Elonka Dunin ; born December 29, 1958, Santa Monica, California) is an American game developer at Simutronics Corp. in St. Louis, Missouri. She is one of the founders of the International Game Developers Association‘s Online Games group, and was editor in chief of an IGDA State of the Industry white paper.
Dunin has published a book of exercises on classical cryptography, and maintains a website on the Kryptos sculptural cryptogram, which is located at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. She has given several lectures on the subject of cryptography, and according to the PBS series NOVA scienceNOW she is “generally considered the leading Kryptos expert in the world.”
Dunin graduated in 1976 from University High School. She was enrolled as an undergraduate at UCLA, majoring in astronomy for roughly one year, after which she joined the United States Air Force, working as an avionics technician at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom and Beale Air Force Base in California.
In the 1980s, she became involved with the growing BBS culture and in one year spent $15,000 on computer time. In 1989, while working as a temporary legal secretary in Los Angeles, this interest overlapped into the early multiplayer games, such as British Legends on CompuServe and Simutronics‘ GemStone II on GEnie.
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