Brian M. Winn is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information and Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University. Winn designs, creates, and researches interactive media, including game design, digital game-based learning and interactive health communication. Winn's expertise is in designing “meaningful games” that combine play and serious objectives. Winn’s award-winning interactive media work has been presented, exhibited, and experienced around the world. Winn is an accomplished teacher who became an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2001 and a Lilly Teaching Fellow in 2005. Winn is a co-founder and director of the undergraduate Game Design and Development program at Michigan State University, which is rated in the top game programs in North America by Princeton Review. Winn serves as a member of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council and a faculty advisor of the MSU SpartaSoft game developers student group.