Ivan Alex Games is a doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction of University Wisconsin–Madison and a member of the GLS group. He holds a BS in computer systems engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico, and an MS in educational communications and technology from UW–Madison. Prior to transferring to the UW, he did 2 years of coursework as a doctoral student in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He also worked on developing AI, robotics and instrumentation systems while working as an engineer for National Instruments. Prior to that, he worked as a high-school computer science teacher where he pioneered a videogame-based learning curriculum in the 1990s. He is a seasoned gamer with more than 20 years of experience playing and designing games for education.
Currently working under James Paul Gee and Kurt Squire, his research interest lies in the exploration of the development of new literacy skills and their intersection with scientific thinking aspects (systems-level thinking, problem-solving, self-regulation) through the use of videogames and simulations in educational settings.