My research interests include human computer interaction, e-commerce/web accessibility, user-centered design, mobile and social computing, policy implications of accessibility and usability, cost-justifying accessibility, expanding employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, accessibility in higher education, and usable security. A few of the courses that I have taught include Human-Computer Interaction, Project Management, Introductory Programming, and E-Commerce. I try to help students understand foundational computing principles through lectures, but I also try to use hands-on labs or assignments when appropriate. I also try to provide research opportunities for interested students.
Before joining the academic community, I worked full-time in industry for over eight years (most recently as a Sr. Systems Engineer) and held professional certifications from CompTIA, Cisco and Microsoft. In early 2003, while working on a government project, I became particularly interested in accessibility. My master's thesis at Penn State University (Harrisburg) focused on web site accessibility (my advisor was Dr. Girish Subramanian), and my doctoral dissertation at Towson University was titled "A Study of Email Usability as a Workplace Barrier for Blind Users" (my advisor was Dr. Jonathan Lazar). I'm regulary involved in collaboration with the Universal Usability Laboratory, which is housed at Towson University.
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in working on an applied research or service learning project, please review my research page, publications page, and set up a time to meet with me. Every semester I work with undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated and motivated towards expanding their learning opportunites beyond the classroom in a way that will have an impact on their education, their future career, and graduate school opportunities.