Allison Druin is Co-Director of the Future of Information Alliance; Professor in the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies and HCIL; and ADVANCE Professor, Senior STEM Women’s Council. Previously she was Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) where for 5 years she led an interdisciplinary lab of 50 faculty, staff, and students from 8 colleges and 2 institutes. Her own research over the last two decades has focused on developing new technologies for children with children as design partners. With this team, she has helped to developed new digital library and storytelling tools with such partners as the U.S. National Park Service, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Nokia, UNICEF, and many others. She has additionally received funding from Google to investigate the roles through which children and adults search for information on the internet.