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Program Director Krzysztof Pietroszek is an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) expert with a wide-ranging background in film directing, game design and computer science. Together, with a team of impressive faculty, he is leading AU's Game Lab to a superlative position in persuasive play and public purpose games.

Game Lab students work 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.

Game Lab Blog

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



Robert Hone Research Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

I’m currently an Asst. Professor-Research in the American University School of Communication, which involves teaching in the Game Lab, managing external projects between the AU Game Studio and externa

Krzysztof Pietroszek Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Krzysztof 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 Program Director of Graduate Game Progra

Benjamin Stokes Assistant Professor SOC - School of Communication

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co-founded Games for Change, the movemen

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Michael Treanor Assistant Professor CAS - Computer Science

Assistant 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

Rehaf Al Jammaz Part Time Staff

Rehaf AlJammaz is interested in impactful games and game representations of player experiences. Rehaf is also interested in areas where video games and artificial intelligence intersect. She enjoys di

Kirby Cofino

In my undergraduate career I focused on music and philosophy. I Graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Purchase. I'm a lover of games of all kinds. I'm currently studying coding, art, design

Ethan Goss-Alexander Senior Administrative Assistant CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Ethan is the Senior Administrative Assistant in the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures in CAS. Ethan also received their MA in Game Design from the American University Game Lab. A game and audio d

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Aubrey Hill Student Employment Coordinator Career Center

As the Career Center's Student Employment Coordinator she is anxiously engaged in the cause of helping students (FWS and otherwise) to find meaningful and career advancing opportunities to work with t

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Kyle Mitchell

Kyle is a graduate student within the School of Communication studying Game Design. He is interested in exploring the intersection between neuroscience and games. When he isn't deep into playing games

Daniel Petricca

With a passion for analogue and digital visual communication, my work tries to challenge preconceived notions of advanced play and accessibility through engaging interface designs that can be understo

Che Rose

I spent years traveling the world and telling the navy's story as a military journalist. Now, with the help of the Game Lab, I'll be able to create my own stories for players to interact with.

Brittany Williams

Brittany “Bri” Williams is a Research Assistant/Intern for the Serious Games Initiative within the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. She graduated from St. John’s Univers