Meet the Professors!
UX Core Team (from L to R): Dr. Colin Gray, Dr. Paul Parsons, Dr. Austin Toombs, and Prof. Nancy Rasche.
Colin Gray Assistant Professor, UX Design Program Lead
Dr. Gray has worked as an art director, contract designer, and trainer, and his continued involvement in design work informs his research on design activity and how it is learned. His research focuses on the role of student experience in informing a critical design pedagogy, and the ways in which the pedagogy and underlying studio environment inform the development of design thinking, particularly in relation to critique and professional identity formation. [website]
Paul Parsons Assistant Professor
Dr. Parsons has a background in computer science and cognitive science. His previous work experience includes working as a research scientist with IBM Research in Canada. His research focuses on designing interactive tools and interfaces that augment human cognition. His work spans multiple areas, including human-computer interaction, information visualization, applied cognition, and learning technologies. [website]
Austin Toombs Assistant Professor
Dr. Toombs has a background in computer science and human-computer interaction design. His research focuses on the impact that digital technologies have on how communities are formed and maintained. In recent projects, he has studied the maker, hacker, and DIY communities through both physical and digital ethnographies, the participatory design of hackathon-like events, communities of new parents, and large-scale listserv communication analyses. [website]
Nancy Rasche Assistant Professor of Practice
Prof. Rasche leads the UX Experience Studios, which are team project-based learning experiences that connect students with industry projects throughout all four years of their college career. Her research is in the area of front-end design and development of enterprise software solutions. She currently works with Ford Motor Company to assist in the design of solutions that will improve efficiency by simplifying workflow and improving consumption of complex information. [website]
Mihaela Vorvoreanu Associate Professor
Dr. Vorvoreanu (Dr. V) is on leave of absence and working at Microsoft Research. Her work in the area of human-centered computing focuses on user-centered design, user experience, user behavior, and applications of social media to contexts such as higher education and marketing. [website]