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Eric Hackathorn

Eric Hackathorn

Eric Hackathorn

Program Manager, NOAA's Virtual Worlds Program

Global Systems Division


After graduating from high school, Eric started working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. At the same time, he attended and then graduated from the University of Colorado majoring in electrical and computer engineering. He continues his work at NOAA today as a program manager.

Eric has taken a back seat to his much handsomer counterpart Hackshaven Harford. Hackshaven is Eric's avatar (a virtual representation of himself) and exists only in the virtual world known as Second Life. Together they have been busy designing a public 3D space to highlight the research NOAA performs.


  • B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, 1998

Research Interests

  • Virtual Worlds
  • Social Media
  • Immersive Internet
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Information Visualization


  • Federal Computer Week's "Fed 100" 2009
  • NOAA Bronze Medal
  • CMDL Employee of the Year

Recent Publications