As a professor who practices what he preaches, Amos has over 20 years' experience building things, both practical and whimsical. His most rewarding professional validation to date was standing on a crowded NYC subway surreptitiously looking down at a seated passenger reading a Metro newspaper article about himself and his work. That happened only once, though Amos has been responsible for the research, strategy, design, and implementation of dozens of popular apps, websites, and marketing campaigns on behalf of a wide range of clients, from the UN to Facebook and Microsoft, from Amex to Juicy Couture, from MTV to Amazon, and on to small non-profits and tech startups whose names are rightly forgotten to history. His own award-winning non-commercial creative work has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Wired, etc, etc.
Amos began programming games on his dad's computer for fun at the age of 12. He now holds a Master's from NYU's prestigious Interactive Telecommunications Program, and received the first-ever Bachelor's in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
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- 3 Industry Experience
- 4 Education
- 5 Interests and Activities
- 6 Awards & Honors
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Clinical Associate Professor
New York University
251 Mercer Street, Room 424
New York, NY 10012
- amos at cs dot nyu dot edu
Open office hours
- Mondays 3:30 - 5:30PM and by appointment
New York University, Department of Computer Science
2011 – , New York, NY
- 2019 - Present, Clinical Associate Professor
- 2013 – 2019, Clinical Assistant Professor
- 2011 – 2013, Adjunct Faculty
Training the next generation of engineers, designers, and hackers. Teaching applied courses in software engineering, computer science, web design, database design, computer programming, and interactive product design with custom electronic circuits.
New York University, School of Professional Studies
2005 – 2015, New York, NY
- Adjunct Faculty
Training professionals of all levels of seniority in intensive crash courses focused on web, databases, and application development.
New York University, Department of Neural Science
2004 – 2005
- Teaching Assistant / Lab Assistant
Dissecting brains, playing with rats, helping students understand the links between psychology, cognition, and neural science.
Founder / Chief, WONKledge
September 2018 - Present, New York, NY
WONK flips the education model backwards, quite literally. WONK is a blockchain incentive-based economic platform for students and teachers to each expand their knowledge without being forced into debt. By separating cost from knowledge, and establishing a new concept of value in education, WONK allows teachers to teach whomever they choose however they choose, and allows anyone anywhere to learn from the best while not trapping anyone into any one organization or system.
Founder / Chief, Plastic Past LLC
December 2007 – Present, New York, NY
Principal of a high-end interactive design consultancy advising clients in research, business analysis, user research, experience design, service design, and the goal-oriented engineering of apps and ecosystems. Building relationships with a wide range of clients, from direct work with Fortune 500’s, to vendor work for larger tech firms and ad agencies, and bootstrapping with small start-ups and cultural institutions.
Award-winning client work. In-house "experimental" work has been featured in the The New York Times, New York Magazine, Metro, and Time Out New York.
Co-Founder/Director of Product, Esprsso Inc.
May 2007 – April 2008 (1 year), New York, NY
Co-founder and chief technical architect of Esprsso, the first-of-its kind social feed and news reader based on RSS technology, designed to give you a personalized 'shot' of the news. As featured in New York Law Review.
Co-Founder/Toy Designer, Codependent Designs
May 2004 – April 2007, New York, NY
Inventor of Needies, interactive plush dolls inspired by codependent, high-maintenance relationships. As featured in Forbes.com, Match.com, AdWeek, Metro, and the Canada National Post.
Technology Consultant, United Nations
November 2005 – May 2006, New York, NY
Primary consultant on two projects in Peacekeeping Operations to implement a major push by the organization to develop new technologies for information sharing and knowledge management.
Software Engineer, Microsoft
October 1999 – September 2000, Redmond, WA
Lead interface designer and developer for Digital Broadcast Manager, the first integrated e-commerce solution for securing, managing, and streaming digital audio and video.
Software Engineer, Comet Systems Inc
September 1998 – August 1999, New York, NY
Lead interface developer for Comet Cursor, a deceptively simple product which we developed, at that time, into the most successful web browser plugin in the history of the internet.
Masters in Interactive Telecommunications
- New York University, 2005
Bachelors in Brain & Cognitive Sciences
- University of Rochester, 1997
- Tarrytown, NY, 1993
Interests and Activities
Master vintner at Château Bloomberg.
Waking, running, biking, skiing. On occasion, I break out the old unicycle.
- Arts & Crafts home restorationion
- Sauna design
Studied classical guitar for many years, first with private instruction from a professor from the Manhattan School of Music and then at the Eastman School of Music. Years ago, I used to occasionally release experimental concept albums, including Normal Music For Strange People and The Complete Dance Party.
- Advisor, Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY
- Campaign Manager, Andy Maskin's 2018 run for Governor of Kansas
Awards & Honors
Gold Best Award for work with SS+K on Promote Iceland's Let It Out! Effie Awards June 2021
Tolley Medal for work with SS+K and Mark Morris Dance Group on Moving Through Glass Syracuse University School of Education 2 June 2016
Merit Award for UX/UI work with SS+K and Mark Morris Dance Group on Moving Through Glass The One Show 13 May 2016
Honorable Mention for Moving Through Glass User Experience Awards 16 November 2015
Silver Pencil Award for UX/UI work with SS+K for AFL-CIO's Work Connects Us All The One Show 2012
FWA Site of the Day for AFL-CIO's Work Connects Us All FWA 27 March 2012
Best Social Media Campaign with Profero for Lufthansa's MySkyStatus Simpliflying Awards 4 October 2010
Best of NYC®: Best Real-Life Video Game Award for Pac-Manhattan Village Voice 2004
Winner, Photo of The Year The Saab Network 2001
Olson, Matthew. Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later US Gamer 26 May 2020
The UX of Parkinson's Disease Invision App Blog 11 August 2017
The UX of Parkinson's Disease True North Podcast 11 August 2017
Abbasi, Jennifer. Augmented Reality Takes Parkinson Disease Dance Therapy Out Of The Classroom The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Volume 317, Number 4 24 January 2017
Beer, Jeff. A New Google Glass App Uses Augmented Reality, And Dance, to Help Parkinson's Sufferers FastCo Create 30 June 2015
Chang, Geoffrey. Save The Last Dance For Google Glass Parkinson's Life 25 June 2015
Eugenios, Jillian. There's Finally Something Awesome To Do With Google Glass CNN Money 10 June 2015
After Rochester, Alumni Reflect Campus Times 30 October 2014
Apparel's Top Innovators: Juicy Couture Apparel Mag May 2010
Patel, Kunar. Your Social-Media Vacation Message System Advertising Age 26 October 2009
Morrissey, Brian. Lufthansa Tool Takes Twitter to 30,000 Feet AdWeek 12 October 2009
Cashmore, Pete. Now Planes are Tweeting Too Mashable 10 Oct 2009
Get Your Own Lil' Lohan College Candy 24 November 2007
Hebert, Neal. My Lil Lohan is Facebook Dynamite The Daily Reveille 14 November 2007
Marghitu, Stefanie and Barnett, John. My Lil Lohan Indiana Daily Student 12 November 2007
Navigate NYC: Which Route Is Faster Time Out New York 8 November 2007
Rundle, Michael. Even The Subway's On Facebook Metro 28 August 2007
Kabak, Benjamin. subways are in ur facebook, updatin’ ur transit alerts Second Avenue Sagas 23 August 2007
Chan, Sewell. A Site Where Subway Riders Can Compare Notes (And Complain, Too) New York Times 23 August 2007
Facebook To Reduce Rage, Increase Hookups On Subway New York Magazine 22 August 2007
Shryock, Ricci. An Interactive Toy Story by Ricci Shryock Metropolis 24 April 2007
Talcott, Kelly. Keeping Up With Content From Blogs New York Law Journal 17 April 2007
Holloway, Daniel. Misfit Toys Metro 16 February 2006
Hoffman, Leah. The Needies Need You To Need Them Forbes 23 December 2005
Five Networked Art Projects Forbes 4 November 2005
Ziegler, Chris. Tickle Me Elmo With An Inferiority Complex OC Weekly 24 June 2005
Teen People Hot List Teen People 10 June 2005
Taher, Abul. Pac-Manhattan The Evening Standard 12 May 2004
Manhattan Gets Pac-Man Wired 10 May 2004
St. John, Warren. Quick, After Him: Pac-Man Went Thataway New York Times 9 May 2004
Peale, Ean. Apple Corps Goes to the Farm The New York Times 30 September 1979