Hello :)
I always enjoy meeting others passionate about the intersection of education and tech.
Have a great day!
- Gabe
Welcome! It's great meeting others passionate about the intersection of education and tech.
Have a great day!
- Gabe

Education

Masters of Engineering in Computer Science, 2016

Cornell University
3.99/4.00 GPA
Outstanding Project of the Year Award

Bachelors in Physics, Minors in Education & CS, 2015

Cornell University
3.72/4.00 GPA
Dean's List, six semesters
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Study Abroad, Madrid Spain

Experience

Senior Software Engineer, Harvard University — 2018 to Present

Collaborates with teaching teams and course designers at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education to design and build instructional technology tools and scale existing edtech. Projects include algorithms to identify students at risk, analytics dashboards for faculty, swipe-in automated attendance, and tools for Zoom. Each semester, Abrams' educational tools are used by hundreds of Harvard courses: ~100 Harvard courses in Fall 2020, ~550 in Spring 2021, ~700 in Summer 2021, and still climbing.
Recipient of Dean's Award for Excellence in Innovation, 2020
Above and Beyond Award (awarded nine times), 2019
Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee, 2019 to Present
Remote Work Committee, 2020

EdTech Consultant, Berkman Klein Center — 2021 to Present

Provides insight and audits the code and design of Threads, a custom pseudonymous chat platform for classes. Specifically focuses on scalability, LTI integration, usability for faculty and students, and thinking of new ways the platform could be used to improve courses.

Instructional Technology Fellow, Harvard University — 2016 to 2018

Worked directly with faculty and teaching teams, developed a suite of instructional technology tools, built authentication and authorization frameworks for Harvard's JupyterHub and Virtual Desktop environments, and created Inclass - the Harvard EdTech App Store.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2016 to 2018

Edtech Developer & Consultant, Cornell University — 2015 to 2019

Built a drag-and-drop robot programming platform allowing students to program Baxter, an industry-grade educational robot. Created curriculum for a middle-school summer program that taught students programming and robotics through hands-on projects that utilized the programming platform. Co-taught three iterations of the summer program with Prof. Ross Knepper at Cornell University through the NY 4-H organization. Actively worked at Cornell through Fall 2015, collaborated and led summer programs each following summer.

Teaching

Guest Lecturer, Harvard University — 2020

Led classes for DGMD S-61 (Working with Educational Technologies), a new EdTech course at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education. Guest lectures included background on EdTech, LTI, SCORM, and information on developing Canvas-integrated EdTech. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the course was also offered online, so part of my work also included video content creation, editing, and production.

Summer Program Instructor, Cornell University — 2015 to 2019

Taught a robotics summer program for middle and highschool students from schools that lacked resources for technical courses. Led the program in 2018 and co-taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, and since 2018. Collaborated with the New York 4-H foundation, who offered the program through their residential summer college course list.

Program Coordinator, Hawaii Leadership Academy — 2007 to 2015

Coordinated sixteen week-long leadership programs teaching interpersonal skills to foster children and victims of physical or substance abuse. Designed itinerary and curriculum for up to 120 students per program and facilitated academic, team building, and goal setting workshops.

Instructor, University of Hawaii — 2015

Designed and taught Exploring Physics through Game Design (ENR4500), a summer course where students learned different physics concepts while developing seven educational computer games. Created the educational technology and curriculum for lectures, coding projects, and physics labs.

Teaching Assistant and Lab Instructor, Cornell University — 2012 to 2015

Led seven semesters of recitation sessions, physics labs, exam preparation workshops for multiple different introductory physics courses and labs while also doing one-on-one tutoring for undergraduate physics students.
Recipient of Cornell's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2014

After School Program Coordinator, Ithaca City School District — 2014

Created and co-taught two ten-week after school programs: one helping students publish their own novels in the school library and one promoting engineering and science skills through hands-on projects, a program done in conjunction with Odyssey of the Mind. Taught sessions and managed funding and curriculum in a team of four.

Sessions Facilitated

Committees

Technical Skills

Web Design:
HTML CSS JS Bootstrap jQuery Chart.js
Server Technologies:
Node.js Express Mongo MySQL DynamoDB NGINX
Media and Production:
Photoshop Illustrator Final Cut Pro Premiere Lightroom Logic Pro
Cloud Infrastructure:
AWS Heroku
Webapp Development:
React Vue EJS socket.io
Office:
Excel PowerPoint Numbers Keynote Google Sheets Google Slides
Favorite Languages:
JavaScript Python Java Octave Matlab

Teaching in Action

Gabe teaching students to program Baxter the robot how to stack colored blocks.
Students getting Baxter to stack nine blocks.
Building houses out of blocks with Baxter.

Gabe Abrams

Senior Software Engineer, Harvard University

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