Maria C. R. Harrington, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh, PA. USA
I am a CMU alumna with a degree in economics and art, and a Ph.D. in information science from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2009 I founded and launched a commercial software company, Virtual Field Trips, LLC, and brought to market a high fidelity educational computer game, The Virtual Trillium Trail. Artwork based on the visualization in the game engine has been developed and displayed. I have a record of success in teaching and curriculum design at the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham, and Slippery Rock, and in a broad array of topics: human-computer interaction, software project management, and new media art. My research agenda is a complex, multi-dimensional investigation of game technology as an aesthetic medium and as a scientific tool used to model the relationship between environmental signals, emotional reactions, and learning. Many of my grant applications have resulted in funding and my publications and presentations include peer-reviewed journals and conferences.