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Matthew Schroyer

Matthew Schroyer

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I am the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists, located online at, which is an organization of more than 90 journalists and drone developers, from 19 countries who, who are seeking to integrate unmanned aircraft systems to augment reporting and journalism investigations. In addition to drones, I develop environmental sensor nodes for journalists, and open-source the work at

Full-time, I am a communications specialist, social network analyst, and drone developer for the $5 million National Science Foundation grant EnLiST (Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching and learning), at the University of Illinois. I track the learning networks of innovative teacher-leaders, and teach students how to design, fabricate, program and deploy drones to provide GIS and mapping services.


Location: Fleet Room
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When sensors are dirt cheap, yet air is dirtier than ever, how can you make a difference? Fueled by rapid prototyping and community fab labs, a journalist’s quest for data leads to a global initiative to cheaply quantify cancer-causing particulate matter. Case study and demo covers the DustDuino project from a toxic tire fire, to testing kitty litter, to training journalists for global deployment. Read more.