Major: Human Computer Interaction
Department: Geological & Atmospheric Sciences
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Jim sees the study of Human Computer Interaction as fundamental to his career in assistive technology. During his time at ISU, he has had many opportunities for both personal and professional growth. He has enjoyed a relationship with the ISU Department of Disability Resources, first as a client, then taking on roles as systems administrator of the Accessible Technologies Lab and program advisor for blind and low vision students. Jim specializes in technological solutions for the blind and low vision, and he supports the JAWS screen reader and other Freedom Scientific products for the university. Mentoring is also important to him and he has served on the Youth Leadership Forum, ISU Disability Resources and the Iowa Department for the Blind programs, as well as serving as a mentor for new HCI students in the Fall 2010 semester. He is the sole student advisor to the National Diagram Committee, which works with textbook publishers to make their materials more usable by people with print disabilities. He was nominated by his colleagues as the HCI Student of the Year in 2009 and considers this to be among his greatest honors.
He is currently working with Chris Harding.