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Apr 2007Present


Maya Realities

CEO of Maya Realities, a company focusing on metrics for the emerging 3-D web

  • Virtual worlds traffic analysis and metrics
  • ROI Determination
Jun 1994Present

Program Manager


Responsible for NOAA's data visualization and games program

  • OSTP's Digital Game Technology Interagency Working Group
  • Virtual worlds, games, and simulations design, creation, and management
  • Data Visualization using commercial game engines including Unity
  • Web development
  • Outreach & Education
  • 3D Modeling
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Virtual worlds traffic analysis and metrics
  • ROI Determination




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


Eric Hackathorn is the project manager for Data Visualization, Simulation, and Games at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project leverages game mechanics and technology for a variety of projects and has unique expertise straddling science, education, and entertainment.   Recently, under the leadership of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Eric participated in the creation of a Federal Games Guild. The goals for this community include knowledge sharing, collaborating on shared challenges, and identifying cross-agency needs pertaining to the effective use of games in government. Eric has served on advisory boards for NASA and NSF grants and worked on projects with several government agencies including NOAA, NASA, DOE, and the DOD. He is also a recipient of Federal Computer Week’s “Fed 100.”