Rick Valentin is a Professor of Creative Technologies in the School of Music at Illinois State University. He teaches courses in web design and development and collaborative project development. His research focuses on design thinking, participative decision-making and collaborative problem solving and how these concepts can be utilized in a pedagogical context. Rick has been a professional musician for over 30 years, having released 15 albums of original music with the bands Poster ChildrenThoughts Detecting Machines and Salaryman and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Technology has always played an essential role in his creative output, including pioneering work in enhanced CD design, web presence and podcasting (Radio Zero). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts in New Media from UIUC.   CV