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 Interactive Telecommunications Program, and received the first-ever Bachelor’s in Brain & Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.
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
- Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:30PM and by appointment.
New York University, Department of Computer Science
2011 – , New York, NY
- 2023 - ?, ?
- 2019 - 2023, Clinical Associate Professor
- 2013 – 2019, Clinical Assistant Professor
- 2011 – 2013, Adjunct Faculty
Training the next generation of engineers, designers, and hackers. Teaching courses in software engineering, agile software development & devops, computer science, web design, database design and implementation, computer programming, and physical computing. Award-winning innovation in teaching and student engagement. Research in education automation.
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, Wikistreets.io
September 2020 - Present, New York, NY
Wikistreets is a social mapping application used by individuals and organizations to create quick maps with markers, notes, photos, and videos. Social features allow real-time collaboration, commenting, forking, and more. Support for open technologies, including Markdown, GeoJSON. Free and open source for all. Example maps include:
- a map of a family trip to Washington D.C.
- a map of chili peppers
- a map of a local municipality’s damaged sidewalks desperately awaiting repair
- anatomy of Vermeer’s The MilkMaid
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 agencies, and bootstrapping with small start-ups and cultural institutions. Recent clients include CBRE, Imagine Learning, Convene, and the tourism board of Iceland.
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 engineer 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 acoustic unicycle, but mostly I ride my electric unicycle.
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.
- Member, Governance Policy Committee, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. October 2022 - March 2023
- Member, Contract Faculty Policy Committee, NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. October 2020 - December 2022
- Advisor, Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee, village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. 2018 - Present.
- Campaign Manager, Andy Maskin’s 2018 run for Governor of Kansas
Awards & Honors
Teaching Innovation Award for my design of the Agile Software Development & DevOps course.
NYU Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences,
Gold Best Award for work with M&C Saatchi on Iceland’s Let It Out!
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,
FWA Site of the Day for AFL-CIO’s Work Connects Us All
27 March 2012
Best Social Media Campaign with Profero for Lufthansa’s MySkyStatus
4 October 2010
Best of NYC®: Best Real-Life Video Game Award for Pac-Manhattan
Winner, Photo of The Year
The Saab Network,
Croft, Jay. Feeling frustrated? Then scream your head off in Iceland’s vast wilderness CNN,
18 July 2020
Jardine, Alexandra. Iceland is Releasing Your Screams of Lockdown Frustration All Around the Country
16 July 2020
Olson, Matthew. Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later
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
30 June 2015
Chang, Geoffrey. Save The Last Dance For Google Glass
25 June 2015
Eugenios, Jillian. There’s Finally Something Awesome To Do With Google Glass
10 June 2015
- After Rochester, Alumni Reflect
30 October 2014
- Apparel’s Top Innovators: Juicy Couture
Patel, Kunar. Your Social-Media Vacation Message System
26 October 2009
Morrissey, Brian. Lufthansa Tool Takes Twitter to 30,000 Feet
12 October 2009
Cashmore, Pete. Now Planes are Tweeting Too
10 Oct 2009
Get Your Own Lil’ Lohan
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
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
24 April 2007
Talcott, Kelly. Keeping Up With Content From Blogs
New York Law Journal,
17 April 2007
- Holloway, Daniel. Misfit Toys
16 February 2006
Hoffman, Leah. The Needies Need You To Need Them
23 December 2005
Five Networked Art Projects
4 November 2005
Ziegler, Chris. Tickle Me Elmo With An Inferiority Complex
24 June 2005
Teen People Hot List
10 June 2005
Taher, Abul. Pac-Manhattan
The Evening Standard,
12 May 2004
Manhattan Gets Pac-Man
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