Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Mark A. Riccobono

Mark A. Riccobono
Executive Director, Jernigan Institute
National Federation of the Blind

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Tina Lee

Tina Lee
Researcher
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Seunghyun “Tina” Lee is a Ph.D student in Industrial Design working at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access in College of Architecture. Her research interest is in human-computer interaction (HCI) using universal and human-centered design approaches to provide better experiences for people with and without limitations. Currently, she is working on designing and developing mobile voting interfaces using the universal design approach for facilitating voting performance. Read more »

Kathryn Summers

Kathryn Summers
Associate Professor
University of Baltimore
Kathryn Summers' current work focuses on making medical and other information easier to find, navigate and read on the Web for people with lower literacy skills.

Stephen Blosser

Stephen Blosser
Assistive Technology Specialist
Michigan State University

Stephen Blosser has served as the Assistive Technology Specialist at the RCPD since 1998. MSU approaches assistive technology delivery as a team effort. Stephen works closely with MSU associates, assistive technology users, parents, aides, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, physicians and service providers. To facilitate assistive technology implementation, Stephen is involved in the initial evaluation, system design, construction, delivery, mounting, training and maintenance of technology systems for persons with disabilities. Read more »

Frances Harris, PhD

Frances Harris, PhD
Research Scientist
Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

Dr. Harris is a Research Scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Dublin. Read more »

Shaun Kane

Shaun Kane
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Shaun Kane is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Shaun's primary research interests are accessible user interfaces and mobile human-computer interaction. Shaun's work explores ways to make mobile devices easier to use, especially for people with disabilities and people in distracting environments. Shaun received his PhD from The Information School at the University of Washington in 2011. 

Andrew Baranak

Andrew Baranak
Industrial Designer & Research Scientist
Georgia Tech Research Institute

Andrew Baranak is the lead industrial designer in the Consumer Product Integration Branch of GTRI. Andrew has worked on product design and engineering projects pertaining to human centered design and accommodation since 2007. Throughout his time at GTRI, he has used this interest to inform numerous projects. From helping with the design of gloves that educate people about the effects of arthritis on people’s hands to cereal packaging design to wearable sensor suites for the military, Andrew continues to grow his understanding of the human-product interaction. Read more »

Amy Eskilson

Amy Eskilson
CEO and President
Inrad Optics

Ms. Amy Eskilson has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Inrad Optics Inc. since October 1, 2012. Ms. Eskilson served as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Photonic Products Group Inc. since joining in February 7, 2011 until October 1, 2012. She has a wealth of experience in the photonics sector. She was formerly with Thorlabs, Inc. and served as a Director of Business Development for the photonic components catalog. Read more »

David Hemker

David Hemker
Chief Technology Officer
Lam Research

Dr. David Hemker has spent the past 24 years in the semiconductor equipment industry focusing on advanced technology development. He joined Lam Research Corporation in 1998 as vice president of New Product Development and is currently the Chief Technology Officer, responsible for long range research and technology development. Prior to joining Lam, he was vice president of Technology for PMT/Trikon, where he managed research and development, technology, and engineering. He also spent five years in various technology roles at Applied Materials.

Sharon Laskowski

Sharon Laskowski
Computer Scientist
National Institute of Standards and Technology

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