About the Author

“A man who has the knowledge but lacks the power to express it is no better off than if he never had any ideas at all.”
—Attributed to the Athenian statesman Pericles
(in Thucydides' A History of the Peloponnesian War,
circa 390 BCE)

Welcome to Augmented Me, a blog investigating the ways in which modern technologies are shifting our interpersonal relationships, the ways in which we interact with the world, and the very nature of our thoughts themselves. I am Kevin P. Trovini , a teacher, runner, father, and lifelong nerd.

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Working in my office at school
Education and career

In college, I worked for a summer at Motorola and for two more summers as a documentation specialist for VisionTek, a computer memory manufacturer. After earning my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame (a double major in English and Computer Applications), I worked as a consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young before leaving during an economic downturn to complete my Master of Arts in English from Eastern Michigan University.

Working as an adjunct faculty member at a local college during the final semester of my master's program, I took a chance on a full-time faculty position. Despite competing against over a hundred other applicants, I was offered the job and began my academic career in 2004. Now a tenured member of the faculty, I am fortunate enough to work in a profession where I love what I do and feel it makes a difference in individuals' lives.

I primarily teach courses in Business and Technical Writing, composition, research writing, and literature. I have taught courses in the Honors Program, including the capstone Great Works class, as well as a literature course in cyberpunk fiction. My scholarly interests involve topics found at the intersection of technology, culture, philosophy, and literature. I was the recipient of the 2010 Faculty Lectureship Award, for which I delivered a presentation entitled "Visions of the Future: the Intersection and Cross-Influence of Literature, Technology, and Popular Culture." I earned repeat honors in 2014, presenting a talk entitled "Augmented Me: Wearable Computing, Augmented Reality, and Digital Technologies in the Twenty-First Century."

Completing a trail marathon

I am also a distance runner. My earliest memory of participating in a race is of a children's event when I was maybe five years old. I ran cross country and track in middle and high school, and I completed my first marathon at the Big Sur International Marathon in 1996. I have since completed nine additional marathons, numerous 5-person 100K relay runs, and five ultramarathon trail events ranging from 50K (31-miles) to 50 miles.

On the farm with my girls

Fatherhood is another significant facet of my life, as my two young daughters keep me on my toes and help me rediscover the joy of innocent curiosity. Raising them has given my wife and me a great excuse to go to museums, zoos, water parks, and camp sites. They have also helped me think about the manifold ways in which various technologies have shaped our culture and our daily lives--they will never have known a world without the Internet, GPS, smart phones, touchscreen devices, and digital photography. When they are my age, what technologies will they surprised to realize that their children have never lived without? It is sure going to be fun to find out.