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Dr. Pete Markiewicz

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My background is in science. I originally graduated with a doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Chicago. Later, I research multivalent vaccines, and ultimately landed at UCLA, where I studied protein structure and evolution under Dr. Jeffry Miller. In late 1993, I made a huge career shift from biology to Interactive Design and Development. I left UCLA to co-found Indiespace (formerly Kaleidospace) with Jeannie Novak. Indiespace went online in March 1994, and was the first web-based arts & entertainment company to sell indie products. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Indiespace was the prototype for modern video and music streaming websites. The site is still available today at http://www.indiespace.com. In addition to Indiespace, I also co-wrote three books on the Internet, technology, and entertainment with Jeannie Novak available on Amazon.

I have a strong interest in generations, and beginning in the early 2000s, I worked with William Strauss & Neil Howe of Lifecourse Associates, the creators of the “Millennial” generation concept. I was a co-writer of their book “Millennials and the Pop Culture” from 2006, which predicted many of the trends we see in Millennials today. I also developed seminars on the Millennial Generation, pop culture, and virtual worlds for USC's CTM Programs at the Marshall School of Business.

In 2005, I was a Team Leader for Team Robomonster, a robotic, self-driving rock vehicle entered in the DARPA 2005 Grand Challenge. The team, composed mostly of Web Design and Development students, made it to the second of three rounds in the contest. Currently, I teach Interactive and Web Design at the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles. I also do freelance consulting work with web, game, and virtual reality companies.

In the last few years, my web experience led me to become concerned with the long-term sustainability of the online word. My main interest here is extending web sustainability beyond web performance (WPO) alone, to create a framework for sustainability modeled on those found in other fields including Architecture and Industrial Design. I’ve also been developing “Green Boilerplate” – a concept for a sustainable web architecture that can be used as a starting point for web-based projects.

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