Welcome to the design & research website of Nathan Prestopnik.
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Ithaca College. I study interactive experience design, serious games, and gamification with an artistic, human-computer interaction (HCI) mindset.
I earned my Ph.D. in Information Science at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies in April 2013. I also hold dual bachelor degrees in film production and history (focusing especially on military history), an M.S. in New Media, and an M.Phil. in Information Science.
Currently, I am working on a mixed reality firearms safety training system called Condition One that leverages the capabilities of the Arduino microprocessor and the HTC Vive VR system. Past projects include a 2D adventure game, Arena, to facilitate second language vocabulary comprehension and Play|Write, an exploration of creative writing in VR.
Before embarking on an academic career, I was a creative artist, interactive developer, and user experience designer in Los Angeles, CA, Clifton Park, NY, and Syracuse, NY.