SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

Ursula Wolz, Ph.D., is the CEO of RiverSound Solutions, a software development and curriculum consulting company with a mission to empower users to become creators with, rather than consumers of computing technology. Current projects are an artificially intelligent tutor for mathematics (subcontracting to Querium) and computer science, games for learning, and a curated, crowd sourced online resource for coders. She had a twenty-year career as a faculty member (ten as chairwoman) in the Computer Science Department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ.) As a founder of the Interactive Multimedia program at TCNJ, she received grants from Microsoft and the National Science Foundation to study game design, interactive journalism, and interdisciplinary computing. Her diverse publications focus on computer-based learning environments. She teaches students ranging from affluent middle schoolers, to urban teachers, including elite undergraduates, first generation college students, and those with learning differences. In the 1980s her favorite student was Big Bird. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Computing in Education from Columbia Teachers College, and a bachelor’s degree from MIT (Cognitive Psychology and Linguistics), where she was a researcher in Seymour Papert’s Logo Lab studying and teaching in the very first constructivist computing environments. She is the Noyce Distinguished Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Grinnell College, Iowa; The Technology Strategist for TechIMPACT at La Guardia Community College, CUNY, New York, and just accepted a position as Professor of Computer Science at Bennington College Vermont.