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Yes, I'm looking for design research internships.

I'm a first year PhD student in Digital Media at Georgia Institute of Technology. I'm mostly interested in the critical design of digital media for civic engagement, and have also designed media and artifacts that engage children in informal learning environments. I have just started exploring the field of Service Design, and am thoroughly enjoying designing food related services with residents of the Westside Neighborhood in Atlanta. Previously, I've worked in the software industry as a developer and a user experience designer. Drop me a line and I'd be happy to talk to you about it or any of the other projects I'm working on.


Georgia Institute of Technology

PhD in Digital Media 2013 - Present

Research focussed on the critical design of digital media and their role in civic engagement settings. Also conducted workshops and designed services for residents of local communities as part of the ongoing research.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Masters in Human Computer Interaction - Graduated: 2011

Research focussed mainly on education technologies and the use of microcontrollers and sensors to build tangible, wearable and exertion interfaces that enhanced learning. Published a paper on "Evaluating technology that makes physical games for children more engaging" as part of my masters thesis.

Bangalore Institute of Technology

Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering - Graduated: 2005

Research focussed mainly on the understanding and building of operating systems. Electives included Linux Internals, Game Theory and Computer Architecture.


Part prototyper, part designer, I bring ideas to life.

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sketching
  • Critical Design
  • Education Technologies
  • Service Design
  • HTML5, CSS & Javascript
  • Electronics, Microcontrollers & Sensors
  • 3D Printer, Laser Cutter

My Work

Mapping Edible Weeds
Exertion Interface
Liquid Text
emBodied Digital Creativity
Electronic Puppets
Crimes Against Children



Mazalek, Ali, Michael Nitsche, Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Tim Welsh, Paul Clifton, Andrew Quitmeyer, Firaz Peer, Friedrich Kirschner. ‘Recognizing Your Self in Virtual Avatars’ International Journal of Art and Technology (IJART) 2013, 6, 1, 83-105.


Peer, Firaz., Mazalek, A., Mueller, F., Friedlander, A. 'Evaluating technology that makes physical games more engaging for children' , accepted at the Tenth International Conference on Interaction Design and Children 2011, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Mazalek, A., Nitsche, M., Chandrasekharan, S., Welsh, T., Clifton, P., Quitmeyer, A.,Peer, F., and Kirschner, F. 'I'm in the Game: Embodied Puppet Interface Improves Avatar Control' accepted at the Fifth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction 2011, Funchal, Portugal.

Mazalek, A., Nitsche, M., Rebola, C., Wu, A., Clifton, P., Peer, F., Drake, M. ‘Pictures at an Exhibition: A Physical/Digital Puppetry Performance Piece’ . In proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 2011, ACM, New York, NY.


Mazalek, A., Nitsche, M., Chandrasekharan, S., Welsh, T., Clifton, P., Quitmeyer, A.,Peer, F., and Kirschner, F. 'Recognizing self in puppet controlled virtual avatars' . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Fun and Games, 2010, Leuven, Belgium.


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Atlanta, GA