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UPA Member Spotlight: Susan Dray Named an ACM Distinguished Engineer

Silvia C. Zimmermann

Silvia C. Zimmermann is the UPA President.

The UPA is pleased to announce that Susan Dray was named Distinguished Engineer by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This honor is reserved for members with 15 or more years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments and have had a significant impact on the computing field. Susan joins a list of eminent colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.

Susan was honored for her pioneering usability and international user-centered design research in industry, building community among HCI professionals, and service to SIGCHI. She was one of the founders of the CHI conference and has worked for years to build bridges among different groups that share an interest in the interface between technology and people: professional organizations, academics, practitioners, researchers, and designers, and sub-specialties within the practitioner community such as ethnographers and usability professionals. As part of her international focus, Dr. Dray has also worked to build community among HCI professionals in both developed and developing regions.

Susan serves on the UPA Board of Directors as Director of Publications. She is President of Dray & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm founded in 1993, with expertise in usability and ethnographic research including international contextual user research. She received a doctorate in Psychology from UCLA and is a Board Certified Human Factors Professional as well as a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

For more information see: http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/distinguished-2008.


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