March 28th, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Program Investment: $30 (includes lunch for all participants)
MSOE Dierks Hall

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About this Event

Are you a high school student passionate about technical and digital innovations? Do you like learning about different species? Do you want to learn to know how to influence alien (or human) behavior? Is your superpower being creative and solving messy problems? Do you like drawing and doodling?

Learn about the quickly growing field of User Experience (UX) by focusing on creating products in alien-centered (or human-centered) ways.  Over the course of the day, you'll get to work on a design challenge to solve problems for aliens and to get to an end product. You'll learn about the latest tools of the trade and rely on techniques and games that UX professionals at technology companies like Google and Facebook, use on a daily basis. You'll need to stay on your toes to keep up with the fast-paced, interactive  activities that will leave you with multiple artifacts to show in your portfolio for applying to the top intergalactic consulting agencies and top universities. You'll play Xbox and experience virtual reality with Oculus Rift and Google cardboard during breaks and lunch at MSOE's new Diercks Computational Science Hall. 

Your Space Alien (and Human) Experts (aka Instructors) 

  • Dr. Katie Panciera is an assistant professor of user experience at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Prior to starting at MSOE, Dr. Panciera was a Senior UX Researcher at Google and a UX Researcher at Facebook. Her favorite Christmas gift this year was her Oculus Quest which allows her to slice boxes with light sabers in VR while looking completely ridiculous to onlookers.
  • Dr. Jordan Beck is an assistant professor of user experience at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Prior to joining MSOE, Dr. Beck co-directed the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Pennsylvania State University. His favorite extracurricular activity is sport climbing, which he does at a local rock gym alongside his five-year-old daughter and partner.

Additional Information

All registered participants will receive additional information - including check-in locations & parking instructions - approximately a week before the event.