THE TEAM

We are creatives seeking new ways to understand the learning process in sign language and how to make tangible resources that makes learning fun. Our background is in science, art, technology, culture, communications, and education. With our varied backgrounds and singular interest in understanding how Deaf Children engage in learning, and how to create new experiences, we are constantly evolving, innovating, and welcoming new perspectives. Find us on the first floor of Sorenson Language and Communication Center building at Gallaudet University.

Bring a cup of coffee and join the conversation. 

 

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melissa malzkuhn, founder & creative director

Best course? Hard to say, I'm such a geek. So to be fair, here's a breakdown:
Undergrad - Spanish
Graduate - Philosophy of Sign and Language
MFA- Black, White, and One Color
Coffee? Noir. Why complicate things?
Where are you from? Northern California
Where do you WISH you were from? I'm perfectly happy with where I'm from
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? We're paving the road as it is. Being an imagineer requires intuition and boldness. And to quote George R.R. Martin, "Ideas are cheap. It's execution of them that really counts."


lorna quandt, science director

Best course? Cognitive neuroscience at Haverford College. It was the beginning of the rest of my life!
Coffee? Black usually, skim vanilla latte for special occasions. 
Where are you from? Washington DC
Where do you WISH you were from? the English countryside
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Exploring action, movement, and creativity with such talented people.

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Yiqiao Wang, senior artist

Best course? Savannah College of Art and Design’s illustration course
Coffee? Thai
Where are you from? Beijinger in DC
Where do you WISH you were from? In my studio
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Explore visual impressions beyond fantasy ideas.


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Jason Lamberton, motion capture technician

Best course? Computer Graphics under Bill Millios.
Coffee? The Heisenberg method by Walter White in Breaking Bad.
Where are you from? Fremont, California
Where do you WISH you were from? Proxima Centauri b, the closest Earth-like planet to us in the Alpha Centauri star system.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Extending the frontiers of technology!


Jianye Wang, 3D Animator

Best course? 3D animation & VFX in Academy of Art University
Coffee? Not often drink it, I prefer H20
Where are you from? Beijing and Bay Area.
Where do you WISH you were from? Human world
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Value, Creative and digital technology.


Conrad Baer, Digital Content Project Specialist

Best course? ASL 315- Poetry
Coffee? Black.
Where are you from? That question always interests me because are you asking me where I grow up? Or where I live now? That question could interpret into different meanings. Well, I say that Denver, Colorado is my home.
Where do you WISH you were from? Eyeth.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? It gives me opportunity to do things that I never thought I could! It also give me opportunity to learn new things & put my creativity in the team.


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jamilee hoglind, Executive Assistant & Labs Liasion

Best course? Art 290 - Web Design 1; I never even wanted to miss this class once!
Coffee? Black with a big drop or two of vanilla soy milk, always.
Where are you from? Denver, Colorado
Where do you WISH you were from? Europe... don't get me started with the beauty of their architectures.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Igniting my creativity to life and being able to take everything to the next level to its maximum potential.


MJ Kielbus, Production Specialist

Best course? Death and dying.
Coffee? No, thank you.
Where are you from? Short answer: The United States of America. Long answer: New York City, New Mexico, Southern California, Northern California, Rochester (NY), Alaska, D.C., Minnesota, and Texas... take your pick.
Where do you WISH you were from? Why is the sky blue?
What is the best part about being an Imagineer of ML2? I get to bring ideas to life and push the boundaries of technology and innovation whenever possible. I also work with a pretty awesome crowd of people here.

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tayla newman, video editor

Best course? DST 311 (Dynamics of Oppression)... opened my eyes.
Coffee? No thank you. :)
Where are you from? Cave Spring, Georgia
Where do you WISH you were from? Can I say when? The 1800's!
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Knowing that we're working for the future of Deaf children.


Julia Mills, Graduate ResearcH Assistant

Best course? DST 402 (Deaf Women’s Studies)
Coffee? I’ve been a tea person my whole life, but recently have started enjoying coffee as well. My favorites are Caramel Iced Coffee or Mocha Latte with Almond Milk.
Where are you from? Stockton, CA
Where do you WISH you were from? Nowhere in particular. Even though it’s not my favorite place, I appreciate my hometown because it has shaped me into becoming who I am today.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Being part of something that supports bilingual language skills for Deaf/HH children around the world — in a creative way!

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RAJA KUSHALNAGAR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGy

Best course? Capstone course.
Coffee? White chocolate mocha.
Where are you from? Washington, D.C.
Where do you WISH you were from? West Virginia.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Avatars and Augmented Reality (AR).


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MELISSA HERZIG, DIRECTOR OF tl2

Best course?  Equitable Education for Children
Coffee? Caramel Macchiato
Where are you from? Maryland
Where do you WISH you were from? Here, there, and everywhere!
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Integrating research with innovative tools, playing with ideas, stories, and games. The sky’s the limit! Best of all, the products created are for the benefit of the children!

(TL2 - Translation in the Science of Learning Lab)

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BENJAMIN BAHAN, professor

Best course? All the sailing classes at Mission Bay Aquatic Center and  "Discourse, Narrative and Literacy"
Coffee? yes, please easy on cream no sugar
Where are you from? New Jersey
Where do you WISH you were from? Exit 18W
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The opportunity to explore, imagine, create and apply.

(This photo was taken in 1978)