Mark Ballora obtained a Ph.D in computer music applications in 2000 from McGill University. His thesis was on auditory displays, with applications in heart rate variability. Previously, he had received degrees from NYU in music technology and composition, where he focused on principles of stereophonic audio and microtonality, and studied under Robert Rowe and Justin Dello Joio. He is currently associate professor of music technology at Penn State University. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Music and the Department of Integrative Arts, and co-administers the Minor in Music Technology program. He teaches courses in computer music production, programming for musicians, history of electroacoustic music, and musical acoustics.