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Baxter K

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Texas Tech University


Mental Health, Material Science, Design, Consulting, User Interface, User Experience


My name is Baxter Krug, and I specialize in solving complex scientific problems with creative interdisciplinary solutions. I am a PhD researcher and instructor in technical communication where I focus on scientific invention and research ethics. Previously I earned degrees in chemistry and science education, and I've held industry jobs in those fields for several years. Throughout my career, I've worked alongside the Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations, and the American Chemical Society to improve science policy and acccessibility across the world. For my "hobby," I lead StarKrug R&D, a company I formed that creates solutions to everyday quality-of-life problems, primarily for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. We work directly with members of these communities to co-construct products that are easy to use and effectively tailored to their needs.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Minecraft as an Environmental Education tool

Do different styles of play represent different environmental positions? There are a ton of different ways to investigate this question. We could use computational methods to examine existing data online (Reddit, blogs, etc.), conduct interviews, or send out surveys. The student and mentor would collaboratively design and investigate this question.

AI-Assisted Personalized Learning System (AIPLS) for Inclusive and Adaptive Education in Classrooms

Introducing the AI-Assisted Personalized Learning System (AIPLS), an innovative classroom solution designed to revolutionize the educational experience for both students and teachers. By seamlessly integrating with existing technologies and employing advanced AI algorithms, AIPLS crafts customized learning plans tailored to each student's unique needs, learning styles, and preferences. This cutting-edge tool promises to boost student engagement, comprehension, and retention while simultaneously reducing the workload for educators. Empower your students to reach their full potential and transform your classroom into a vibrant hub of individualized learning with AIPLS.

Moral Bytes: AI Ethics Uncovered

Basically, let's have a podcast diving into the ethics of AI and our relationship with technology. An example description might be: "Join our inquisitive student hosts on Moral Bytes as they delve into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence and its ethical implications. From exploring the biases in AI algorithms to discussing the power dynamics in AI development, they'll engage experts, creators, and listeners in thought-provoking conversations that aim to shape the future of AI in a responsible and morally sound direction. Tune in, be inspired, and join the movement to ensure AI serves humanity ethically and justly."

Coding skills

Python, C++, HTML5, R, Java

Teaching experience

I have 6 years of teaching experience at the high school and undergraduate levels. I have mentored a wide variety of student research projects, most of which have gone on to be presented or published at major national venues.


Work experience

StarKrug Research and Development (2021 - Current)
Chief Operations Officer
United Nations (2019 - 2021)
Science Communicator
Angelo State University (2016 - 2020)
Environmental Chemist
Krug Metalworks (2013 - 2016)


Angelo State University
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Chemistry, Communication, Math
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
EdM Master of Education (2021)
Science Education
Texas Tech University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Technical Communication and Rhetoric

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