Our Student Digital Life Team

Michael Buchmann

Michael holds a long history of customer service and technology assistance. He joined Emory in 2013 to oversee the Student Technology Support team which assists students with their personal digital devices. His other duties include Incident Management, Knowledge Management, and the Back to School event for incoming students. Michael’s previous troubleshooting and technician experience include camera and automotive repair.

Derek Butler

Derek is an Academic Technology Specialist with a diverse background in networks, desktop,servers, storage and AV.  A longtime Emory employee, he has worked in both the Academic and Healthcare environments.  In his current role, he supports existing and new technology infrastructure projects, research and implementation of emerging technologies, and server applications.  Derek graduated from Georgia State University with a BS in Music Business and Recording Engineering.  He enjoys hiking, running, gardening, DIY, and traveling with his wife and son.

Dawn Francis-Chewning

Dawn is an Emory College alumna and has been with Academic Technology Services since 2008, managing projects as lead analyst before joining the Student Digital Life team in 2013. She works with students, faculty and staff to ensure successful outcomes and positive connections. Off hours are spent involved in community service, sitting on the Board for Intown Collaborative Ministries and chairing their annual Auction.  She loves to garden, read, is an avid recycler and charter member of Emory's Sustainability Representatives.

Rhodia Hernandez

Rho is the Computer Labs Coordinator and the newest member to the SDL Team. While pursuing her degree from Auburn University, she had her first experience with the technology world while providing hardware and software support to faculty and staff machines. When she’s not in her cube deploying new computer images and updates or solving first-world technology problems, she can be found walking her dog on the Beltline, enjoying music festivals and concerts, or exploring the Atlanta food scene.

Robin Horton

Robin probably would have been a thane in a past life. Strong chance it was a skald, maybe a thane. I mean, look at him. That beard screams some sort of Scottish or Viking ancestry. Whether a Scottish gallowglass or maybe a Varangian pirate, now Robin pillages technology from far and wide to be used in the TechLab. A place for people to see and experience new tech and apply it to academic life .

Robert Kruse

Robert has been at Emory since 2004. He is currently responsible for supporting the EaglePrint service and has been in this role since 2013. Prior to this role he worked as a Desktop Support Consultant for Residence Life & Housing from 2004-2009 and then as the Coordinator for the Student Technology Support desk from 2009-2013. In his spare time he is a member of a nearby Olympic Weightlifting club and a volunteer coach. He has competed regionally and nationally, and has also coached athletes in international competitions. He was also a founding member of the Emory Weightlifting Club.

Alex Kyrychenko

Alex is the Woodruff Library Learning Commons and the MediaLab coordinator. In these roles, he provides support for learning, research, collaboration, and creativity in the largest tech-infused student hub on campus. Alex has been involved with educational technology at Emory since 2005. He holds an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine and a Ph.D. in religion and history from Emory. Alex is also an Apple Certified Technical Coordinator. His professional publications include topics on using technology in scholarly research and on Learning Commons support service models.

Tara McCurley

Tara is the Coordinator for the Computing Center at Cox Hall, responsible for the center’s daily operations, student staff, classroom scheduling, events and exhibitions, and future planning. She has worked at Emory since 2009, beginning at Robert W. Woodruff Library and later joining the Student Digital Life team in 2013. Tara has a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, which she earned after a 7-year career as a professional ballet dancer. She continues to spend most evenings and weekends in the dance studio, both taking and teaching classes.


Amelia Stagg        E-mail

Amelia is the Student Digital Life intern, mainly providing support in TechLab. While a student at Emory, she worked at the Computing Center at Cox Hall. Now an Emory College alumna, she hopes to use her post-grad free time to explore Atlanta and cook delicious vegan chili. Amelia loves creating, with a passion for embroidery, and is excited to learn more about digital maker tools, especially 3D printing.