Eric Zimmerman is an independent game designer and scholar; he is currently an arts professor at the NYU Game Center. Zimmerman has been working in the game industry for more than 16 years, creating award-winning games both on and off the computer. He is the co-author of Rules of Play (MIT Press, 2004) with Katie Salen, the definitive textbook in the field of game design and has been teaching game design since 1995. Zimmerman’s career highlights include Gamelab, a NYC-based game development studio he ran for nine years. Co-founded with Peter Lee, Gamelab created innovative games including the blockbuster hit Diner Dash. Gamelab spun off two successful companies: Gamestar Mechanic, an online site funded by the MacArthur Foundation that lets kids create games; and the Institute of Play, a nonprofit initiative that looks at the intersection of games and learning and which recently launched Quest to Learn, a New York City school using play as the model for learning. Prior to Gamelab, his game design work included the critically acclaimed SiSSYFiGHT 2000 and the PC title Gearheads.