About Us

Our Mission

SMALLab Learning was founded in 2010 with the mission of advancing embodied learning in schools, museums, and the home. Our products include SMALLab and Flow. SMALLab Learning strives to create the most effective embodied learning experiences for schools to help advance student learning. Our kinesthetic, collaborative, and multimodal scenarios enable learning with technology that is engaging and interesting to students with a record of demonstrated success.

Leadership Team

Dr. David Birchfield :: Chief Executive Officer

Dr. David BirchfieldDr. David Birchfield is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer.  He has led the SMALLab research and development effort since 2005.  In that role he has managed a multi-million dollar budget, working with government agencies, foundations, industry partners, schools, and museums.

Dr. Birchfield received his Doctorate in Music from Columbia University.  He has a background in digital media and performance. His research focuses on real-time interactivity and experiential media system design as applied to creative and educational spaces. This work includes K-12 learning, games, interface design and generative mechanisms for media.

John Trionfo :: Chief Operating Officer

trionfo_headshotJohn Trionfo is a market development executive with 23 years of experience in visionary sales, developing new markets, building and scaling sales teams and reinvigorating underperforming products and divisions. He has worked for several startups and specializes in bringing products to market in a manner that enables early adoption and scalability.  His expertise spans a broad range of areas including commercial and federal sales, marketing, engineering, operations, forecasting, and strategic planning.

Cyndi Boyd :: Operations and Account Manager

Cyndi BoydCyndi Boyd is an Account Manager. She has 18 years of experience involved with management of operations, sales & marketing, and customer service. She holds an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship and a particular interest in working with children, enhancing their learning capabilities through technology and interactive learning experiences to build critical thinking skills.

Dr. Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz :: STEM Consultant

Dr. Colleen Megowan-RomanowiczDr. Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Subject Matter Expert for SMALLab Learning. With over 20 years experience as a secondary science and mathematics educator, she bridges the divides between research, classroom teaching practice and digital media programming.

Megowan-Romanowicz earned her PhD in Physics Education Research at Arizona State University. Her research interest is in distributed, representationally-mediated and embodied cognition. She has worked closely with the SMALLab research team since 2007 and is currently studying the role of embodiment in physics learning. She has directed two NSF grant projects and authored a successful NSF proposal in the area of STEM teacher education.

Dr. Mina Johnson-Glenberg :: Co-founder

Dr. Mina Johnson-GlenbergDr. Johnson-Glenberg is an original co-founder of SMALLab Learning.  She has received four SBIR grants and served for eight years as the President and CEO of the NeuronFarm, LLC, an educational software company.  She has served on several entrepreneurship panels and mentored students at The Weinert Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Dr. Johnson-Glenberg received her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has published on intellectual disabilities, neural networks, and text comprehension. Her recent research includes heading up assessment and interaction design. She is also a faculty member in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University where she teaches courses like, “The Psychology of e-Learning and Gaming”.

Who Created SMALLab?

SMALLab was developed over a period of several years by an interdisciplinary team of dedicated faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering.  SMALLab is a product of the collaborative vision of these designers, educators, researchers, artists, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists, musicians, and dancers.

Inventor and Co-Inventors:

David Birchfield (Lead), Mina Johnson-Glenberg, Colleen Megowan, Ellen Campana, Kelly Phillips, Loren Olson, Gang Qian, Christopher Martinez, Lisa Tolentino, Sarah Hatton


Wilhelmina Savenye, Aisling Kelliher, Harvey Thornburg, Assegid Kidane, Thomas Ciufo, Aaron Cuthbertson, Huan Jin, Gary Minyard, Philippos Savvides, Andreea Danielescu, Tatyana Koziupa, David Lorig