Karen Cooper is a Research Scientist for Future Workforce Technologies and Strategies at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). She is currently leading a NAWCAD strategic studies team in both future workforce efforts and in virtual world (VW) exploration. She serves as Horizontal Integrator across NAWCAD sites. She also represents NAWCAD as the principal on VW investigation, collaboration, and partnering. She has taught, held speaking engagements, and participated in conference panels in VWs. Karen holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses include the most emergent technologies - virtual worlds, mobiles, serious games, participatory architectures - and their impact on our 21st century learner, worker and service person.