Lab Director

Colin M. Gray
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Colin M. Gray is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology and a Fellow in the Educational Research and Development Incubator. He holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington, a MEd in Educational Technology from University of South Carolina, and a MA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. He has worked as an art director, contract designer, and trainer, and his involvement in design work informs his research on design activity and how design capability is learned. His work crosses multiple disciplines, including engineering education, instructional design and technology, design theory and education, and human-computer interaction.

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Doctoral Students

Shruthi Sai Chivukula
Doctoral Candidate

Shruthi is a PhD candidate in Technology. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Design from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Before coming to Purdue, she worked as UX researcher and designer in Samsung R&D Institute Bangalore-India for two years. She is working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

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Ike Obi
Doctoral Student

Ike is a Ph.D. student in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. His research interests are broadly at the intersection of human-computer interaction, fairness in AI/data-driven systems, and ethics. He is currently working as a research assistant on the NSF funded project on Improving Everyday Ethics in Socio-technical Practice. Before joining the lab, he was a Research Associate at the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab at Indiana University. He holds a master's degree from Ball State University and has worked as an ERP software developer for about four years.

Undergraduate and Graduate Researchers

Jingning Chen
Graduate Researcher

Jingning Chen is a Masters student studying User Experience Design. She was a Chemistry and Science Teacher at a middle school in Beijing for three years after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Beijing Normal University. At the same university she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology, and that is when she took the opportunity to join Purdue on a dual-degree program. She is working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

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Aiza Hasib
Graduate Researcher

Aiza Hasib is a masters student in User Experience Design at Purdue. She received a bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She is working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

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Yue Zhao
Graduate Researcher

Yue Zhao is a graduate student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics Technology and a minor in Psychology from Purdue University and then worked as a User Interface Designer at a software development company for almost three years. She is working on a project to define social media discourses about design.

Christopher Wolford
Graduate Researcher

Christopher Wolford is a graduate student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. He holds a bachelors degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from Ball State University and has worked in publishing and marketing for the past eight years. He is currently working on a project focused on building and supporting critique environments across project-based disciplinary contexts.

Jingle Chen
Undergraduate Researcher

Jingle Chen was born and raised in Beijing, China for 18 years, and now attends Purdue University. He is a senior pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with minors in Psychology, Communication, and Mathematics.

Ziqing (Nicole) Li
Undergraduate Researcher

Nicole Li is a Senior majoring in User Experience Design at Purdue University with minors in Computer Science and Psychology. She is working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

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Anne Pivonka
Undergraduate Researcher

Anne Pivonka is a Sophomore at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate in Collaborative Leadership. She is working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

Laura Makary
Undergraduate Researcher

Laura Makary is a student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with a certificate in Collaborative Leadership and minors in Anthropology and Art and Design. She has interned at the American Graphics Institute in the past and is currently working as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design. 

Liyang (Leo) Qu
Undergraduate Researcher

Liyang Qu is a Senior at Purdue University. He is majoring in UX design and is taking minors in Innovation in Design and Communication to strengthen his career path. After finishing his middle school in China, His family moved to Fairfax, Virginia and he attended high school there. He is working on a project relating to student conceptions of ethics, and the way these conceptions influence future practice.

Shantanu Kashyap
Undergraduate Researcher

Shantanu Kashyap is a Junior at Purdue University majoring in user experience design, minoring in Psychology and a certificate course in Collaborative Leadership. He works as a Research Assistant at Purdue’s UX Design lab and as a Graphic Designer for Purdue Student Life Marketing. He is currently working on a project focused on building and supporting critique environments across project-based disciplinary contexts.

Kaitlin Groothuis
Undergraduate Researcher

Kaitlin Groothuis is a junior at Purdue majoring in User Experience Design. She hopes to be a metaphorical mushroom: digesting information to leave her surroundings richer than where she started. She is working as a research assistant on a project centered around resources to support human trafficking survivors.

Lab Alumni

Postdoc

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  • Chris Rhys Watkins (MS; 2017-2019) – UX/UI Designer, Floify
  • Shreya Randive (MS; 2019) – iOS Engineer, Expedia Group

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