Kelly Steelman is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Cognitive & Learning Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University. She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Human Factors and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on understanding human attention in information-rich environments, ranging from airplane cockpits to radar displays to websites. Why do we pay attention to the things that we do? Why do we sometimes fail to notice important content or have difficulty finding information that we need? And, ultimately, how can we design better interfaces to help people perform their work more safely and efficiently?
Charles Wallace is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Computing at Michigan Technological University. He holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on how humans can better understand the software they build and use. He is currently working on educational programs for K-12 students, undergraduate Computer Science students, and senior citizens, and he is studying communication and teamwork patterns in software development settings.