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Program Director Andrew Phelps is an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) expert with a wide-ranging background in game design, education, art and interactive experiences. He is co-founder and currently serves as president of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) and he is also a professor at the Human Interface Technologies Laboratory NZ (HITLabNZ)within the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. With a team of impressive faculty, Phelps is leading AU's Game Lab to a superlative position in persuasive play and deep games.

Game Lab students are makers, working side-by-side with faculty on Game Studio projects and participate in the world's leading games events. Our graduate students have presented their work at GDC (Narrative Competition and Community Engagement Summit), SXSW (2017) and more. Studying in DC means that one day you swing by the White House for an e-sports event, the next you're helping to organize an 11,000 attendee event at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Learn about projects from Game Lab faculty and students, recent and upcoming events, the DC gaming community and more on our blog.



Andrew Phelps Professor SOC - Game Lab

Phelps is a Professor in the Film & Media Arts division of the School of Communication at American University, and the Director of the AU Game Lab, a multidisciplinary effort that engages faculty, sta

Krzysztof Pietroszek Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Pietroszek is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Arts Division of the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. He is also the Founding Director of Immersive Desi

Benjamin Stokes Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer, and director of The Playful City Lab. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co

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Michael Treanor Associate Professor CAS - Computer Science

Associate Professor Mike Treanor is a game developer and theorist whose research is aimed at finding new approaches for interpretation and expression of meaning within videogames and computational med

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Profiled Students

Anthony Alcaro

Anthony is a Forensic Artist specializing in Photo-Based Composites and Image Alterations using Adobe Photoshop. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Fordham University and is current

Hazel Arroyo

Hazel is a graduate student studying Game Design. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a concentration in Physical Anthropology and Bioarchaeology, from The University a

Mitchell Loewen

Mitchell is a graduate student studying game design. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor's of Knowledge Integration and Psychology, Joint Honours with a Collaborative

Carrie Moskal Creative Services Manager KSB - Kogod School of Business

Carrie is a graphic designer with over 10 years of experience in both in-house and agency settings. Her skills include print design and production, illustration, and web design/development.

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Nadya Primak

Nadya is a software engineer with experience in data visualization, user experience design, and front end development. She has made several games on her own before pursuing a certification, including