About the Author



The Mental Munition Factory is produced by Matthew Schroyer, instructional technologist at the Center for Learning and Teaching at Oklahoma City Community College, who develops small unmanned aircraft systems (or drones) and environmental sensors for journalism, makerspaces, and higher education.

In November 2011, he founded the Professional Society of Drone Journalists (PSDJ), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering done journalists, which located online at DroneJournalism.org.

As a journalist, he has written for newspapers, alternative newsweeklies and news websites about presidential campaigns, energy, pollution, local politics, public housing, poverty, musicians, school board meetings and assorted slices of life.

He holds a master's in journalism University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he was a contributor to CU-CitizenAccess.org, a community news website funded by the Knight Foundation. While a graduate student, he taught journalism and contributed to CampusCrime.net, an interactive web site using data journalism practices to report on crime at the U of I, which won an Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

Additionally, he conducted an investigation of how pollution from old, coal-fired power plants affeced the health of families in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, and used public records to show how south-side children had the greatest exposure to lead in Chicago.

After earning his master's degree, from 2011 to 2015, he worked at a National Science Foundation grant at the University of Illinois called Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching and learning, or EnLiST. There, he worked as a social network analyst, documenting the effectiveness of professional development and tracking the emergence of entrepreneurial teacher leaders through the lifecycle of the initiative. Additionally for EnLiST, Schroyer created the first “Drones for Schools” program, which taught core science and engineering concepts behind unmanned aerial systems while high school students design, fabricate, and deploy their own robotic aircraft to map and study the environment.

Presently, Schroyer works at Oklahoma City Community College in the Center for Learning and Teaching, where he facilitates the identification and implementation of innovative and emerging educational technologies as well as assisting faculty with application of the technologies in the classroom

Schroyer has spoken on unmanned technology, sensors, the maker movement, and drone and data journalism at a number of professional seminars over the years, and has been a source for many news outlets and media organizations, including The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Slate, Newsweek, Poynter, The Daily Beast, several NPR affiliate stations, and the science journal Nature.

email: mschroyer@gmail.com
twitter: @matthew_ryan

 IN THE MEDIA
PAPER CITATIONS

CONFERENCES
  • Schroyer, M. (214). Pardon Our Dust: Bringing Air Quality Sensors and Data to the People Through Fab Labs. Presented at the first O'Reilly Solid Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Schroyer, M. (2014). O uso de drones na sociedade. A 7a edição do Fórum Internacional de TI Banrisul, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Schroyer, M., Abd-El-Khalick, F., Martin, A. (2014) A Longitudinal, District-Wide, Social Network Analysis of the Impact of Science Teacher Leaders. Paper presented to the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Haythornthwaite, C., Gao, W., Abd-El-Khalick, F., Schroyer, M. & Martin, A. (2014). Networks of change: Learning from peers about science teaching. Paper presented at the 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Big Island, HI.
  • Pitt, F., Parvaz, D., Tahir, M., Corcoran, M., Schroyer, M., Dewar, M., Syed, N. (Oct. 12, 2013). Design A Drone Journalism Mission. Working group at the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, New York, NY.
  • Schroyer, M. (2013). sUAS Opportunities in Research, New Media, and Public Outreach. Presented at the first annual Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
  • Schroyer, M. (2013). Drone Journalism. Presented at UAVs Pros-Cons, Toronto, Canada.
  • Schroyer, M. (2013). Drones for Good. Presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, Toronto, Canada. 
  • Abd El Khalick, F., Schroyer, M., Martin, A., Haythornthwaite, C. (2013). Effecting ‘Reform’ through Transformations in District-Wide Science Teacher Learning Networks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
  • North, M. Schroyer, M. (2013). Re-Imagining Toys: Merging the Physical & Digital. Presentation at South by Southwest, Austin, TX.
  • Abd El Khalick, F., Schroyer, M., Martin, A., Haythornthwaite, C. (2013). Monitoring Transformations in District-Wide Teacher Learning Networks through Social Network Analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership. Washington, D.C.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Haythornthwaite, C., Martin, A., Schroyer, M., Phelps, K. (2012). Characterizing district-wide teachers’ science learning networks: silos and barriers to change and innovation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Abd-El-Khalick, F., Frericks, C., Haythornthwaite, C., Schroyer, M., Price, R., Martin, A., Bergandine, D. (2012). Understanding Barriers to Change and Innovation in STEM Teaching and Learning: Silos and District-wide Teacher Learning Networks. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership. Washington, D.C.
  •  Abd-El-Khalick, F., Price, R., Martin, A., Schroyer, M., Bergandine, D. (2012) Entrepreneurial Leadership in STEM Teaching and learning. Poster presented to the annual National Science Foundation MSP Learning Network Conference, Washington, D.C.
EDUCATION
  • M.S., Journalism. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2011.
  • B.S., Mass Communications (specialization in print and electronic media). Minor in creative writing. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2008.
  • [Additional undergraduate education in mechanical engineering, including courses in Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Programming, Dynamics, Physics, Statics, Statistics]
AWARDS
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Mark of Excellence, Online News Reporting, National Winner, 2010
  • Illinois College Press Association, second-place award for in-depth reporting, 2008
  • St. Louis Newspaper Guild Award, 2008
  • St. Louis Press Club Award, 2007
SEMESTERS RANKED EXCELLENT INSTRUCTOR BY STUDENTS
  • Fall 2010: JOUR200, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign