I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Human-Centered Computing Lab in the Human-Centered Computing Division of the Computer Science department at Clemson University. The Human-Centered Computing Lab, directed by Dr. Juan Gilbert, researches advanced human computer interaction and database solutions. As a researcher I am particularly interested in finding ways to facilitate STEM learning in women and minorities. In the future I would like to create an organization that helps these underrepresented groups gain access into the work force by teaching them the technical proficiency necessary in today's working world. Through the innovative research and learning in the HCC lab I hope to help broaden our reach in computing.
"Human-Centered Computing is an emerging area focused on understanding how to make computational technologies more useable and how computational technologies affect society." (Clemson University School of Computing HCC Division) Human-Centered Computing is research that focuses on humans first and then technology. Technology is integrated into human life as a tool. "Research in human-centered computing has multiple goals. Some researchers focus on understanding humans, both as individuals and in social groups, by focusing on the ways that human beings adopt, adapt, and organize their lives around computational technologies. Others focus on developing new design strategies for computational artifacts. Human-centered design of computational tools attempts to address problems that traditional human computer interaction heuristics, which often include measurements of productivity and efficiency, do not generally address. For example, designing computational tools for spirituality, for fun, and for pleasure are some non-traditional design problems that are of interest to HCC researchers." (Wikipedia) In summary, HCC designs systems, products, etc. using behavior, culture, personality and other human traits.