Hi. I'm Matt. :)

a mixed methods UX Researcher interested in Human-Computer Interaction, AR/MR/VR, and Cyborg Anthropology

In my first year as an MSI at the University of Michigan School of Information, I’ve specialized in UX Research and Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and Social Computing. I mastered coursework on Cognitive Psychology and Human Behavior, Interaction Design, Contextual Inquiry and UX Consulting, and Python Programming. I’m focused on Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation, Graphic Design, and the Accessible Design of Complex Websites. I provided UX Consulting for the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, and developed a mobile app concept to support a need in my community.

I’m currently providing UX Consulting for IBM Developer. And am a UX/UI Specialist and Human-in-the-Loop Usability Lab Testing Coordinator for SEDS@UM (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), on the CLAWS (Compact Localized Augmented Workstation) and BLiSS (Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems) student research groups competing in the NASA SUITS and Moon to Mars Exploration Systems and Habitation (M2M X-HAB) Challenges.

Contextual Inquiry in Historic Detroit Neighborhood Non-Profit

What I did
  • Project Manager
  • Background Research
  • Participant Observation
  • Contextual Interviews
  • Affinity Wall Diagramming

I led my team to conduct user research into the GRDC’s volunteer Vacant Property Task Force in order to develop and optimize documentation processes as the Task Force was set to be used as a model for other neighborhoods by the City of Detroit and its mission to cut down on vacant property, blight, and prevent tax foreclosure.

Fetch | Mobile Concept

What I did
  • Needfinding
  • User Research
  • Design Thinking
  • Prototyping
  • Usability Testing

I identified a need in my community surrounding animal welfare and rescue. Through user research and the iterative process utilizing Design Thinking, I conceptualized a set of tools leveraging social computing through mobile technology to support animal rescue fundraising, volunteer recruitment and coordination.

Coming Soon

IBM Developer

This semester my group has been paired with IBM Developer to conduct needs assessment and usability evaluation on a recently launched product. We’re using interaction mapping, user interviews, thematic analysis, competitive analysis, surveys, heuristic evaluation and usability testing.

NASA SUITS & X-Hab Augmented Reality Challenges

I’m working as a UX specialist and the Human-in-the-Loop Usability Lab Testing Coordinator for SEDS@UM on the CLAWS AR/MR interface designed to compete in the SUITS and eXploration Habitat Challenges. We are representing University of Michigan. Of the 21 student teams competing, ours is 1/10 invited to demo our system at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this April.