Professional Master Students in Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) 2010

Ala Chen Pan MHCI Student

Alan Chen Pan - Taiwan

Angela Park


Angela Park
Angela Park graduated from the University of California, San Diego in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). She is a Korean-American living in Los Angeles, California. Her research interests lie in User Experience Design, Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, and Tangible Interaction. She also enjoys ethnography and observing human behavior. Angela absolutely adores animals. Immediately after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, she plans on getting a chocolate or silver lab or a Weimaraner. Angela apologizes in advance if she is in the middle of a conversation and her attention is captivated by a passing canine. Angela loves seeking out cozy cafes and sitting there with a cup of coffee, laptop, and a good book. She also admits to being a fervent sci-fi, fantasy and anime fan of books, graphic novels, and films with some of her favorites being Firefly, Lord of the Rings, The Sandman, and Naruto.

 Claire MicklinClaire Micklin - USA
 Daniel Freitas

Daniel Freitas - Portugal
Daniel Freitas was born in Madeira but he’s been living in Lisbon for the last 15 years. He has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a specialization in Telecommunications, from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa. In January 2002, he started working for Portugal Telecom. He has worked in three different areas of the company. Although Daniel’s work has been very fulfilling, he wants to experience other areas and treasures the challenge of experiencing different realities. From the very first moment Daniel discovered the HCI Master’s program, he felt that it was tailor-made for him. Firstly, his academic background is in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his professional experience has focused on Project Management. Secondly, Daniel has always been particularly interested in Design and Psychology. This Master’s degree will provide him with an opportunity to learn more about these subjects and their application to the relationship between humans and machines. In fact, it was precisely the HCI interdisciplinary approach to these three subjects that attracted him the most to this program. An additional motivation is the opportunity to study during one semester in the USA, to experience the American Educational System, and to meet people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Apart from his academics interests, Daniel loves to travel. His favorite travel destination is Southeast Asia.

 Emily Clark

Emily Clark - USA
Emily Clark hails from DC and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science, although oddly enough, she’s actually working in the Web production field ever since college, including stints at the US Department of Agriculture and, most recently, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). During the course of her career, she has found herself more and more drawn to what it takes to optimize online user experience, which eventually led her to Carnegie Mellon and the HCI Master’s Program. She is interested particularly in language-learning through technology, humanitarian uses of technology, and multimodal interactions. She also loves to dance and just being active in general. So, if anyone is looking for company on their next adventure, she’s a good bet.

 Hitee ChandraHitee Chandra - India
 MHCI John Flowers

John Flowers - USA
John Flowers is 25, and was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and a degree in Honors Liberal Arts. He found Human-Computer Interaction through the desire to apply his psychology background in a creative and technologically-oriented way, and he continues to look for ways to get involved in the Interaction Design and Human-Computer Interaction communities. Apart from school, John enjoys music (he’s been playing trumpet in a ska band and a funk band), nature walks, meaningful conversations, and meeting new friends.

 Kagonya Awori

Kagonya Awori - Kenya
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University as a Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction student, Kagonya was an Information Architect at a digital agency in her hometime Nairobi, Kenya. She has also done part-time Web development and E-Commerce. Kagonya attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University, Nairobi, in 2008. In her free time, you will most probably find Kagonya with Dada, her laptop (“Dada” is a Kiswahili word, meaning “sister”) watching inspirational talks online and reading various technology articles. Kagonya also enjoys traveling, watching movies and dancing. Her motto in life is to outdo herself and consequently she believes in continuous self-improvement.

 Maria Clara Correia MartinsMaria Clara Correia Martins - Portugal
 Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho - Portugal
Paulo Coelho is a Portuguese Professional Master’s student. He earned his Master’s degree from the Universidade da Madeira and is now pursuing a Professional Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). His fields of Interests include: Computation, Photography, Ubiquitous Computing, Electronics, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Robotics, and more. In his free time, Paulo enjoys playing tennis, swimming, roller-skating, biking, driving, and hiking.

 Sypraseuth Vandy

Sypraseuth Vandy - USA
Sypraseuth Vandy, or better known as "Syp" (pronounced "SEEP") Vandy, is an upstate New York native and recent California transplant who has found her way back to the east coast. Her undergraduate background is in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. After two years of industry experience, as a software engineer at BAE Systems, a U.S. defense contractor, her interests have gravitated toward user experience and interaction design. In her spare time, Syp enjoys hip-hop dancing, billiards, restaurant touring, and exploring new cities.

 Tiffany NgTiffany Ng

Tiffany Ng -
Tiffany Ng did her undergraduate work at Cornell University in Computer and Information Science and got into Human-Computer Interaction after spending a summer working on a research project on expressive technologies. Since then, her research interests have widened to include information visualization, sociocultural issues in technology, and physical computing (i.e. building things). She likes robots, sailing, and cornbread.

 MHCI Timothy Adrianoff

Timothy Andrianoff - USA
Timothy Andrianoff is a Master’s student of Human-Computer Interaction from the USA. He earned his BS in Computer Science with an additional major in Japanese Studies. His fields of interest include language and linguistics, embodied and tangible interaction, robotics, citizen science, HCI, and design. In his free time, he enjoys reading, games, dancing, making comics, skiing, soccer, and swimming.

 MHCI Try EffnerTroy Effner - USA
 Ya-Chun Justine Yang

Ya-Chun Justine Yang - Taiwan
Justine is originally from Taiwan and moved to Canada during her teenage years. She got her undergraduate education in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a degree in Human Computer Interaction. Other than school, she also loves cooking, eating desserts, and traveling. She hopes to get opportunities to travel around Europe before graduating from the Master’s program!