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Designing learning that encourages exploration and inquiry

The NYU Stern Learning Science Lab is a team of creatives, educators, designers, and technologists who collaborate with faculty to build meaningful learning environments. Using research in the learning sciences to inform our design practice, we partner with instructors to create engaging and interactive courses for business school education. 


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Kristen Sosulski, Director

Kristen leads the NYU Stern Learning Science Lab. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Fubon Innovation Scholar. Kristen teaches MBA students and executives data visualization, R and Python programming, and business analytics. Her area of scholarship is at the intersection of learning science, technology, and visual design.

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Ben Bowman, Senior Associate Director, Educational Technology

Ben is an award-winning filmmaker, media producer and educator who specializes in educational technology and online learning. He collaborates closely with faculty, students and administrators to integrate innovative technologies and narrative techniques into effective learning experiences. Before joining NYU Stern, Ben led the Instructional Design team at YU Global. He holds an MFA in film, television and media production from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught.

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Sean Diaz, Educational Technologist

Sean comes to NYU from Los Angeles where he was an educator, trainer, and volunteer manager in the non-profit space. He worked alongside corporate partners like Google, Wells Fargo, and Deloitte to create mentorship programs for underserved students. His specialty is in project-based learning, starting with a student-centered approach. Currently, he is an MA candidate in the Digital Media Design for Learning program at Steinhardt.

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Kate Forrester, Assistant Director, Educational Technology

Kate works with Stern faculty to design and develop learner-centered courses, assessments, and interactive media. Before joining NYU, she led the content development team at an edtech startup. Kate holds a Ph.D. in English from Trinity College Dublin, where she also taught critical theory and literature. She earned her M.A. in English from the University of St. Andrews.

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Cindy Payne, Assistant Director, Instructional Media Production

Cindy is Assistant Director of Instructional Media Production at the Learning Science Lab. She received her B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her career has been spent working on all forms of media, ranging from commercials and TV shows to film and special effects. At the Learning Science Lab she uses her expertise to create beautiful and engaging educational content.

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Marian Tes, Educational Technologist

Marian is an Educational Technologist at the Learning Science Lab. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Communication & Technology at NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development, where she also earned an M.A. in International Education. Her interests include user experience, accessibility, visual communication, learning science, and design-based research.

Media Team

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Alejandro Cardona, Video Editor

Alejandro is a video editor, graphics animator and designer. He publishes independent video essays examining the intersection of communication scholarship, history, and pop culture. He earned his B.A. in Communication and Theater at Trinity University.

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Quintin Harris, Video Editor

Quintin is a Motion Graphics Designer/CG Generalist. He is a Rhode Island School of Design Graduate. Currently he works freelance as a video editor with the Learning Science Lab.

Learning Science Technology Fellows

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Gaby García de la Noceda

Gaby is a senior in NYU Steinhardt majoring in Dual Childhood/Special Education and minoring in French. She has a passion for education, equity and accessibility, which has led her to be involved in various mentoring programs with children, teens and adults with special needs. She is the Founder and President of the Puerto Rican Student Association at NYU, and intends to lead a career in teaching and educational policy.

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Valeria Samame, Learning Science Technology Fellow

Valeria is a graduate student at the College of Global Public Health, and her concentration is in epidemiology. She completed her undergraduate studies at NYU in the spring of 2019, and she majored in global public health and minored in computer science and mathematics. Valeria is passionate about education and health equity, and she hopes to go on to work for the Department of Health.

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Jiayin Zhang, Learning Science Technology Fellow

Jane (Jiayin) is a graduate student at Steinhardt majoring in Digital Media Design for Learning, with a concentration on Learning Analytics. Jane is passionate about using mass media to promote lifelong learning and data-driven decision making. She earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from East China Normal University in Shanghai.