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Team: Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Our Team works together with researchers, partners and clients
to create and implement innovative service, learning, and research projects


Staff and Faculty

Joi Moore

Professor | SISLT Director

Dr. Joi Moore completed her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in Information Technology. Before that, she had received a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s in Management and Computer Science from North Carolina State, respectively. She specializes in usability and user centered design.

  • Electronic performance support systems
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Designing user-centered web applications (human-computer interaction)

Isa Jahnke

Research Director | Associate Professor

Dr. Isa Jahnke completed her PhD from TU Dortmund University (Germany), and Professor at Umea University in Sweden. Her research focus on socio-techncal design and innovative use of emergent technologies such as mobile devices, media tablets and wearables

  • Technology-enhanced designs for learning expeditions
  • Mobile eye-tracking, smart glasses
  • Learning at the workplace and workplace studies

Sanda Erdelez

Professor

Upon completion of her Bachelor’s and Master’s from the University of Osijek, Dr. Sanda Erdelez completed her PhD from Syracuse University in Information Transfer. At the University of Missouri, she works with the IE Lab to study usability and information behavior.

  • Business and Competitive Intelligence
  • Legal Informatics
  • Users' Information Needs and Uses in E-Government, E-Commerce and E-Learning

Neeley Current

User Research Manager

Neeley Current has over ten years of experience evaluating websites, software and apps for innovators in the education, healthcare, journalism and non-profit sectors. Her background in cultural anthropology, the arts, and information science intersect in the domain of human centered design. Neeley earned her Masters degree from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. She is also a certified Project Manager (PMP).

  • User Research
  • Human Centered Design
  • Project Management

Greg Alexander

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Alexander, faculty of Sinclair School of Nursing, uses human factors theories to research interrelationships between humans, technology, their environment and work. His main focus is on evaluation of the nursing home industry's use of information technology in clinical practice, as well as:

  • Electronic health care record implementation strategies
  • Patient safety
  • Human factors evaluation in health-care settings

Jeff Belden

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Belden, Family Medicine faculty and family physician, works in the areas of electronic health record usability and visual display of information. His approach to user-centered design draws upon his experiences in photography, layout and software design.

  • Usability techniques in agile development processes
  • Visual display of quantitative information
  • Communicating risk information to patients in clinical settings
  • Use of sparklines in clinical dashboards

Research Assistants

Carl Hewitt

Research Assistant

Carl is a PhD student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technology at the University of Missouri. He holds two masters degrees in Childhood Education and Digital Media and Design for Learning from New York University.

  • Learning Affordances of Immersive Technologies
  • Mind-Body Intersection with Media and Technology
  • Content Creation and Content Security
  • HCI Design

Gayathri Sadanala

Research Assistant

Gayathri is currently earning her doctorate degree with a major in Human Computer Interaction at University of Missouri- Columbia. She did her masters' in Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University and bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from India. Her research Interests include:

  • Human Computer Interaction.

Hao He

Research Assistant

Hao is currently a Ph.D. student in the Educational Technology program at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. His research interests include:

  • Instructional Design on English learning and STEM education
  • Game-Based Learning on English learning and STEM education
  • Usability Evaluation

Minh Pham

Research Assistant

Minh is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She holds a master’s degree in Globalization and Education Change from Lehigh University. Her research interests include:

  • Mobile learning
  • Game-based learning
  • Environmental education

Yen-Mei Lee

Research Assistant

Yen-Mei is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from National ChengChi University, Taiwan. Her research interests include:

  • Individual's Online Navigation Competence, Cognitive Processes, and Internet Self-efficacy
  • Interfaces/Websites Design in the Teaching and Learning environments
  • Eye-tracking

IE Lab Alumni

Said Al Ghenaimi

Alumni

[Dean at Oman College of Nursing and Allied Health] Said Al Ghenaimi worked with the IE lab while completing his doctoral program.

Kanwal Ameen

Alumni

[Chairperson of the Department of Library & Information Science at University of the Punjab, Pakistan] In 2009-2010, Dr. Ameen spent her Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship at MU collaborating with Dr. Sanda Erdelez on library website evaluation.

Kodjo Atiso

Alumni

Dr. Atiso worked for the IE lab for four years during his Ph.D. studies in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Atiso's research interests lie in Digital Libraries/ Institutional Repositories, Electronic Publishing, and Intellectual property and copyrights.

Josipa Basic

Alumni

[UX Research Manager at Amazon, Berlin, Germany] Josipa worked in the IE Lab for over two years.

Oliver Chen

Alumni

[Faculty member at School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington] Dr. Chen utilized his interests in the design of media for a variety of users and information environments to oversee usability projects at the IE Lab from 2008-2009.

Weichao Chen

Alumni

[Instructional Designer at School of Medicine, University of Virginia] Weichao (Vera) Chen once wored in IE Lab and completed her PhD at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at MU.

Fatih Demir

Alumni

[Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University] Dr. Demir worked in the IE Lab for two years during his post-doc fellowship. Dr. Demir is interested in : Usability Evaluation by Eye Tracking Method, User-centered design in e-government, and Communication and Persuasion Strategies.

Camille Dickson-Deane

Alumni

[Education/Instructional Designer - Ass. Prof at Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne] Camille worked in the IE Lab facilitating the IE Lab Global Network. She researched her doctorate in Learning Technologies.

Michelle Fiesta

Alumni

[User Experience Researcher at Udemy] Michelle worked as an undergraduate student in IE Lab. After graduation, she pursued a Master's degree in Human Computer Interaction.

Xiaoqing Gu

Alumni

Dr. Xiaoqing Gu is a visiting scholar from East China Normal University, Shanghai, China for academic year 2009-2010. She is involved in the online learning project with the Chinese version of SAKAI, an open-source online learning management system.

Kenneth Haggerty

Alumni

[User Interface Librarian at the University of Memphis Libraries] Kenneth worked in IE Lab for 4 years and earned his Ph.D. from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2016.

Francis Kibaru

Alumni

Francis earned his PhD from SISLT in December of 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education, MSc in Mathematics, and MSc in Information Systems. He returned to his home country of Kenya to work for the Commission of Higher Education.

Li Lu

Alumni

[User Experience Architect at MetroStar Systems, Washington D.C.] Li Lu attended SISLT doctoral program in the spring of 2011 and worked in IE Lab.

Yunhui Lu

Alumni

[Risk Investigator, Amazon.com, Seattle, WA] Yunhui worked extensively on library-oriented and healthcare IE Lab projects.

Yanfei Ma

Alumni

[Learning Environment Administrator/Analyst, Sheridan College, Toronto Canada] Yanfei worked with the IE Lab during her Master’s program in Educational Technology and the first year of doctoral program in Information Science & Learning Technologies.

Anindita Paul

Alumni

[Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management] Dr. Paul earned her Ph.D. degree from SISLT in December 2009, and then was promoted to User Experience Specialist in the IE Lab.

Ben Richardson

Alumni

Ben is currently a doctoral student in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies. He earned his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at Wayne State University. Ben brings a variety of experiences to the IE Lab garnered from his work at academic and special libraries.

Dinara Saparova

Alumni

Dinara holds Master’s and Candidate’s degrees in Comparative Linguistics. Dinara brought innovative usability techniques to the IE Lab including use of performance metrics, digital card sorting, and persuasive design techniques. She earned her Ph.D. from SISLT in 2015.

Sara Mostowfi

Alumni

Sara worked for the IE Lab for one semester. She is currently a PhD. student at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her research interest are: Gesture based learning, game based learning, and HCI.

Kristen Schuster

Alumni

[Lecturer of Digital Curation, Department of Digital Humanities, Kings College London, UK] In 2012, Kristen Schuster worked with the IE Lab during her first year of doctoral program in Information Science & Learning Technologies.

Shannon Bossaller

Alumni

During his professional career, Shann has been involved in project management, performance and process improvement, web development and technology consulting. Having earned his master’s in System Design and Development, he is now a PhD student with his main focus being Human Centered Systems & Engineering and Project Management Methodologies.

Olesya Shtynko

Alumni

Olesya Shtynko worked with the IE Lab during her first year of Master’s in Library Science. She is now a graduate student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

So Mi Kim

Alumni

Dr. Kim worked in the IE Lab for three years during her post-doc fellowship. Dr. Kim earned her Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia. She specializes in problem solving in technology-enhanced learning environments.

Andrew Tawfik

Alumni

{Instructional Design and Technology faculty member at the University of Memphis]. Dr. Tawfik worked with the IE lab while completing his doctoral program.

Kim Thompson

Alumni

[Senior Lecturer at the Charles Sturt University, School of Information Studies] the In 2008-2009, Dr. Thompson worked with the IE Lab to study information seeking behavior and search interfaces of libraries.

Cherie Turner

Alumni

Cherie Turner worked with the IE Lab while completing her Master’s in Library Science. She is now the Chemical Sciences Librarian at the University of Houston.

Vanessa Adams

Alumni

[Director of Independence County Library, Batesville, Arizona] Vanessa Adams holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri.

Ngoc Vo

Alumni

Ngoc Vo worked in the IE Lab on various usability projects while earning her Masters degree in Educational Technology. She graduated in summer 2009 and is pursuing her interests in Interface Design and E-Learning.

Jiazhen Wang

Alumni

Jiazhen Wang received her PhD in Information Science at MU. She is currently a usability analyst at Sigma Aldrich.

Xin Wang

Alumni

Xin Wang received her PhD from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at MU. She is a now a lecturer at the University of North Texas.

Gary Westergren

Alumni

Mr. Westergren worked for eight years as R&D Manager for the School of Information Science and Learning Technology, MU and oversaw the business development of the IE Lab.

Wanli Xing

Alumni

[Assistant Professor at College of Education, Texas Tech University] Dr. Xing worked as a research assistant at the IE Lab during his Ph.D. studies. His research interests include learning analytics, educational data mining, computer-supported collaborative learning, social media, MOOCs.

Borchuluun Yadamsuren

Alumni

Dr. Borchuluun Yadamsuren received her Ph.D. in information science and M.A. degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Her research interests include User information behavior and serendipitous information discovery.