Principal Investigators

Mega Subramaniam

Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth Experience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies (known as the iSchool) at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D in Information Studies from Florida State University and her master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Subramaniam’s research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of emerging digital literacies that are essential for STEM learning among underserved young people. She can be reached at


Linda W. Braun

Linda W. Braun is a Learning Consultant at LEO. Her work focuses on the design, implementation, and assessment of out of school time activities for youth and families. She can be reached at

Graduate Students

Nitzan Koren

Nitzan Koren is a Ph.D. student at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She earned an M.A. in Science Education from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Psychology from Bar Ilan University. Nitzan studies digital literacy, civic engagement, and informal learning environments. She uses participatory methods to design with youth. She can be reached at