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Dr.Amy Hurst

Assistant Professor
Assistive Tech, Makerspaces

I am an associate professor of Human-Centered Computing in the Information Systems Department at UMBC and I study accessibility problems and build assistive technologies. I am especially interested in how I can build tools that will empower others to “DIY” and build their own assistive technologies.

I am currently working with a number of wonderful people in the prototyping and design lab (“the pad”) at UMBC, and have been a member of the Baltimore Node hackerspace since 2010.

I received my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the HCII at Carnegie Mellon in 2010, and Scott Hudson and Jennifer Mankoff were my thesis advisors. Before that, I received a BS in Computer Science at Georgia Tech and worked with Thad Starner in the Contextual Computing Group.