Potential iStar Instructors

Eric Schumacher

Georgia Tech University

 Dr. Schumacher received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1998 from the University of Michigan, the 2nd-ranked psychology department in the US (US News and World Report, 1998). He spent four years as a post-doctoral fellow in neurology and neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania and at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Schumacher researches cognitive control from both psychological and neuroscientific perspectives. He investigates this in a variety of ways, including how we watch and understand movies. Dr. Schumacher’s nearly 50 publications have been cited over 5000 times. His work has been profiled on CNN, London Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Redbook, Fortune Magazine, NBC Today, Readers Digest, and more. 

Forrest Spence

University of Notre Dame

Dr. Spence is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2015. His primary area of research is applied microeconomics and he has published several articles in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Dr. Spence teaches the Principles of Microeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics Theory at Notre Dame. Dr. Forrest won the Thomas P. Madden Award for outstanding teaching in his first year in 2018, becoming the youngest winner of the University-sponsored award.

Yasmmyn Salinas

Yale University

Dr. Yasmmyn Salinas is a professor in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at Yale University’s School of Public Health, where she also received her M.P.H and Ph.D. Her research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of obesity, and she is currently exploring the interactions between genetic factors and early life risk factors in relation to obesity and other metabolic outcomes across the life course. In 2016, Dr. Salinas was awarded the Teaching Fellow Award for her passion and mastery of the material, her dedication teaching, and her unwavering commitment to students.  Dr. Salina is also the chief data officer of Source Development Hub, a New Haven-based social enterprise that focuses on providing software-based solutions to housing for low-resource communities.

Jose Luis García de Castillo Lopez

Harvard University

Dr. Jose Luis Garcia de Castillo Lopez is an instructor of Architectural Technology at Harvard University. His teaching philosophy advocates for a future where programming and code are tools as natural to artists as paper and pencil, and in his work, he explores creative opportunities to combine design, technology, fabrication, data, and art. He has worked as Data Visualization Architect at Fathom Information Design, designing and building platforms to help clients such as Google, Samsung, and Nike to understand their data. Most recently, he has worked as Research Engineer within the Generative Design Group at Autodesk Inc., developing experimental prototypes to disrupt the AEC industry through advanced robotics and machine learning. Finally, Dr. Garcia de Castillo Lopez is the co-founder of ParametircCamp, an international organization whose mission is to spread knowledge of computational design among designers and architects.

Stephanie Keer

New York University

Stephanie Keer has been teaching at New York University for 10 years in the Psychology department. She has taught intro to Psychology and Experimental Psychology. She is also Konica Minolta's National Manager and Director of Education and Government Solutions Manager. Stephanie is responsible for product management, business development, strategic planning, competitive analysis, sales and web content development, as well as recommending technology and service offerings for both the Education and Government markets. Stephanie received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2002 with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology.

Rusty Lansford

University of Southern California

Dr. Russell “Rusty” Lansford is a Biology professor at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. His research team uses a combination of experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to quantitatively understand decision making in single cells and tissues with a focus on questions in vascular, neural, and germ cell development during embryogenesis. Dr. Lansford has taught advanced biology courses at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Caltech, and USC. He is the recipient of the U.S. Fulbright NSF Arctic Scholar Fellowship and was awarded the NASA Space Act Award and R&D 100 Award for patented discoveries in laser microscopy.


Angela Fidler Pfammatter

Northwestern University

Dr. Pfammatter teaches Public Health and Introduction to Psychology at Northwestern University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist with a wide range of interests centered around exploring the optimization of health behavior change to treat and prevent chronic conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Her research interest is in the area of investigating technology-supported interventions for the purpose of health behavior change. Specifically, she develops smartphone applications, explores the use of wireless sensors, and investigate behavioral mechanisms that support positive health outcomes in adults.

Ibrahim Albluwi

Princeton University

Ibrahim Albluwi joined Princeton in 2016 from Princess Sumaya University for Technology, in Jordan, where he was an assistant professor. He earned his doctorate in automatic systems and computer science in 2012 from INSA-Toulouse in France. He teaches and develops material for COS 126 and COS 226, advises junior projects and senior theses, and serves as an academic advisor in the BSE program. His students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science awarded him an Excellence in Teaching Award in spring 2018 and fall 2019 for his work in COS 226.

Carey Witkov

Harvard University

Dr. Witkov has been teaching at Harvard University in the Physics department since 2012. He teaches Harvard's innovative project-based physics lab courses (Principles of Scientific Inquiry) for introductory mechanics (Physics 15a/16) and Electricity & Magnetism (Physics 15b).  Witkov has co-authored the book, Chi-squared Data Analysis and Model Testing for Beginners, that brings this data analysis method to undergraduates and even advanced high school students. Dr. Witkov has won Harvard's Bok Center Award for Teaching Excellence every year since arriving at Harvard. Previously, Witkov's current research interests include, nonlinear resonance, optimal control (dynamic programming, calculus of variations, and applications of Gauss' principle of least constraint


Marcelo  Clerici-Arias

Stanford University

Dr. Clerici-Arias is a professor in the Department of Economics and Public Policy at Stanford University and the Director of the Honors Program. Each year, he’ teaches, Principles of Economics, Behavior of Economics, and a senior research course. He also teaches the Junior Honors Seminar. Prior to this position, he was the Associate Director of Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning for 12 years, the Associate Director of Stanford’s Introductory Economics Center for 4 years, and an Assistant Professor at Universidad de San Andres in Argentina. Dr. Marcelo’s research originally focused on game theory and computational economics, with a particular emphasis on agents exhibiting bounded rationality. Now, his research focuses on the teaching and learning of economics. 

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Ross Hamilton

Columbia University

Dr. Ross Hamilton is a tenured professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Chair for the Film Studies Program at Columbia University. Dr. Hamilton specializes in English literature from Reformation to Romanticism, however, he has taught a variety of course in Philosophy, English Composition and several Senior Seminars. His first book, Accident: A Literary and Philosophical History (University of Chicago Press, 2008), won the Harry Levin Prize from the ACLA for best work of literary history in 2007-8. In the past, Dr. Hamilton he won a prize-teaching fellowship at Yale University and held a post-doctorate fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.



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