Jacob Kelter
Jacob Kelter

Graduate Student - learning about learning

I'm currently in my second year as a PhD student in the combined Learning Sciences and Computer Science program at Northwestern University.

The goal of learning sciences is to understand how people learn, and then using that understanding to improve education. Computer science pairs well with Learning Sciences for two main reasons. First, we can use computers to build powerful learning tools, especially by giving students greater ability to create things themselves. Second, we can use computers to model and understand learning processes.

I currently work on three projects as part of the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling. (1) I am part of the CT-STEM project in which we work with high school science and math teachers to co-design science curricula that include computational modeling and data analysis practices. (2) I work with materials science professors to co-design computational models of materials science phenomena (such as diffusion in solids and semi-conductor behavior) and to incorporate them into the curriculum. (3) I am working on agent-based models of quadratic voting to explore situations that are difficult to model with the traditional mathematical tools of economics.


Before starting my PhD, I co-founded Rise Science, to help people improve their performance and life quality by improving their sleep. Sleep is not a waste of time. It restores, heals, repairs, and prepares the body and mind. I try to get at least 7 hours a night! I'm currently an advisor to the company.