Gateways 2016 introduced undergraduate Joel Gonzalez-Santiago to the work of nanoHUB, presented by Lynn Zentner of Purdue University, and led to an internship.

Sirko, Gregory

Gregory Sirko
Purdue University
Dr. Paul Parsons

Hello! My name is Gregory Sirko. I am studying in my second year at Purdue University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in User Experience Design. Alongside my primary degree, I am pursuing minors in psychology and anthropology. I work as a research assistant in another space, called the Community-Computer Interaction Lab with Dr. Austin Toombs here at Purdue.

I am interested in user research, particularly in understanding conditions and effects of personal technologies, digital and physical, on humans’ senses of social, mental, and cultural wellbeing. Additional areas that I am concerned with are information architecture and visual design. I hope to understand more meaningful manners of visual and interface design and system presentation to improve information literacy, ease of use, and enjoyment.

Studying within my UX degree here has afforded numerous opportunities to experience rich fast-paced, user-focused projects that one might find working in the field. I have worked in multiple and various phases of UX design and have firsthand experience with user research and testing methods, including (but not limited to): observations, interviews, usability testing, and heuristic analysis. In addition, I have had significant training and practice with sketching and rapid prototyping, including: low, medium, and high-fidelity digital prototypes. Furthermore, creating wireframes, user task flows, and personas are some other noteworthy skills I have been able to develop throughout my studies. I have worked in web and mobile settings.

I now work as a usability consultant with Abbee and Chris through the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). We consult with members of science communities from different backgrounds, including those who provide and access geospatial mapping, hydrologic data and others. Our work involves analyzing and testing various forms of websites or web applications in order to present feedback and redesign considerations to improve the overall user experience, namely in terms of usability. We make use of methods such as heuristic analysis, usability testing, and cognitive walkthrough.