Nancy N. Blackburn, MEAE. (Ph.D. expected 2025)

University Instructor | Technical Game Designer | Researcher

My research is focused on how meaningful play can improve our lives through the creation and practical application of game design theory. As an associate instructor for the Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) department (in the College of Engineering) at the University of Utah, I teach game design and gameplay principles.

Courses, Instructor of Record

  • EAE 63360-001 Game Engineering III (Spring 2022)
    • Updated curriculum alongside engineering faculty
  • EAE 4900-006 The Psychology of Games (Spring 2021)
    • Co-created course with Dr. Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera
  • EAE: Game Design and Game Curriculum (Summer 2020)
    • Designed curriculum for teen and preteen novice game developers

Research Interests

  • Serious Game Design
  • Serious Games
  • Game Design
  • Meaningful Play

  • Human-Centered Computing (HCC/HCI)
  • Computational Models


My priorities are faith & family first, career next, and creating, playing, and having fun ALWAYS!