Over the past year I have been working with McGill University to improve their web user experience. This top-ranking Canadian institution is based in Montreal, Quebec, and recruits from all over the globe. Outreach events and interactive mapping play a big role in their effective device-agnostic, digital user experience.
I have been working for a couple of years on two research projects through the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State. The research falls under the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute within the university at University Park. One of the projects is called Shale Network and is a scientific collaboration space around water quality data in the U.S. Marcellus Shale Region in PA and NY. The second project is called Critical Zone Exploration Network and is a collaboration platform for 1,700 hydrochemists and other scientists working in this field around the world. Both projects are Drupal 7 migrations from older D6 sites, and we are working to make these primary hubs for scientific collaboration on environmental health both locally and around the globe. Both projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
I am currently authoring some new components for an excellent course in the College of Information Sciences & Technology at Penn State University. The course is titled Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technology and Applications and pursues the expanded knowledge of information technology and systems integration issues across multiple application settings including specific methods for designing and building advanced systems. The format is online, hands-on, watch, learn, build. The technologies we’ll focus on are MEAN stack, Drupal 8, Reactjs, PHP, and I’m thinking of adding some Python/Django for fun.
I am very happy to have made a small contribution to a very large publication. The 4th Edition of Web Style Guide, Foundations of User Experience Design (Yale University Press, Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton, and Ethan Marcotte) is a necessary part of learning proper design in this field of Web Development. ‘This new revised edition confirms Web Style Guide as the go-to authority in a rapidly changing market’ (Yale University Press).
“With this new edition, the authors update the book to include important changes in the field of web building. This book will appeal to the professional web builder, the instructor, the scholar, and, of course, the student.”—Greg O’Toole, author of Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design
As a faculty member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, I teach many courses related to building with web technology. I focus on leading languages, software and methods that scale up to the demands of the assembled web that users expect across any number of mobile devices and platforms. In the contemporary world, every environment is a web environment and users expect a beautiful and personal experience.
I also use these technologies in National Science Foundation funded research projects across different Penn Sate institutes and colleges working to discover and implement new ways to augment scientific collaboration, development, and teaching across the planet.