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I am an associate professor in the department of Computer Graphics Technology within the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. My research is in the interdisciplinary field of human-computer interaction, with a focus on the design of interactive visualization interfaces and their use in complex sociotechnical settings. My work at the intersection of design practice and data visualization has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award. I advise several students in the Design, Visualization, & Cognition (DVC) Lab, where we investigate topics at the intersection of design practice, design cognition, visualization, human-centered design, and complex cognitive systems. I collaborate with several people at Purdue and elsewhere, especially in my roles with the NSF-funded Cyberinfrastructure Center of Excellence SGX3, and the NASA-funded Resilient Extra Terrestrial Habitats Institute (RETHi). I am also a member of the Purdue Cyberlearning Consortium.


PhD, Computer Science, University of Western Ontario, 2013

BS, Computing & Cognitive Science, Queen’s University, 2007

Research Areas

Human-Compter Interaction

Data Visualization

Cognitive Psychology


Current Teaching

CGT 27108: UXD Studio 2: Screen (Fall 2023)


Knoy Hall, Room 341

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