′), majoring in Digital Media Studies. Previously, she was a biomedical engineering major for two years, was involved with research at the Haptics Lab, and was a member of Society of Women Engineers. She was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in New York. In her free time, she enjoys reading, eating ramen, and hanging out with her friends.