Dr. Mark Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on learning sciences and technology, specifically, computing education research. His books on Media Computation teach programming through creating and manipulating digital media. Media Computation has had a significant impact on retention at adopting institutions. He was the original developer of "Swiki," the first wiki designed for educational use. He is on the editorial boards of the "Journal of the Learning Sciences," "ACM Transactions on Computing Education," and "Communications of the ACM." With his wife and colleague, Barbara Ericson, he received the 2010 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. He was also the recipient of the 2012 IEEE Computer Society Undergraduate Teaching Award.
He directed "Georgia Computes!" - a six year effort to improve and broaden computing education across the state. "GeorgiaComputes!" helped thousands of students discover computing, diversified computing education in Georgia, and taught hundreds of teachers how to be computer science teachers. Today, he is one of the leaders in the "Expanding Computing Education Pathways" (ECEP) NSF alliance, which serves states as they seek to making computing education more accessible to more students.