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User Experience Design Student and Faculty Chat

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University will host a User Experience Design student and faculty chat on April 5, 2016, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard time. The topic is “UX: It Isn’t Just for Software Anymore (And It Never Was)”; featured speakers are two adjunct professors with experience in hardware UX research and design.

Kent State University adjunct professor Darren Hood has 20 years of experience in human-computer interaction and has spent the last 14 years focusing on UX and CX. Hood is currently the manager of UX for Bosch’s Automotive Aftermarket Division. He teaches in the UX Design master’s program at Kent State University as well as UX seminars and workshops for Grand Circus in Detroit. Hood holds a Master of Science in information management from Syracuse University, a Master of Science (UXD) from Kent State University and a graduate certificate in educational technology from Michigan State University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational technology and design.

Neil Ganey, Ph.D., is the human systems integration lead for the development, testing and evaluation of a number of U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard high-speed crafts. Ganey earned his doctorate in applied experimental and human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida, focusing on mitigating the effects of stress, workload and fatigue on the modern warfighter. He also earned a master’s degree in modeling & simulation and a Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Central Florida. After graduation, Ganey went to work for HumanCentric Technologies, where he supported clients like Motorola and SunTech Medical. He then took a position as a human factors engineer with Lenovo’s User Experience & Design team, where he was the human factors and usability lead for a number of hardware and software products.

To participate in the chat on April 5, 2016, visit and follow the directions.