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HCC PhD Graduates

Below is a list of our HCC PhD graduates and information about their dissertation, faculty advisor, and the position they took when they left UMBC.

Photo of Will Easley William Easley
Graduation Date: 2020
Faculty advisors: Foad Hamidi and Helena Mentis
Dissertation Title: Understanding and Supporting Collaboration Between Youth in Technical Workplaces
Position after Graduation: Human Factors Design Engineer at Apple
Photo of Sidas Saulynas Sidas Saulynas
Graduation Date: 2020
Faculty advisor: Ravi Kuber
Dissertation Title: Towards Developing Guidelines for Addressing Situationally Induced Impairments and Disabilities (SIID) and Severely Constraining Situational Impairments (SCSI)
Position after Graduation: Assistant Professor at Stevenson University
Photo of Victor Ondego Victor Ondego
Graduation Date: 2020
Faculty advisor: Anita Komlodi
Dissertation Title: Web Search Behavior and Results Selection by Non-Native English Searchers
Position after Graduation: Senior Principal Human Factors Engineer at Northrop Grumman
Photo of Philip Feldman Philip Feldman
Graduation Date: 2020
Faculty advisor: Wayne Lutters
Dissertation Title: Stampede Theory: Mapping and Treating Dangerous Misinformation at Scale
Position after Graduation: AI/ML Futurist – ASRC Federal
Photo of Julie Haney Julie Haney
Graduation Date: 2020
Faculty advisor: Wayne Lutters
Dissertation Title: The Work of Cybersecurity Advocates
Position after Graduation: Lead of Usable Cybersecurity Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Rachel Grice
Graduation Date: 2019
Faculty advisor: Ant Ozok
Dissertation Title: Understanding Multi-modal Displays to Reduce Distraction in Locomotive Engineers
Position after Graduation: Engineering Psychologist at Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Erin Buehler Erin Buehler
Graduation Date: 2018
Faculty advisor: Amy Hurst
Dissertation Title: Exploring Inclusive Learning Interactions for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Position after Graduation: UX at Facebook
Galina Madjaroff Galina Madjaroff
Graduation Date: 2018
Faculty advisor: Helena Mentis
Dissertation Title: Supporting Caregivers and Care Recipients after the Onset of Cognitive Impairment with Home Based Technology
Position after Graduation: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Clinical Associate Professor at the Erickson School, UMBC
Jieyu Wang Jieyu Wang
Graduation Date: 2018
Faculty advisor: Anita Komlodi
Dissertation Title: Understanding Searchers’ Language Selection: Code-switching in Online Searching
Position after Graduation: Visiting Research Assistant Professor at UNCC
Current Position: Instructor at St. Cloud State University
Patrick Carrington Patrick Carrington
Graduation Date: 2017
Faculty advisor: Amy Hurst
Dissertation Title: Chairable Computing
Position after Graduation: Postdoctoral Scholar at Carnegie Mellon
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon
Michele Williams Michele Williams
Graduation Date: 2015
Faculty advisor: Amy Hurst
Dissertation Title: Answering Subjective and Open-Ended Visual Questions by People with Vision Impairments
Position after Graduation:UX Researcher at Intel Research
Alyson Young Alyson Young
Graduation Date: 2015
Faculty advisor: Wayne Lutters
Dissertation Title: From local data to global knowledge: Understanding meta-study practice in Land Change Science
Position after Graduation: Assistant Professor, IUPUI
 Huimin Qian Huimin Qian
Graduation Date: 2014
Faculty advisor: Ravi Kuber
Dissertation Title: Improving Access to Mobile Technologies using Tactile Feedback
Position after Graduation: UX Practitioner
Kathy Weaver Kathy Weaver
Graduation Date: 2014
Faculty advisor: Anita Komlodi
Dissertation Title: Using an intelligent interviewer to conduct cognitive assessments
Position after Graduation: Lecturer and MS Program Director at University of Maryland, College Park
 Shaojian Zhu Shaojian Zhu
Graduation Date: 2013
Faculty advisor: Andrew Sears and Aryya Gangopadhyay
Dissertation Title: A Quantitative Quality Control Model for Parallel and Distributed Crowdsourcing Tasks
Position after Graduation: Senior Software Engineer at Google
 Celeste Paul Celeste Lyn Paul
Graduation Date: 2013
Faculty advisor: Anita Komlodi
Dissertation Title: A model of contextual factors and their effects in the interruptive notification user experience
Position after Graduation: Senior Computer Systems Researcher, U.S. Department of Defense.