- Julie A. Evans is CEO of Project Tomorrow, an educational nonprofit that works to improve learning opportunities through effective use of science and technology resources.
- Rodney Guzman is cofounder, CEO, and director of design for Carlsbad-based InterKnowlogy, where he focuses on mobile enterprise, mixed reality, data visualization and solutions relating to the Internet of Things.
- Kyle Lee is head mathematician at Nanome, a San Diego-based company that builds virtual reality systems to allow scientists and engineers to collaborate with nanoscale precision. He directs the development of Nanome’s virtual reality math education platform, Calcflow.
- Jürgen Schulze is an associate research scientist for UC San Diego’s Qualcomm Institute and associate adjunct professor at UC San Diego, where he teaches computer graphics and virtual reality in the Computer Science Department.
Virtual reality has huge potential as an educational tool in many subjects, but widespread use of the technology in classrooms must await advances in hardware and development of curriculum, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Virtual Reality in the Classroom,” was held Sept. 13 at the San Diego Central Library. It was the third discussion in the STEAM Series, which is co-sponsored by UC San Diego Extension and the San Diego Public Library. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Watch a video of the event on UCTV. Moderating the discussion was Scott Lewis, chief executive officer (CEO) of the nonprofit investigative news source Voice of San Diego (voiceofsandiego.org). The four panelists brought together impressive expertise in different aspects of virtual reality: