MSI student profile: Gabriel Krieshok

Gabriel Krieshok

"I believe that technology should conform to us, and not that we should conform to technology. I look at how different groups of people use technology, and in turn, what could be done to make their lives easier, healthier, and happier."

Gabriel Krieshok explores the impact of technology and society on social and economic development, both internationally and in the U.S., and will soon complete two master’s programs at the School of Information and the Ford School of Public Policy.

At UMSI, he has served as the UMSI student body president and has been active in various student-led organizations such as the Community Information Corps.

His coursework, projects, and internships have focused on the emerging intersection of information science, technological innovation, and global social and economic development.

In the summer of 2010, Gabe interned with the U.S. State Department in West Africa, where he led education workshops on optimizing digital materials for outreach and social media presence. That same summer, he was part of a UMSI-funded grant to research technology adoption in Namibia and Madagascar. This research produced two conference papers, one of which won a Best Paper award at the 2011 iSchool conference in Seattle.

In the summer of 2011, he interned at the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for African Affairs, where he assisted in a variety of data visualization and GIS projects. He also led a side project establishing the global equation for malaria-preventative bednet manufacturing statistics that incorporates social and technical deterioration of the nets themselves. This project culminated in the realization that, as of 2012, it was possible to meet the global need at sustainable manufacturing levels.

Gabe has recently been involved in a Ford Foundation research grant that investigates the effect of stimulus federal grant funding to broadband adoption grants in the U.S. During UMSI’s Alternative Spring Break program, he spent a week at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative providing data analysis and data organization of social media tools.

His experience as a graduate student instructor for two UMSI classes, including the Community Informatics Seminar, has led him to think that one day, after a few years working outside of academia, he’d like to become a professor of technology economics.

He grew up in Kansas and received a B.A. in anthropology and French literature from the University of Kansas. Before coming to the University of Michigan in 2009, he served as a volunteer leader with the Peace Corps in Madagascar and taught English in France for a year.

Gabriel Krieshok at expoSItion

Gabe recently led a project on 3D printing technologies for the developing world, which he and his team presented at expoSItion in March. He helped establish a group of students to compete in the Digital Media and Learning Competition, which made it to the final round of judging in San Francisco in late March. Learn more about Gabe’s expoSItion project in this video.

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