2021-2022 New Faculty

CAMD is a vibrant and creative community. Creativity and innovation drive everything we do at the College of Arts, Media and Design. To meet our students’ ever-changing perspectives and experiences, we are constantly growing and evolving our cultural and creative education. This year, we are proud to welcome a cohort of extraordinary new faculty who will continue to challenge and grow our college’s reputation of excellence in research and teaching. This diverse group of educators represents a wide range of talent and deep, up-to-the-minute expertise. As committed instructors, perceptive mentors, engaged professionals, active researchers, and passionate creators, these new faculty members will guide and inspire students, while collaborating broadly across and beyond the college on their research and critical creative practice. Join us in welcoming CAMD’s next generation of faculty to the Northeastern community.

Bolor Amgalan
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Art + Design

Bolor Amgalan is an interaction design researcher, educator, and design strategist leveraging virtual reality, craft, and blockchain technology to design culturally sensitive transition design interventions with implications on the future of work and human-machine collaboration.

She started out as a zero-waste fashion designer and later developed her practice further at Central Saint Martins using critical design narratives, and yet further at Parsons School of Design using computation. Bolor’s research spans programmable matter, soft robotics, material simulation, creativity support tools, and new interaction modalities for VR.

Before coming to Northeastern University, she taught at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute, and is an assistive wearables designer at Imago Rehab. Bolor’s work has been internationally exhibited in museums and shows including the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Sydney), Dutch Design Week, the Museum of Science (Boston),Milan Design Week, and Dutch Design Week.


Alpha Yacob Arsano
Assistant Professor — Starting January 2022
School of Architecture

Alpha Yacob Arsano will be joining Northeastern as an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture in January 2022. Her research focuses on passive and hybrid building strategies for various climatic context’s.

In particular, her work presents the development and application of an early-stage design analysis method called climabox as a toolset to evaluate the potential for low-carbon building strategies in any location for which climate data is available. The methodology has been implemented in a web-app called ClimaPlus that has been successfully tested with more than 33,000 learners in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), launched in collaboration with MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), to teach sustainable building design as part of the Future of Energy Systems MicroMasters program.

Arsano is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture and Building Technology at MIT. Earlier, she was an academic fellow at Transsolar Energietechnik, a climate engineering consultancy in Stuttgart, Germany.


Enrico Bertini
Assistant Professor — Starting January 2022
Department of Art + Design / Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Enrico Bertini works on data visualization interfaces as a way to help people make sense of the world through data.

In recent years, his work has focused on the use of visual interfaces to explore, validate, and understand machine learning models and systems. His research also aims to advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of how people extract information and meaning from visual representations.

Bertini is the co-host of the popular Data Stories podcast, examining “the role data play in our lives.” In 2012, he joined the NYU School of Engineering as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Associate Professor in 2018.

He will join Northeastern in January 2022 with an appointment between the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and the College of Arts, Media and Design.


Allison Betsold
Artist in Residence: Pep Band and Concert Band
Department of Music

Allison Betsold joins the Northeastern University Music Department as Artist in Residence, Assistant Director of Bands.As the director of the NU Pep Band (NUPB) and NU Concert Band, Allison works with over 250 students across multiple disciplines and majors. The NUPB can be heard playing at all home volleyball, women’s and men’s ice hockey, and women’s and men’s basketball games.

A Massachusetts native, Allison holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Master of Music from the University of Kansas, and was studying for her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Illinois before making her return to NU.

Allison specializes in wind band conducting and literature, and creating an inclusive and accessible environment for all who wish to experience music together.


Leanne Chukoskie
Associate Professor
Department of Art + Design / Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation

Dr. Leanne Chukoskie and her team develop sensor-enabled experiences for assessment, intervention, and education, especially for individuals with developmental differences. She enjoys collaborating broadly with clinicians, engineers, designers, and educators to expand the interdisciplinary reach of her work.

Her research on gaze-driven video games for intervention and assessment has been funded by the NIH for children on the autism spectrum and older adults experiencing cognitive decline. She also pursues basic and translational NSF-funded research on the future of work, developing supportive internship programming, as well as AR, VR, and game-based tools to help neurodiverse individuals practice soft skills needed to be successful in a workplace environment.


Meredith Clark
Associate Professor
School of Journalism / Department of Communication Studies, Founding Director of the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change


Meredith Clark joins the College of Arts, Media and Design as Associate Professor and Founding Director of the new Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, media, and power in digital, social, and news media, and is informed by the years she spent working in newsrooms as an editor, editorial writer and columnist.

Her manuscript We Tried to Tell Y’all: Black Twitter & Black Digital Resistance is under contract with Oxford University Press. Clark’s academic research has been published in Communication & the Public, Communication, Culture & Critique, Social Movement Studies, Electronic News, and the Journal of Social Media in Society. She is academic lead for Documenting the Now II, a project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that helps community-based activists create and maintain digital archives of their work.

Prior to joining CAMD, Clark was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and a 2020-2021 faculty fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute.


Sebastian Ebarb
Associate Teaching Professor — Starting January 2022
Department of Art + Design

Sebastian Ellington Flying Eagle Ebarb is a designer based in Boston. As a member of the Choctaw-Apache tribe of Ebarb, he has spent his years working to revive, hold and revere his native heritage. As a digital and print designer, he has spent his career working to push past conventional thinking.

Ebarb is the former Design Director for the City of Boston and co-owner of the design studio Nahi (meaning “we” in Apache). Sebastian’s work is centered on empowering and lifting up those around him. A subscriber to futuristic ideals, Sebastian works with clientele no matter their budget. He truly believes that everyone who wants design in their life should have it.

In creating designs that help people, Sebastian’s work has won numerous awards, including ten Excellence in Graphic Design awards from GDUSA, two Award of Design Excellence from Communication Arts, and eight other notable design awards over the last decade.


Steven Geofrey
Designer in Residence
Center for Design / Department of Art + Design

Steven Geofrey is a research-practitioner in data, design, and computation whose work is heavily informed by his interdisciplinary background in the natural sciences (biophysics) and humanities (Japanese studies). Through his practice, Steven explores themes of representation and narrative, seeking to respond to one question in particular: What does it mean to interrogate visualization as a medium for deconstructing privileged, canonical, and dominant perspectives? To examine this concept, Steven’s work focuses primarily on the study of texts, where a “text” is anything that is situated, composed, and interpreted in systems of meaning-making.

Steven received an Master of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and Asian studies from St. Olaf College (2011).


Nabeel Gillani
Assistant Professor — Starting Fall 2022
Department of Art + Design / D’Amore McKim School of Business

Nabeel Gillani joins CAMD as Assistant Professor of Design and Data Analysis in the Department of Art + Design, jointly appointed with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

His research interests center on analyzing and (re)designing digital communications platforms to reduce educational and social inequalities—especially for youth. More specifically, he uses methods from machine learning, data science, and design in an effort to foster more equitable connections across segregated spaces, including: 1) echo chambers and empathy gaps on social media platforms, and 2) educational inequalities stemming from segregated schools and neighborhoods.

Gillani received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a Product Manager and member of the analytics team at Khan Academy, where he helped design digital learning experiences. He studied Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Brown University as an undergraduate, and received master’s degrees in Education and Machine Learning at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.


Elizabeth Glowacki
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Communication Studies / Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Elizabeth M. Glowacki is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Health Sciences (Bouvé College of Health Sciences) and the Department of Communication Studies (College of Arts, Media and Design) at Northeastern University. Her research interests lie in health communication, message design, persuasion, and mobile health. Her work has appeared in Substance Abuse, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and American Journal of Infection Control.

Dr. Glowacki received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communication.

She is a member of Health Communication’s editorial board and has taught courses on health promotion, interpersonal communication, interviewing, public speaking, media writing, and intercultural communication. She is also affiliated with the Department of Public Health at Simmons University where she teaches Strategic Communication for Health Equity.


Chana Haouzi
Associate Teaching Professor of Design for Environmental
Justice and Public Good in the Built Environment
Department of Communication Studies / Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Sciences

Chana Haouzi is Associate Professor of Design for Environmental Justice and Public Good in the Built Environment at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture. Chana’s teaching focus is to promote socially engaged and inclusive design practices rooted in community and context.

She is also an Architect and Rose Fellow for the City of Boston where she leads design initiatives to address the city’s affordable housing challenges and the Mayor’s 2030 Housing Plan. Her projects include piloting the ADU 2.0 program, introducing modular project delivery methods, streamlining the permitting process, and supporting the department’s design review. Chana previously worked at Peter Rose + Partners where she led projects from design through to construction. She is the founder of Architecture for Public Benefit, a design practice dedicated to solving the unique challenges of mission-driven organizations and nonprofits.

Prior to joining Northeastern in 2014, Chana led a design studio at Harvard University’s Career Discovery program. She has served as a design critic in schools across the northeast and is an active member of the Boston Society for Architecture, where she is co-chair of the Women in Design’s Professional Development Committee. Chana is a licensed architect and holds a Master of Architecture II from Harvard University, and a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University.


Sofie Hodara
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Art + Design

Sofie Hodara is a Boston-based multimedia artist and educator. Often working collaboratively, she explores the intersection between traditional and emerging media in order to create beautiful, non-utilitarian experiences with technology. The results range in form from paper weavings to letterpress prints, interactive installations, and mixed reality.

Hodara has exhibited her work across the country including Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, UC San Diego’s Calit2 Theater, and the Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Fresh Paint Magazine, Made in Mind Magazine, and the Journal of the New Media Caucus. She has presented on augmented reality at conferences internationally, including the AR in Action Leadership Summit at the MIT Media Lab and the IXDA Education Summit in Milan, Italy.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and workshops in design, printmaking, typography, augmented and virtual reality, and creative activism at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, SMFA at Tufts University, Emmanuel College, University of Massachusetts Boston, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is currently Assistant Teaching Faculty at Northeastern University.


Marcus Howard
Associate Teaching Professor
School of Journalism

Marcus Howard is an award-winning journalist who has written for Reuters, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Savannah Morning News, among other media outlets. His scholarly interests focus on examining the role of media in democratization with an emphasis on race, culture, and social movements.

Marcus is also pursuing a doctorate at the University of Georgia, with a focus on political and international communication. During his studies, he worked as a graduate assistant with the university’s University of Oxford study abroad program in the United Kingdom.

His media literacy book, How Journalists and the Public Shape our Democracy: From Social Media and ‘Fake News’ to Reporting Just the Facts, was published in 2019 by the Georgia Humanities Council in association with the Atlanta Press Club.


Chris Martens
Associate Professor — Starting Fall 2022
Department of Art + Design / Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Chris Martens joins CAMD as Associate Professor of Games in the Department of Art + Design, jointly appointed with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences.

Chris directs the Principles of Expressive Machines (POEM) Laboratory in research on digital games and interactive narrative. Their research advances tools for building expressive and playful interactive experiences, building on insights from programming language design, procedural content generation, AI for narrative and social agents, and cognitive computing.

Their work has been supported by the NSF, the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and has been recognized with a Best Paper award at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling and an NSF CAREER Award.


José Menéndez
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Art + Design

José is an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University in Boston, and has been a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a partner at Counterform, a Community Design and Print Studio in Providence, RI.

José Menéndez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a graphic designer and educator, with a background in marine science communication and landscape architecture. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University in 2004 and practiced as a landscape architect in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Juan for a decade. José completed his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017. After graduating from RISD, he earned a master’s degree in Marine Affairs with a specialization in science communication from the University of Rhode Island.

José’s research is intertwined with his practice and teaching. He is currently pursuing research in the following areas of study: Latin American Graphic Design with an emphasis on Caribbean Graphic Culture, Community Design Initiatives, and Ecological Narratives in the Landscape.


Sylke Rene Meyer
Professor
Department of Theatre / Department of Art + Design

Sylke Meyer is a Professor of Creative Practice Research in the Department of Theatre, jointly appointed in the Department of Art + Design. Meyer is a writer, director, media artist, performer and educator. Her research centers on spatial story design, narrative theory and the human body at border zones: imaginary and real, analog and digital, or in simulation and imitation. She is co-founder of the performance group Studio206 in Berlin and the performance collective “Family Room” in Los Angeles, and she has published several papers on narratology and the politics of narrative, as well as a book on Interactive Storytelling.

Before joining CAMD, Meyer held positions at the University of Technology, Arts and Sciences, Cologne, Germany, and at California State University in Los Angeles, where she founded and directed the Institute for Interactive Arts, Research and Technology (InArt). Previously, she studied theatre, philosophy and law at the Free University of Berlin, screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg Film and Television University, and screenwriting at the University of Television and Film Munich. She has worked as a film editor, production designer, writer and director in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

Her practice is informed by and engages with film and media history, theory and criticism, and encompasses feature and documentary filmmaking, as well as writing and collaborative experimentation across film, theatre, new media, and digital platforms. Her work has garnered numerous accolades such as an Emmy Award and Best Film Awards at major festivals in Seattle, Chicago, and Montreal.


Cara Michell
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture / College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Cara Michell is currently a Senior Urban Planner and Associate at WXY Studio, where she leads urban design, waterfront revitalization, and community engagement projects. In addition to her work with WXY, Michell is a Forefront Fellow with the Urban Design Forum, where she is developing a proposal for more equitably integrating workers of color into New York City’s plans for energy-efficient building retrofits.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Art and Archeology (Studio Art track) from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University. Michell produces visual artwork and writing that highlights the structural inequalities and institutionalized racism perpetuated by the urban design field. She is a co-founder of Harvard’s biennial Black in Design Conference. Her book in progress, “The Anti-Racism Strategy Handbook,” is currently under consideration for publication.

Michell will forge new links between the Centers for Art and for Design, Architecture, and Art + Design across CAMD; she will also build connections with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities through a 25% appointment in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.


Killion Mokwete
Associate Teaching Professor of Equitable Community Development and Engagement in Architectural Design
School of Architecture

H. Killion Mokwete is a UK-trained and registered Architect (RIBA-chartered Architect) and Co-Founder of the nonprofit community-based design firm Adaptiv. Prior to co-founding Adaptiv, Killion worked at Build Health International (BHI) as well as Shepley Bulfinch in Boston where he was part of the University of Global Equity (UGHE) Rwanda campus design team alongside MASS Design.

Killion’s international experience in architecture and urban design spans from London where he worked on urban development projects in New Barnet while at international firm Building Design Partnership (BDP) to Botswana where he led urban design projects in Kumasi, Ghana, and most recently Haiti, where he leads community participatory-focused projects with Adaptiv.

Killion has been an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern University since 2015, teaching various studios including a graduate studio that participated in community engagement workshops and activities in Arcahaie, Haiti in Spring 2020. Killion has also taught at Boston Architectural College (BAC) since 2016 where he is part of the Community Practice and Gateway studios focused on community outreach through design and co-creation with community partners in the Boston area. Killion has also led place-based studios at MassArt where he worked with local stakeholder partners in Lynn, MA to explore design interventions through community/stakeholder engagement.

Killion is especially interested in how participatory design processes can be a catalyst for local community development and how this can foster local ownership, build local capacity, and contribute towards long-term social impact. In July 2019, Killion presented a conference paper at the Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF 19) in Trinidad & Tobago titled, ‘Local Community Participatory Planning Methodologies as a Catalyst Towards Long-term Urban Resilience in Haiti.’


Lee Moreau
Professor of the Practice — Starting January 2022
Department of Art + Design

Lee Moreau is a service and experience designer, the founder of Other Tomorrows – a design and strategy consultancy – and a Visiting Lecturer at MIT. Moreau combines rigorous design research with a broad industry experience with the world’s most premier companies and institutions. Service and experience design is a young field, and Moreau has helped shaping it from its beginnings.

As an architect turned strategist, Moreau melds a unique capacity for complex systems thinking with a deeply empathic perspective, which he uses to critically engage and reimagine the contemporary world. Through creative consulting engagements, he helps his clients lead efforts to understand their customers’ needs and values, create new offerings and experiences, and foster cultural change within their organizations.

Moreau has led service and experience design projects for a diverse group of clients—such as Southwest Airlines, BBVA, Google, P&G, Nike, Chili’s, Kerzner International, Novartis, Mercy Health System, Kaiser-Permanente, and the American Red Cross —that blur the boundaries between content and experience. Through research, analysis, and imagination, Moreau helps his clients understand their entanglement within their own complex set of cultural, material, and economic circumstances. Prior to forming Other Tomorrows, Moreau was VP, Design at Continuum, Director of Environments at 2×4, and worked as a designer at IDEO and at the Rockwell Group. Prior to starting as a Visiting Lecturer at MIT in 2017 where he teaches courses on human-centered design and design across scales, Moreau taught design courses at Northeastern University in both the Department of Architecture and the College of Arts, Media and Design, including the 300-student lecture class Understanding Design.

Moreau has received multiple awards, including 2018 IDSA IDEA Gold Award for Service Design, the 2018 SDN Service Design Award, and awards from the Graham Foundation and the NY Architectural League. He serves on several boards and advisory councils, including the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (2016-18) and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors (2017-22). He speaks frequently and globally to industry, corporate, and academic audiences in venues such as SXSW, the MIT Media Lab, the AIGA, Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, the Bauhaus Dessau, NEXT Berlin, Barcelona Building Innovation Symposium, Swissnex, EXPO Milano, the MIT School of Architecture, the Innovation Learning Network, and the Seoul Design Festival.


Beth Noveck
Director of the Burnes Center for Social Change and Innovation
Department of Communication Studies / School of Law / College of Engineering / College of Social Sciences and the Humanities

Beth Simone Noveck is a Professor at Northeastern and director of the Governance Lab (The GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance.

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first Chief Innovation Officer and head of the State’s Future of Work Task Force. She serves on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Digital Council. Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she is a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress. Her most recent book, Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World, appeared with Yale Press in 2021.


Don Robinaugh
Assistant Professor
Department of Art + Design / Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Department of Applied Psychology

Dr. Don Robinaugh earned his doctorate at Harvard University in 2015, where he studied clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Richard McNally. He completed post-doctoral training at the University of Amsterdam and served as an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at Northeastern University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and the Department of Art + Design.

His research is focused on better understanding the etiology of anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, with particular focus on how these disorders may operate as complex systems. Through this work, he has seen how data visualization can play a critical role in shaping how we conceptualize psychological phenomena and is interested in how better data visualization practices can be used to strengthen scientific reasoning.


Bob De Schutter
Associate Professor
Department of Art + Design / Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Bob De Schutter (MA, PhD) is an Associate Professor of Game Design in the Department of Art + Design, jointly appointed with the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is also the owner of award-winning game company Lifelong Games (LLC).

His creative, research and teaching interests include game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of games for non-entertainment purposes. His work focuses on the importance of play throughout the entire lifespan and speaks out against the stereotyping of older video game players in game design and marketing. He has been invited to teach, speak, and exhibit in Europe, North America, and Asia. His research on gerontoludic design, gameful instruction, and gaminiscing has been published in leading publications of several fields, and he has also been credited with the design of a wide range of games.

De Schutter has served the industry as an independent consultant, public speaker, developer, and entrepreneur, is a lifetime member of the International Game Developers Association and IndieCade, and has founded and chaired the Gerontoludic Society as well as the Flemish chapter of the Digital Games Research Association. Prior to joining Northeastern University, De Schutter was the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Applied Game Design at Miami University of Ohio. He was also a researcher and the lead designer for the K.U.Leuven e-Media Lab (Belgium). His work has received numerous awards, including Miami University’s Distinguished Junior Scholar Award, the Gold Medal at the 2020 Serious Play Awards and three industry awards at the 2021 Belgian Game Awards.


Lily Song
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture / College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Dr. Lily Song is currently a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her research and scholarship focus on the relations between urban infrastructure and redevelopment initiatives, socio-spatial inequality, and race, class, and gender politics in American cities and other decolonizing contexts. Her work both analyzes and informs infrastructure-based mobilizations and experiments that center the experiences and insights of historically marginalized groups as bases for reparative planning and design.

Song is a founding coordinator of CoDesign, a GSD initiative to strengthen linkages between design pedagogy, research, activism, and practice. Previously, Song was a Provost Fellow at University College London and holds a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT, where she was an active member of the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab).

As an activist-scholar who specializes in studying and undertaking long-term community engagement practices, Song will make valuable contributions to the full curriculum of the School of Architecture. Song will also serve as a bridge between the School of Architecture and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where she will have a 25% appointment.


Pierre-Valery Tchetgen
Future Faculty Fellow
Department of Music

Dr. Pierre-Valery Tchetgen is currently an educational researcher in the Principal Leadership Institute at Cal-Berkeley. As Founder and Ambassador of the Music is Healing Collective, he has used music as a vehicle for social change to break down barriers of bias and motivate youth toward social justice in order to improve the livability and vibrancy of communities nationwide and bring people from diverse paths together. Tchetgen has used his experiences to help diverse youth populations to improve their self-identity (e.g. SMASH:Prep for African American Males, Space2Cr8 and the Digital Youth Network).

He has designed and implemented a series of workshops and resources to increase oral language skills using African drumming to mediate storytelling. Tchetgen has also archived a repository of video interviews and performances with African drumming masters from drum circles in Togo, Cameroon, and Ghana.

Tchetgen’s haptic technology work and research will connect with initiatives throughout the Department of Music, CAMD, and Northeastern in areas such as digital instrument creation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, music information retrieval, and the psychology of music performance, perception, and participation.


Melanie Tory
Director of Data Visualization Research
Roux Institute / Department of Art + Design / Khoury College of Computer Sciences

Melanie Tory is currently Director of Data Visualization Research at the Roux Institute, Northeastern University. Her research focuses on empowering people to do more with data, through the design and evaluation of novel visualization techniques and human-data interactions.

In her previous role at Tableau Software, she managed an applied user research team and conducted research in natural language interaction with visualizations, ultimately commercialized as Tableau’s Ask Data feature. Before that, she worked as a faculty member in visualization at the University of Victoria, where she explored topics such as collaborative visualization and personal visual analytics.