I began my career as a software developer. While studying for my Masters, I began focusing on making software work for people - a critical and often overlooked area of product development. I was fortunate to discover the Human Computer Interaction Laboratory at University of Maryland, one of the pioneers in the then-new science of usability engineering. Since then, I've devoted my efforts to usability improvement and information architecture, consulting globally for organizations that want to create great software. My recent interest has been in data visualization and helping people deal with the torrents of information that is now available over the web.

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  • User-centered IT consultant with two plus decades of experience in medical, intelligence, publishing, pharmaceutical, financial and other fields, guiding clients to realize the fullest potential of their IT investments and Web resources.
  • Experienced team manager, encouraging creativity while providing strong direction; grounded in business fundamentals and watching the bottom line.
  • Skilled problem-solver with the deep technical background and broad experience in business and government environments to overcome both technological and organizational barriers.
  • Innovative and practical technologist developing ideas, products and solutions.
  • Special focus on making sense in information-dense domains and using data visualization tools and techniques to help bring data to life.


Master of Science, Computer Science, 1992
George Mason University, Fairfax VA

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, 1984
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
summa cum laude


  • Community Indicators Consortium Annual Conference, "State of the USA: Launch and Next Steps" and "New Tools for Data Visualization"
  • AMS Associates Day, "Quality Usability Engineering"
  • Graphics Communication Association, "Electronic Publishing Alternatives - Internet Publishing."
  • FOSE & Fed Micro, "Designing Effective User Interfaces."
  • Rehabilitative Technology Association Training Symposium - "The New Alchemy; Data Into Knowledge."
  • American Society of Association Executives Management Conference, "So Much Data, So Little Time."
  • Tech 2000, "A Look at the Future, Online Newspaper," (Museum exhibit co-sponsored by AT&T).
  • Lecturer for graphical user interface design courses in the US and Europe.

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