principal investigator

Andy Klein

Andrew G. Klein is an associate professor at Western Washington University (WWU), having joined in 2014 with a joint appointment to the department of Engineering and Design (Electrical Engineering Program) and the graduate faculty of Computer Science. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He then worked for awhile at several Silicon Valley startup companies before returning to Cornell to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to his arrival at WWU, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Supélec/LSS near Paris, France, and was an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

current students

Andrea Frost

Andrea Frost is a graduate student in the Computer Science department, and works as a Data Science & Analytics Engineer at Ionic Security. She is currently studying supervised and unsupervised machine-learning-based approaches of classifying paper texture. In addition, she is an active member of the community, volunteering with programs such as the WWU Association for Women in Computing, the Creators & Innovators Club for Girls, and Whatcom Hospice. In her spare time she loves to travel and hike with her dog and significant other in the mountains. Andrea has been to all 50 United States and more than 20 countries overseas.

Kirsten Basinet

Kirsten Basinet has a B.S. in electrical engineering, and is now a graduate student pursuing M.S. in the Computer Science. She is currently investigating how game-playing can be used in the classroom to improve engineering education. In her free time, she enjoys being involved with college radio and working on a NIST time-receiving Arduino shield.

Mitch Overdick

Mitch Overdick is a senior in the Electrical Engineering program and is pursuing a minor in Mathematics. Since summer 2015, he has been working as an NSF-funded research assistant to study and implement a timestamp-free synchronization algorithm. In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys hanging with out with Joe, working on cars, listening to music, and learning to play the drums.

Joe Canfield

Joe Canfield is a senior in the Electrical Engineering program and is working on the timestamp-free synchronization project. He is also pursuing minors in Mathematics, Audio Technology, and Music. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, sailing, and practicing Kung Fu.

Quae Atwood

Quae Atwood is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Computer Systems. He is assisting in research on the role of tinkering and making in the classroom. He is also the chair of the WWU Marine Technology Club and Oceanic Engineering Society and works with WWU Extended Education teaching K-12 after school courses on ROV building. In his free time, he enjoys skateboarding, surfing, and sailing.

Jacob Rosenblum

Jacob Rosenblum is an electrical engineering major in his senior year, who is also pursuing minors in Math and Computer Science. He is excited to join the research team and help understand the outlook for gaming and tinkering within the field. For fun, Jacob hangs out with his young daughter, goes mushroom hunting, and plays with Rubik's Cubes. He can fix your computer if you ask him nicely.

Harley Fernandez

Harley Fernandez is a junior pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in mathematics. He is also the current Vice Chair of the Western Washington University Marine Technology Club. During his free time he enjoy playing video games and experiencing the local culture. He is excited about joining the ASPECT research group and seeing the outcome of the educational research and hopefully making a contribution to help future students.

Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson is a junior in Electrical Engineering and is pursuing a minor in Mathematics. As a research assistant, he is aiding in the study of how gaming and tinkering effect the electrical engineering educational setting. He is also the Vice President of the WWU chapter of IEEE-HKN and member of the Marine Technology Club at WWU. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors, playing the drums, and being immersed in the Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings universes.

Tim Christman

Tim Christman is a junior in the Electrical Engineering program and is pursuing a minor in Energy Sciences. He is researching the implementation of a time-stamp-free synchronization algorithm. His interests include current events, minimalist footwear, and strategy games.

Daniel Kowalski

Daniel Kowalski is an Electrical Engineering student at Western Washington University. In addition to pursuing his B.S. in engineering, he is aiming to earn a minor in Computer Systems. He is very excited to be working on research for clock synchronisation algorithms for future technologies. In the future, he hopes to continue his education and earn a M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, talking with his friends, and playing real time strategy games like Starcraft II.

former undergraduate students

former graduate students

recent collaborators