–Winner of the 2013 FAA Design Competition–
I am part of an interdisciplinary team of 7 George Mason students, under the direction of Dr. Robert Youmans, that competed in the 2013 FAA Design Competition in the inaugural “Innovative Application of FAA Data” category. The aim of this competition’s category is to create an innovative mobile app utilizing FAA data in a way that would benefit users in some form. Our team developed Fleet, a mobile app which augments existing FAA data with crowd-sourced data to provide travelers with reliable information about airport congestion, flight delays, boarding times, baggage handling, and many other uncertain aspects of air travel that can create anxiety. The app actually won 1st place in the category and is continuing to be developed! Check out the Fleet website for more information, as well as the official competition writeup [link to pdf].
Techniques & Skills Utilized: user testing; usability analysis; iterative design; rapid prototyping; mobile app development; app development; project management; large project management; heuristic evaluation; paper prototyping; focus groups;
2014 Voting Experience Improvement Competition
–2014 HFES Design Competition–
Eric Blumberg, Sam Monfort, and I competed in the 2014 Voting Experience Improvement Competition. The aim of the project was for teams to come up with solutions to improve the American voting process. The Voter Information Portal (VIP) was our answer to this inquiry. The VIP would be an online system that provides logistical information such as polling station addresses, current estimated wait times, and historical average wait times. The online portal would be paired with a telephone system for voters who prefer getting information via telephone, as well as an administration portal that would provide poll workers with an easy way to update estimated wait times for their polling location. See the project poster here [link to VIPposter] and be on the lookout for a potential publication about this work.
Techniques & Skills Utilized: user personas; ethnographic research; survey creation, administration, and analysis; website development; wire framing; prototyping;
Stress Resilience Training System (SRTS) iPad App Evaluation
–Fall 2012 Usability Class Project–
In conjunction with Hyun Woo, James Parker, and Dr. Ewart de Visser, I completed a usability analysis of the Stress Resilience Training System (SRTS) iPad app, developed by Perceptronics Solutions, Inc. SRTS is aimed at teaching resilience and coherence techniques to soldiers via informative videos and biofeedback games; these techniques have been shown to help reduce the effects of the high-stress environments typical in the military. A version of the analysis has been accepted for presentation and publication at the 2013 Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, where I will be presenting. Stay tuned for a link to the final publication!
Techniques & Skills Utilized: user testing; usability analysis; project management; link analysis; heuristic evaluation; app development; tablet app development;
–Fall 2012 Medical Human Factors Class Project–
Eric Blumberg and I completed an analysis of the CampDoc electronic medical record (EMR) system to fulfill the final project component of their Medical Human Factors Class, taught by Dr. Deborah Boehm-Davis, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science. The analysis proved very informative and helpful to the CampDoc creators, with many usability changes already being implemented. A version of the analysis will be submitted to the 2015 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care; stay tuned for news about the submission news!
Techniques & Skills Utilized: usability analysis; heuristic evaluation; website development;
ReTINA: Realtime Taxiway Interactive Navigation Aid
–2012 FAA Design Competition Project–
Last year, I was part of a team of GMU human factors students, under the direction of Dr. Tyler Shaw, that competed in the 2012 FAA Design Competition, in the Runway Safety/Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions category. The team developed ReTINA (Realtime Taxiway Interactive Navigation Aid), an iPad app concept for use by general aviation pilots to aid in their navigation on the ground at airports. Though the project did not place in the top 3 in the competition, it was a great learning experience for me, being my first product development project of such a large scale.
Techniques & Skills Utilized: user testing; rapid prototyping; tablet app development; app development; project management
HFES & CHI Student Groups
I am honored to be the 2014-2015 President of the GMU Computer-Human Interaction Student Group and previously the 2013-2014 President of the GMU Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, Student Group. As part of my presidential tenure, I aim to incorporate more collaboration between the GMU student chapter and local human factors and user experience companies in the northern Virginia and DC area. Having been an active member in both student groups and HFES National since 2011, I’m excited to continue my involvement in such a great organization. For more information about the student group, check out the Student Group page on the Arch Lab website.
I have been an active participant, and now volunteer, in FIRST Robotics since 2000. FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology, is an outstanding organization, which hosts robotics competitions for K-12 students and encourages students to pursue STEM majors. Having been a participant myself since middle school, I now a volunteer at the local DC Regional and plan to continue my lifelong involvement with FIRST. For more info about FIRST, check out the FIRST website.
Distractions ‘N Driving
I was a presenting member of the Distractions ‘N Driving team, part of the GMU HFAC department. The team presents current research and statistics about the dangers of distracted driving to local high school and driver’s education students. For more information, check out the Arch Lab website.
Data Visualization Course
I completed a data visualization course offered through the GMU Statistics department, allowing me to learn about GGPlot, R statistics analysis program, and other data visualization techniques. More information, especially about my final class project of comparing Heritage Economic Freedom variables from top and bottom rated countries, can be found here on my stat class website.
Gamification Coursera Course
I successfully completed the inaugural Gamification online course taught by Dr. Kevin Werbach through Coursera in Fall 2012. The course was informative in teaching how game elements and techniques can be applied to various domains and I aim to incorporate the knowledge learned into my future research. Check out Coursera to find out more about their current course offerings.