A primary activity of the institute is to award Coleman Institute Student Fellowships. Many of these fellowships are tied to federally funded research grants and are awarded as a leveraging match to augment competitive faculty proposals. Dozens of students have been supported by the Coleman Institute through the matching program and Coleman Fellows are often named as part of a capacity-building commitment.
The 2018 Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities Fellows are: Annika Muehlbradt and Shawn Polson.
Annika is a PhD student devoted to researching accessible, mobile, and wearable technologies. She received her BS in Computer Science and Applied Computing Technology from Colorado State University. Before joining CU in 2016, she spent five years in industry where she worked on a variety of software engineering and product development projects ranging from virtual desktop solutions to accelerated graphics processing technologies. Muehlbradt’s current work focuses on developing a software framework that enables educators to create accessible graphical representations that combine audio descriptions with kinetic motion, called audio-kinetic graphics.
Shawn Polson is a full-stack developer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing code since 2009 and is doing his graduate studies in Computer Science at CU Boulder. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from CU too. Polson’s primary interests are space science and bringing the technology of the future to everyone. He is employed at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), where he concentrates on back-end functional and object-oriented programming, but he also has an affinity for web development with a focus on universal design.
Several recent accomplishments include: building the “Martian Autonomous Routing System (M.A.R.S.)” for NASA’s JPL, leading a six-student team in the accessibility-geared web development competition the 2018 OpenAIR Rally, and prototyping an app that controls the iPhone X with face gestures. More information about Polson or his recent works can be found at: www.ShawnPolson.com.