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Extended Reality for Learning (xREAL) Lab

About Us

Welcome to the Extended REALity for Learning (xREAL) Lab with Information Technology Services!

xREAL is an interdisciplinary technology innovation hub that brings together faculty, students, and staff to imagine and design immersive learning experiences with augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual reality, and machine learning technologies.

Our mission is to:

  • research new ways to use educational extended reality (XR) and machine learning (ML) for student success;
  • design and assess impactful educational experiences with bleeding-edge technologies; and,
  • build connections between the campus and other academic, industry, and community partners to create learning experiences for the public good. 

Each year, our Lab works with faculty fellows and undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines to provide a vision for future teaching and learning, mentorship and hands-on experience for the students, and a sustainable infrastructure for innovation for the larger campus community. 

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Permanent Team

Mihaela Popescu

Dr. Mihaela Popescu
Faculty Director and xREAL Co-founder
Professor, Department of Communication Studies

James TrotterJames Trotter
Assistant Director of xREAL
Assistant Director with Academic Technologies & Innovation

Yutong LiuYutong Liu
Learning Experience Designer
Instructional Technologist with Academic Technologies & Innovation

Bobby LaudermanBobby Laudeman
Lead VR Programmer
Programmer with Academic Technologies & Innovation

Marcy IniguezMarcy Iniguez
Lab Administrative Assistant
ASA with Academic Technologies & Innovation


Faculty Fellows

Kurt CollinsProf. Kurt Collins
R & D Fellow and xREAL Co-founder
Professor, Dept. of Art & Design

Fadi MuheidatDr. Fadi Muheidat
Assistant Professor
School of Computer Science and Engineering

Rob RayProf. Robert ("Rob") Ray
Associate Professor 
Department of Art & Design



Kristi PapaillerProf. Kristi Papailler
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Theatre Arts


Codi LazarDr. Codi Lazar
Associate Professor
Dept. of Geological Sciences


Student Assistants

Kimberly Canchola
VR Programmer

David Castellanos
3D Designer

J.C. Mariscal
3D Designer

Noah Kelly
UX/UI Designer


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