Mike Skirpan

Who Am I?

You can currently find me in Boulder, CO; though I call Pittsburgh, PA home. I research data ethics as a PhD student at CU-Boulder, do design and engineering work on technical art installations, and spend free time doing projects with CoLab. I asbolutely love writing sci-fi and thinking about analogies, narratives, and metaphors that translate engineering concepts between technical and non-technical audiences.

Recently, I wrote and co-produced a theater and engineering hybrid project that was a winner of the John S. and James L. Knight News Challenge on data. Our show, "Quantifed Self" brought audience members into the center of a sci-fi drama about the ethics of personal data use, where their own shared data personalized the experience. A passion project I put my free time into involves take care of a beauitful piece of land in Tennessee with a community of artists and engineers called CoLab. Other organizations I've recently worked with include Fast Forward Labs, on their Deep Learning report, and the Inclusive Design Institute prototyping an accessible, interactive data dashboard.

This website houses documentation for my projects, some of my writing, and an occassional blog to share thoughts and what I'm up to.

Recent Projects

Quantified Self: Immersive Data Experience

Quantified Self: Immersive Data Experience

We produced an immersive theater piece that incorporated personal data shared by the audience to customize the narrative and personalize 10 interactive installations within the set.

Spring 2016 - Now


In collaboration with Maotik, I did data engineering for the interactive, immersive installation "Flow," presented at Ars Electronica 2016.

September 2016
Research on Project-Based Learning and In-Class Hackathons

Research on Project-Based Learning and In-Class Hackathons

With my PhD advisor, Tom Yeh I helped redesign two upper-level college coding courses on Big Data and Rapid Prototyping.


Contact Me

Feel free to get in touch with me about my work or for collaboration or whatever else.

  • Inquiries related to my research at CU-Boulder: michael [dot] skirpan [at] colorado [dot] edu
  • Inquiries for contracting work or my art, design, or writing projects: doorsofskirpan [at] gmail [dot] com