Cynthia Calongne


Cynthia Calongne, D.CS, known as Lyr Lobo, is Professor of Doctoral Studies at Colorado Technical University and teaches computer science for CCCS. Dr. Calongne is a researcher, author and speaker with over 250 conference presentations.

She received the Thinkerer award at the 2017 Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education for her commitment to learning, community, and education in 3D immersive environments. In 2010, her team won the 25,000 grand prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for their Mars space simulation, which led to her collaboration on Bar Karma, a TV series by Will Wright, famous for The Sims© and SimCity©.

Today, she supports ISTE’s Games and Simulations Network, organizes the OpenSimulator Community Conference, serves as Education Chair of the Nonprofit Commons Board, and conducts research at Virtual Harmony.

In 2007-2009, she mentored 400-1000 8th grade students with Peggy Sheehy at Ramapo on Second Life’s Teen Grid and supported immersive roleplay game designs for literature studies and libraries. In 2005, she completed an artificial intelligence project for San Juan College and the National Science Foundation.

EDUCAUSE Publications

EDUCAUSE Presentations