February 1, 2018

Meet Dakota Brown!

Time for another Spotlight! This week we'll be featuring Dakota Brown, one of our researchers, co-founders, and our Vice President!

Dakota's spotlight photo

What is your name?

Dakota Brown

What are you studying in school and what do you wish to do in the future?

I study education and technology. I plan to continue studying this with an increased focus on cognition and how people learn.

What inspired you to start STEM-VRSE?

STEM-VRSE has seen several iterations throughout the last two years, from a simple research project to the non-profit research initiative we have today. Dane and I had been sitting on the idea for some time after our initial efforts and were waiting for the right moment to start it back up again. That moment came when we met Katherine and ultimately Katja. Together and with their expertise, STEM-VRSE is bound to become something that neither Dane nor I could have expected.

What do you want to learn while working with STEM-VRSE?

The easiest answer here is to keep learning the research process. Of course, in addition to that, I wish to continue gaining business experience and developing myself as a person.

What research interests you the most?

Meta-cognition is my current research interest. It has taken time for me to reach this point. I started with the question of “how people learn?”. From there it became “why people learn?”. This continued for some time through as I gained an understanding of the field and eventually reached the question I now have, “why people think about what they're thinking?”.

If you woke up tomorrow as a non-human animal, what animal would you want to be and why?

An owl. I can sleep whenever I want and hang out in trees. I don’t really have to worry about anything attacking me. I rotate my head all the way around and freak out all the humans staring at me. I sit on people’s roofs and annoy everyone with my hooting. Yea…. I’d be an owl.

What is your cheesiest pick-up line?

I don’t really have a pickup line. I just tend to approach the person and start talking to them. I’m genuine, and they either quickly tell me that I should take off, or we hit it off. Otherwise, I’d like to spare you my cheesiness.