Update on Symposium Speakers!


We are excited to announce our speakers for this year’s SJSU HF/E Alumni Symposium being held this Sunday, April 14, 2013.

To ensure enough food for everyone, please RSVP at http://sjsuhfes.eventbrite.com/


steveSteve Portigal
, Founder of Portigal Consulting
Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized San Francisco firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. In the past 15 years, Steve has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories. An in-demand conference speaker and contributor to publications like interactions, Core77 and Johnny Holland, Steve is the author of Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights, a Rosenfeld Media book.


kristenKirsten Peters, Sr. User Experience Specialist @ Gfk User Centric
Kirsten’s methodical approach is perfectly suited for developing intriguing research projects, analyzing data, and designing unparalleled solutions. Equipped with core engineering credentials and an intuitive passion for problem solving, Kirsten’s enthusiasm for research spans from usability testing to information architecture. Harnessing her exceptional analytical flair, Kirsten’s strengths lie in facilitating, organizing and leading one-on-one usability studies and online surveys.

Kirsten has a diverse history of projects in areas ranging from e-commerce and consumer facing websites, to skincare products and handheld devices. Above all, Kirsten enjoys tackling UX challenges related to healthcare and health information technology, particularly projects that directly impact both patients and healthcare providers. Her healthcare endeavors include user experience research for personal health records and electronic health records and usability testing of various medical devices.

RogerRoger Santos
, Usability Engineer @ IBM
After graduating from the Human Factors program in 2009, Roger Santos was hired full time at IBM after being a co-op for about a year. As a co-op, Roger worked with Senior Usability Engineers running usability sessions and prototyping special projects. Once hired to full-time, he worked within the InfoSphere portfolio to improve the usability of the products in that suite. Roger recently moved to Oracle where he’s working on improving the experience of desktop and mobile applications within the Procurement domain.


BenBen Carroll
, User Experience Research Assistant @ Google [X] 
Ben Carroll measures how humans interact with technology. In order to fold the dreams of science fiction into our everyday lives he spars daily with Occam’s razor. He is currently a UX research assistant at Google [X] where he primarily works on Google Glass. He interned at Oracle, UE Group and was a graduate assistant at the Team Performance Lab at the University of Central Florida.

jasonwiseJason Wise
, Lead Human Factors Engineer @ GE Healthcare
Since graduating in 2007, Jason has worked as a Human Factors Engineer in the Medical Device domain at GE Healthcare – Surgery located in his home state of Utah. In this role he leads a small team of Human Factors Engineers in the quest to develop safe, effective and enjoyable user interfaces for mobile fluoroscopic imaging systems. Key responsibilities for the team include discovery of user needs, specifications authoring, interface design, interface testing, device validation, and surveillance of the dynamic body of regulations for Usability in Medical Devices.

In addition to his degree from the San Jose State University Human Factors and Ergonomics program, he holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah (2002).

Jason lives with his family (Wife: Jenal, 4 ¾ y.o. Daughter: Eliza, and 10 m.o. Son: Graham) just outside of Salt Lake City. He enjoys spending time in the yard with the family, tinkering in the garage, and getting into the mountains of Northern Utah.

markwehnerMark Wehner
, Lead User Experience Researcher @ Ebay
Mark has worked in UX research for the past 12 years focusing on developing products that connect people to their local businesses and neighbors. Mark is passionate about exploring new and diverse research techniques to investigate our rapidly evolving product experiences. He has presented on techniques such as utilizing comics to inspire design and transforming large product teams into ethnographers. He currently resides at eBay.


Parking & Location Information

Guest parking is available at the 10th St Garage on 10th & San Fernando, marked “A” on the map. The Engineering Building is boxed in blue. The Auditorium (ENG 189) is located at the southwestern end of the building.



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