Simone Smarr (she/her)
Using tech to transform communities
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Florida. Through my involvement in the Human Experience Research lab, I have conducted research in voting technology, educational technology, and user centered design. My research interests include, CS education, learning technology and culturally relevant computing. I hope to bridge computing, culture and education through learning technologies. I am a proud Alumna of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Coming from a mixed methods approach, I have a passion for understanding users needs throughout the design process and paying attention to the user from start to finish. I feel that it is better to create technology to address needs/wants as opposed to creating technology for the sake of creation. I specifically enjoy focusing on culture and conducting inclusive UX Research as diversity of thought translates to better design.
In 2019 I received my Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Florida College of Education. Through this certificate program I focused on the the five phases of instructional design: analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. I learned how to design learning environments rooted in education theory while using digital tools and media.
I have always had a passion for technology and that has continued to grow. As an undergraduate computer science student I enjoyed learning C++ and app development for iOS using Swift. While participating in Google’s CSSI program I learned Python and was able to build upon that during internships throughout undergrad. I continue to explore app development and web design with my current work.
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