Students, Staff and Faculty of Knight Lab Studio.


Emily Withrow

Assistant Professor

Story mechanic - maintaining the engines of great storytelling across platforms. Current research focus - voice user interfaces. Past life...

Kris Hammond

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, Kris founded the University of Chicago’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research has been...


Assistant Professor, Director of the Computational Journalism Lab

Northwestern University Asst Professor of Communication & Tow Center fellow. Computational journalism, algorithmic accountability, social computing.

Zach Wise

Associate Professor

Emmy winning interactive producer & Associate Professor @NorthwesternU, @KnightLab. Formerly of The New York Times. Creator of TimelineJS & StoryMapJS...


Divya Sasidharan

Engineer, 2016-2017

Island/City girl living in small town O Hi O. Tea drinker in a coffee drinking world.

Joe Germuska

Chief Nerd

Joe runs Knight Lab’s technology, professional staff and student fellows. Before joining us, Joe was on the Chicago Tribune News...

Rebecca Poulson


Rebecca leads AR/VR projects at Knight Lab. In addition to being a software developer and playwright, Rebecca is an Oculus...

Scott Bradley

Senior Engineer

Mercurial technologist currently focused on electronics and natural language processing.



Hi I'm Akhil Kambhammettu and I'm a sophomore studying Journalism and Computer Science. I'm interested in the intersection of these...

Alexis Shanes

Alexis Shanes is a graduate journalism student at Northwestern University.

Andrew Finke

Freshman in the McCormick School of Engineering.

Audrey Valbuena

Medill undergraduate studying journalism and international studies. Passionate about telling human stories with data and good design.

Avriana Allen


A second year journalism and statistics double-major from Southern California. Fluentish in HTML and CSS. Interested in data journalism and...

Ben Singer

Device Lab Fellow

Brett Bergstrom

Medill Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSJ Candidate. Product-focused researcher. Creative writer. Passionate about the intersection of software and ethics.

Celine Chang

Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences '19 majoring in Cognitive Science and pursuing Segal Design Certificate. Interested in...

Daniel Zhou

An amateur slacker who knows a little bit about journalism, statistics and economics

David Jacob

MS Engineering Design Innovation student at Northwestern interested in UX, Service Design, and Design Research. I believe in efficient and...

Gabriel Caniglia

Interested in the future of human-computer interaction.

Hailey Melville

Northwestern '17 grad and UX Designer focused on solutions that improve the world. Passionate about clarity, transparency, and social justice....

Hannah Givertz

Northwestern '18 and Center for Civic Engagement Fellow focused on community partnerships and building platforms for the equitable sharing of...

Henry K.

Henry is a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint program in computer science and communications at Northwestern...

Henry Keyser

VR Journalism Student; focusing on media innovation, product management, TV Producing. Also a relapsing playwright.

Isabella Jiao

Device Lab Fellow

Jake Daniels

Virtual Reality storyteller studying Radio/TV/Film, Computer Science, and Design in Northwestern University’s class of 2019.

Jeff Birori

Device Lab Fellow


Author of the 50 Women anthology series and Co-lead Editor/Producer Stories from Girls and Women of Mogadishu. United Nations delegate...

Josh Shi

Student Fellow

Kathleen Yuan

Dual-degree journalist and violinist. Exploring temporal and visual arts' intersection with tech. Always curious.

Laura Barrera Forero

Northwestern '19 Computer Science student. Interested in backend development and the intersection of business and tech.

Lucy Dwyer

Junior at Northwestern studying Journalism, Integrated Marketing Communications and Sociology.

Madeleine Fernando

Medill '18 grad studying journalism and political science.

Mary Truong

Device Lab Fellow

Mary is an artist who likes to use weird tech to build installations.

Megan Fu

Senior at Northwestern studying Journalism and Global Health, interested in storytelling.

Miao Deng

Graduate student studying integrated marketing communications. Interested in data analytics, media storytelling, and emerging technologies.

Michael Martinez

Student Fellow

Michela Ferrari

I’m a UX designer and researcher who believes design and communication go hand in hand. I am currently a senior...

Nia Adurogbola

Device Lab Fellow

Nia is a junior studying journalism from the Bronx, New York. She is currently a Device Lab Fellow who is...

Nikolas Wright

Writer, editor, and aspiring product manager in the 2017 graduate media innovation track at the Medill School of Journalism.

Noah Alvarado

Current Northwestern student (Class of '20) and back-end developer. Loves his dog and efficient solutions.

Rafah Ali

Northwestern junior studying Computer Science, Design, and Entrepreneurship. Passionate about designing and implementing solutions for social impact.

Rebecca Lassiter

Northwestern 2020, pursuing a BS in Computer Science. Strives to make an impact and promote social justice.

Rika Ko

Human-Centered Product Engineering, '19. Always looking for new opportunities to design and develop the next best thing.

Sarah Wong

Computer Science '19

Sherry Chiu

A creative storyteller specializing in visual design and market strategy. Graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a BA in...


Northwestern IMC18 Candidate specialized in Consumer Insight and Data. Passionate about VR/AR application, UX design and projection tech.

Suzy (Sujung) Lee

A junior who loves programming <3

Theodore Chryssos

Lifestyle journalist studying marketing communications, emerging-media geek, VR acolyte, amateur videographer, stationery enthusiast.

Thomas Li

Northwestern '20 // Communication Studies + Computer Science. Finding my place in the tech space.

Umang Shukla

Umang Shukla is a member of the MMM Class of 2018 at the Kellogg School of Management.

Yani Xie

Northwestern '18 graduate, CS major

Yixue Wang

Ph.D. student in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern, focusing on computational journalism and social science. She is...