Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Assistant Professor Julie Kientz opened her office door in Sieg Hall to find a surprise this morning: she had entered a level of Super Mario Brothers! A pixel-perfect world complete with Kientz represented as Mario, her husband as Luigi, and their daughter as Toadstool.
Kientz's new office even plays the Mario theme song when the castle has been conquered and flag has been reached. Kientz's PhD students transformed her office to congratulate her on her promotion to Associate Professor this year.
Pictured: Matt Kay (CSE PhD), Kyle Rector (CSE PhD), Hyewon Suh (HCDE PhD), John Porter (HCDE PhD), Julie Kientz, and Jared Bauer (iSchool PhD). Not pictured Mario-transformation collaborators: Alexis Hiniker (HCDE PhD), Kiley Sobel (HCDE PhD), and Eun Kyoung Choe (iSchool PhD).