TAM Faculty

Matthew Bethancourt, Director

ATLAS Building, Room 231D
Office Hours (Spring 2018), Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and by appointment

Matthew Bethancourt is an educator, composer, musician and interactive designer. His current work focuses on using external datasets for experimental electronic musical expression. Past work has touched on nostalgia, collaborative frameworks and innovative gestural controllers.

He has taught courses in audio production, sound synthesis, sound design, game design and development, web design, physical computing, and installation/performance with Max/MSP, and is currently an the Director of the Technology, Arts and Media program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He earned his MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.

Carson Bruns, Assistant Professor

ATLAS Building, Room 225B
Office Hours (Fall 2017), Mondays 3:00-4:00 p.m. & Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Carson Bruns grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Loveland, Colorado and got his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2013 from Northwestern University. His research interests span organic, inorganic, polymer, and biochemistry, as well as materials science and engineering. The formats he uses for his artwork embrace digital / computer art,illustration, painting, photography, and body art.

Chris Carruth, Instructor

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ATLAS Building, Room 233
Office Hours (Spring 2018), Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Chris Carruth graduated from the ATLAS MS-ICTD program in the Spring of 2013 and has been instructing for the Technology, Arts, and Media program at the University of Colorado at Boulder since. Chris focuses his teaching on the intersection of technology and society, specifically how they impact artistic endeavors. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where upon graduation, he spent 4 years working as the Director of IT in the College of Business. When not working in the TAM program, Chris splits time as an editorial and fine-art photographer as well as an instructor of participatory photography.

Laura Devendorf, Assistant Professor

Unstable Design Lab, ATLAS Building, 207

Laura explores relationships with technology and the poetics of technology that doesn’t quite work. She designs, develops, and studies interactive systems that leave room for the user to be challenged in order to provoke curiosity and enchantment with the everyday. She has undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara and continues to practice art in parallel with academic research. Laura’s research lab at ATLAS is the Unstable Design Lab in ATLAS 207.

Ellen Yi-Luen Do, Professor

ATLAS Building, Room 207

Ellen Do is interested in design cognition and the methods and processes in which people engage in design. She has conducted empirical studies of design drawing and constructed computer software to integrate knowledge based applications with freehand drawing. Ellen is a member of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) and the AIA (American Institute of Architects).

She received her Ph.D. in design computing from Georgia Tech.

Ian Hales, Instructor

ATLAS Building, Room 231C
Office Hours (Fall 2017), Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ian Hales has been an ATLAS faculty member since the late Jurassic period of 2004. He earned his bachelor's degree in studio arts from the University of Colorado Boulder, with an emphasis in digital media, and his master's degree in advertising management, from the University of Denver, with an emphasis in digital marketing. Ian has taught a wide range of courses over the years but focuses in areas of 2D animation and motion graphics, web development, live-streaming production and social media community management. In addition, Ian also currently serves as the faculty adviser for CU Boulder's eSports Club and Game Development Clubs and also oversees the administrative duties of ATLAS's Mixed Reality Lab. Ian lives in Golden, Colorado with his wife, daughter, son and shiba inu pupper. When he's not teaching classes or braving the treacherous roads between Boulder and Golden, he enjoys playing video games, gardening, homebrewing and spending time with his family.

Arielle Hein, Instructor

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ATLAS Building, Room 231C
Office Hours (Fall 2017): Thursdays 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. & by appointment (Sign up here)

Arielle Hein is an artist and technologist whose work explores the imaginative use of emerging technologies and spans the fields of physical computing, interaction design and conceptual art. As an educator, Arielle is passionate about empowering students through the exploration of interactive systems and the use of digital tools, as well as creating collaborative learning environments that encourage diversity and accessibility in technology.

Arielle earned her Master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in 2015. At CU, she teaches courses in physical computing, digital fabrication, web development and interaction design.

Kevin Hoth, Instructor

ATLAS Building, Room 233
Office Hours (Spring 2018): Mondays 10:30am — 12:30pm.

Kevin Hoth is a multimedia artist, commercial and fine art photographer, and photography/digital media educator. He has used traditional and digital photographic technologies creatively since 1995 and has exhibited photography, digital images, video, and solo performance work in over 70 exhibitions around the U.S. His current area of interest is landscape photography captured via technologically mediated vantage points. He has taught design, digital art, and photography at several universities and now teaches digital image studies at The University of Colorado at Boulder. He was born and raised in Wisconsin and now resides with his daughter in Boulder, Colorado.

M.F.A., University of Washington at Seattle, 1999
B.S.., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1994

Aileen Pierce, Associate Director
Senior Instructor

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ATLAS Building, Room 231B
Office Hours (Spring 2018): Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Aileen Jaitin Pierce has been an instructor for the Technology, Arts, and Media program at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 2004. Aileen teaches courses focusing on the intersection of technology and society, as well as the integration of programming into new media. Aileen holds a B.S. in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. She spent nine years in Silicon Valley working at Oracle and two startups in product marketing and technical support before moving to Boulder.

David Schaal, Lead Multimedia Instructor

ATLAS Building, Room 231C
Office Hours (Spring 2017) Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

David Schaal is a digital artist showing work nationally and internationally and is currently the lead instructor for the TAM program. He received a BFA in Fine Art, a BA in Psychology, and an MFA in Integrated Art. He has developed and taught Technology Arts Media courses since the founding in 1998 as the first faculty hire in ATLAS. He is interested in all aspects of digital culture and media theory. He also serves on the steering committee for ASSETT, education director for the Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts, and as a board member for ICAS (International Cities for Advanced Sound).

Ben Shapiro, Assistant Professor

ATLAS Building, Room 225A
Office Hours (Spring 2018): By appointment

Ben investigates how to create learning environments that empower all youth to learn, express themselves, and improve their communities through playful, collaborative use of programmable technologies. Northwestern University Ph.D. 2009.

Joel Swanson, Assistant Professor

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Office Phone: 303.735.2933
ATLAS Building, Room 101
Office Hours (Spring 2018): Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Joel Swanson is an artist and writer in Denver CO. He teaches courses on digital art, media theory, and the history of design. He received his MFA in digital art at the University of California, San Diego. His art work is motivated by literary theory and exists as a series of installations, both real and virtual, that explore the nature of language and its embodiment. Swanson's work has been shown in various national and international venues. His work can be seen online at

Research and teaching interests: digital art, digital media theory, design, typography.

M.F.A., University of California at San Diego, 2005
B.F.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2002

Dan Szafir, Assistant Professor

ATLAS Building, Room 225D

Dan's work focuses on human-robot interaction (HRI) and human-computer interaction (HCI). He studies the design and use of robots and related novel technologies, including brain-computer interfaces and virtual reality, with the goal of improving usability and outcomes such as learning and collaboration. University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. 2015.

TAM Staff

Dave Kalahar, Logistics Coordinator and Assistant Adviser

ATLAS Building, Room 231

Dave Kalahar is the former Academic Adviser for the TAM Program and now serves as the Logistics Coordinator for the program, creating teaching schedules, adding courses onto the University system, and occasionally registering students for ATLAS classes. Dave also coordinates the ATLAS Registration Open House, Graduation Receptions, TAM @ the Movies, and schedules campus courses into the ATLAS classrooms. Dave has been employed at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 1983. Prior to coming to ATLAS, Dave was the undergraduate academic advisor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences for 14 years. In that time, he was the recipient of Outstanding Advisor awards from both the University of Colorado at Boulder and the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and garnered additional advising accolades from the Minority Engineering Program, Athletics Department, and Air Force ROTC.

Marisa Reynolds, Program Advisor

ATLAS Building, Room 231A

Marisa worked as a career counselor at CU-Boulder’s Career Services Dept. and served as an academic advisor at the Leeds School of Business before transitioning to ATLAS. She loves being an advisor and enjoys serving as a resource and sounding board for students as they make decisions related to their major and career aspirations.

Marisa was born in Michigan but moved to beautiful Manitou Springs, CO when she was a teen. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor Degree in Communication and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Regis University.