Industry Professionals Discussion Panel

Are you interested in learning more about the UX industry? Do you have career questions that you want answered?

The SJSU HFES is pleased to announce our first Industry Professionals Discussion Panel! Our diverse set of panelists include senior researchers and designers from various companies and organizations who will be on campus to share their experience and insights. Leave your questions for them here or email Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, too!

Date: Monday, February 4th, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: SJSU Campus, Engineering Building, Room 285


joanaee_photoJoanne Locascio
Senior Researcher, Yahoo!

Dr. Locascio has held previous research positions at Adobe, Cisco and Ooyala. She obtained a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Human Factors from San Jose State University.



marquez1smallJessica Marquez
Human Systems Engineer, NASA Ames

Dr. Marquez’s expertise is in space human factors and HCI. Her projects have focused on developing software tools for International Space Station flight controllers and training simulators, developing a path planning aid for astronauts conducting extra-vehicular activities, and design and assessment displays for unmanned air vehicle operations and lunar lander cockpit. Originally from Lima, Peru, she moved to the U.S. to complete her undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University.  She has a Masters and Ph.D. from MIT in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.



27ac276Amaya Becvar Weddle
Senior UX Researcher, Immersion Corporation
Dr. Weddle is a UX researcher and designer, with expertise in ethnographic methods, embodied cognition, and multimodal interaction.  She is currently a Senior UX Researcher at Immersion Corporation, where she works on an innovation team creating the next generation of haptic technologies. Amaya has a Ph.D. from UC San Diego in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction and has worked in industry as a UX professional for over 10 years.




Dhvani Patel-Smith
Staff User Experience Researcher, Google

Dr. Patel-Smith is a Staff UX Researcher at Google [x], where she is currently working Project Glass. In the past, Dhvani worked as a User Experience Researcher at Microsoft, and she received her M.A. and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University.


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Staff User Experience Researcher, Google

Dr. Smith is a Staff User Experience Researcher at Google [x], where he works on Project Glass and a variety of other super secret projects. Prior to working at Google, Mac spent a few years as a user researcher in Microsoft Games Studio. Mac completed his masters and PhD in Applied Experimental Psychology at George Mason University.


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