About Elena Maria Piech:
Elena Maria Piech is a senior Emerging Media major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She has a passion for storytelling, virtual reality, augmented reality, and market research. Elena has taken courses in storytelling, 3D modeling, and user experience design. Once she graduates, Elena would love to work with VR and AR. Specifically, she’s interested in understanding how these new technologies can be utilized in the education and entertainment sectors.
Elena is the recipient of the Park Scholarship, a full ride scholarship awarded to students that have a passion for media, new technology, and serving others. As a communications student, Elena considers herself to be a multifaceted storyteller. Her news and feature stories produced for WICB, Ithaca College’s radio station, have won awards from both the Syracuse Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. Last fall she worked with a team of journalists to film, edit, and produce a documentary about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for WKNO, a PBS affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee. She also reported at the 2016 Presidential Inauguration with PBS NewsHour.