I am a freelance software developer specializing in educational software development.
I care passionately about getting people to explore their world and to inspire awe in everyday life, and I believe that educational software is one tool that can be used to acheive this. Projects for museums are always visually interesting and cover diverse subject matter, making them particularly meaningful and enjoyable to work on. From showing weird frog mating habits and the history of the US Postal Service, to the Periodic Table, the vocabulary of the Constitution, and the role of pollinating bees, software has an important role to play in the educational world, and it brings me great joy and meaning to be able to share this information with the public.
A bit of history
Since I completed my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Chicago, I have been working in museums. After I graduated from college, I moved to DC and found Quatrefoil Associates, who gave me my first real job and ignited my love of software and museums. After a few years, I moved to New Mexico where I began working at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science as the assistant manager of the planetarium. Among other projects there, I completed the user interface for the MUSE Award Winning Hall of the Stars exhibit. This gave me experience on the inside of a museum as well as from the perspective as an outside contractor, which has been invaluable in understanding the longevity and impact of interactives.
In 2016, I completed my Master's Degree in Software-Driven Systems Design at New Mexico Highlands University. This program allowed me to combine my love of software development and passion for the museum industry and also greatly expanded my skills. My Master's Thesis (Field Project) was Sim Pueblo, an interactive developed on the HP Sprout for the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, NM. It combines physical and digital components to teach visitors about the history of the Kuaua Pueblo.
Since that time, I've worked on projects for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, The Boulder Museum, The Rosenbach, The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, and developed games for Electric Playhouse.
When I'm not working, I am hanging out with my husband and four children and drinking beer on my back porch, watching tomatoes grow in our vegetable garden.