UXD instructors

Many of our instructors are passionate industry experts, who bring the latest in UX development and insights into the classroom. Meet some of our instructors!

Alexis Polanco Jr

Alexis Polanco Jr (AJ), Principal at Always Joven LLC & UXD Program Coordinator at Rutgers University

AJ Polanco is a Senior UX Architect with 9 years of professional experience. He was worked at the world’s second largest telecommunication company (Verizon), and the world’s largest private non-profit educational testing organization (ETS). His focus is in omni-channel marketing, ecommerce, and new product development.

As the current UXD Program Coordinator, he is focused on making students marketable as they look to transition into- or grow in the field of User Experience.

Course: UXD Practicum

Contact info: aj@alwaysjoven.com

 

Ronnie Battista

Ronnie Battista, Slalom Consulting

Ronnie Battista is a senior executive with over 25 years experience visioning and delivering creative and profitable cross-channel interactive experiences with bottom line impact. Early in his career as a Business Analyst, his project experiences highlighted a gap between what Business and IT groups were asking for and what customers and employees actually needed or wanted. It was at this critical junction of Business, IT and real human beings that Ronnie found his calling in User Experience Design.

Course: Intro to User Experience Design

 

Lisa Woodley

Lisa Woodley, Vice President of Customer Experience, FSI Business Consulting, NTT DATA Americas

Lisa Woodley has been leading customer experience, branding, and marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies for more than 23 years. Her work is based on the idea that, in the most successful interactions, form serves function. Copy and design are transparent. Only the emotional connection and desired actions are seen. In her current role as Director, Experience Design - Strategy at NTT Data, Lisa applies her deep understanding of branding and marketing to the design of the employee experience. By viewing the employee as a customer, and approaching the employee experience from a branding and marketing perspective, Lisa has successfully developed targeted and highly effective employee engagement and change management campaigns for clients such as DuPont, PwC, Merck, Pfizer, and GSK.

Course: Intro to User Experience Design

 

David Ogunrinde

David Ogunrinde, Principal at Inkroots

David is a designer and brand strategist with over 15 years of experience in the industry, serving in every role from intern to creative director. Now he’s running Inkroots - a NY-based brand and design consultancy, that specializes in deepening brand engagement through thoughtfully designed experiences. There, David helps clients like Johnson & Johnson, NJ Department of Labor, and The Newark School of the Arts, create brand experiences that feel real, relevant, and memorable.

When not teaching or designing beautiful things, David can be found conspiring with his wife Carla on new ways to color outside the lines, do inspired work, and enjoy lives that matter.

Courses: Intro to User Experience Design, Visual Design for UXD, UXD Practicum

 

Tobias Komischke

Dr. Tobias Komischke, Director of User Experience at Honeywell

User-centered design professional with more than 20 years of industry experience. Has lead projects and teams to create user interfaces of superior usability and compelling appeal in various industries. Acknowledged evangelist for user-centered design strategy, methods and processes. Frequent speaker at conferences and author for technical journals, magazines and blogs. Reviewer for international journals and conferences.

Specialties: Human Factors Engineering, System Analysis, User-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Usability Evaluation & Testing, UX Evangelism, UX Selling, UX Strategy.

Courses: Intro to User Experience Design, Usability Evaluation

 

Whitney Quesenbery

Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director, Center for Civic Design

Whitney combines a fascination with people and an obsession to communicate clearly with her goal of bringing user research insights to designing products where people matter." She's written three books on the subject - Storytelling for User Experience and A Web for Everyone (Rosenfeld Media) and Global UX (MKP/Elsevier) - to help practitioners keep users in mind throughout the creative process. She has worked with organizations like the National Cancer Institute, eBay, IEEE, Amtrak, and The Open University helping them develop usable and accessible web sites and applications.

She's also passionate about improving the way government communicates with citizens. She is the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which works with election officials on usability and design of ballots, voter guides, and other election materials. She and Dana Chisnell teach the first course on Election Design for the University of Minnesota Certificate in Election Administration.

Course: Contextual Inquiry

 

Kel Smith

Kel Smith, Principal at Anikto LLC

Kel Smith is a design and technology advocate who removes barriers separating people from the things they fundamentally need. His areas of concentration include health literacy, food justice, affordable housing and digital accessibility. He is the author of the book Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward Without Leaving People Behind, which explores the historical influence that people with disabilities have on design innovation. Kel has delivered over 100 presentations in seven countries, including talks at Google, SXSW and the Royal National Institute of the Blind, and he has been interviewed on CBC Radio's "The Current," The Globe & Mail Canada, The Austin Chronicle and the BBC Ouch! Network among others. In addition to advising Fortune 500 companies, Kel is a volunteer mentor for young entrepreneurs in Kenya and Sierra Leone and serves on the Inglis Foundation Board of Directors.

Course: Intro to User Experience Design

 

Dr. Hank Strub

Dr. Hank Strub, User Experience Researcher at JP Morgan Chase

Dr. Strub is a Senior User Experience (UX) Research and Interaction Design (ID) Professional, with over fifteen years of experience. He has been with JP Morgan Chase for four years, leading user research (focus on Credit Card studies) and continually upgrading and overseeing a fully digital usability lab that he planned; after a ten month contracting gig at ETS in Princeton. Before that, Dr. Strub was a Senior Usability Engineer at Siemens. Projects included enhancing usability with Siemen’s CT imaging machines, user testing on the Siemens.com web site, and an information communication system for the New York subway system, along with a research study exploring how a virtual aquarium could motivate people to walk more. Previous experience spans consumer electronics including wearable video (5 patents), mobile communications technology, photography, eLearning (1 patent), healthcare including both pharma and imaging, and anything involving a process that should be designed for end-users.

Course: Usability Evaluation

 

Henken Bean

Henken Bean, Art Director, UX at Comcast

Henken Bean is a User Experience Designer and Information Architect with 10 years of experience in the industry. Most recently, she is focused on the intersection of Self-Service and Customer Experience at Comcast. Providing customers and employees with powerful tools to manage their accounts with ease. She is experienced in cross-platform product design for Television, mobile, and web. She uses prototyping as an integral part of her design process: to help refine, sell, and collaborate with her stakeholders and business partners.

Course: Intro to User Experience Design

 

Marilyn Tremaine

Founding Program Coordinator: Marilyn Tremaine, Emeritus Professor (Retired)

Dr. Marilyn Tremaine was Research Professor at Rutgers University where she had joint appointments in the College of Communication and Information and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to Rutgers University, she was a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Toronto and prior to that, a Professor in the University of Michigan Business School. Her practical experience includes being Vice President of Product Development for three software startup companies and a Senior Research Scientist at the EDS Center for Applied Research. Dr. Tremaine is particularly known for her work on collaborative software.