The University of California, Santa Cruz has appointed Brenda Romero (formerly Brenda Brathwaite) as a game designer in residence at the school's Center for Games and Playable Media. This is the first such position on any University of California campus.
Romero is cofounder (alongside husband John Romero) of Loot Drop Inc., where she also serves as Chief Operating Officer. She will continue working on games at Loot Drop while spending time at the university.
UC Santa Cruz's new Game Designer in Residence program sees a leading game designer come to campus to teach courses and serve students, researchers, and faculty in an advisory role. Romero will spend one year at the college and her appointment begins January 1, 2013.
Prior to cofounding Loot Drop, Romero spent time with a range of game companies, including Atari, Sir-tech Software, Electronic Arts, Firaxis, and other mobile studios.