Buehler Erin

Erin Buehler

Doctoral Candidate

Affiliation:University of Maryland,
Baltimore County
Research Areas:3D printing, accessibility, assistive technology, digital fabrication, education, interaction design, mixed methods, rapid prototyping
As a youngster, I was bright, ambitious, and determined to one day become a Tyrannosaurus rex. This is easier said than done. Instead, I am a doctoral candidate in the Human-Centered Computing program at UMBC. My research examines how rapid fabrication tools can be leveraged to create assistive devices and support accessible education. For my full CV, click here. Also, I'm currently on the job market, so if you'd like a dinosaur-turned-scientist on your team or you just like my research, then please reach out.


University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing, 2017 (expected)

Advisor: Dr. Amy Hurst

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

M.S. in Human-Centered Computing, 2014

Eastern Washington University

B.S. in Computer Science, 2011

Honors & Awards

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (2016)

Web for All Conference Addressing Information Barriers (W4A)
Student Travel Grant (2016)

National Science Foundation Grant
“EAGER: Exploring Appropriate 3D Printing Paradigms in Special Education” with Dr. Amy Hurst (2014 – 2016)

Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship, UMBC
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Curriculum Grant with Dr. Amy Hurst (2014)

U.S. Department of Education
GAANN Fellowship (2013 – 2015)

Eastern Washington University
Outstanding Student in Computer Science (2011)

Selected Publications

Conference Papers

McDonald, S., Comrie, N., Buehler, E., Carter, C., Dubin, B., Gordes, K., McCombe-Waller, S., and Hurst, A. (2016). “Uncovering Challenges and Opportunities for 3D Printing Assistive Technology with Physical Therapists.” (ACM ASSETS 2016. Best Student Paper.)


Buehler, E., Easley, W., Poole, A., and Hurst, A. (2016). “Accessibility Barriers to Online Education for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.” (W4A 2016.)


Buehler, E., Easley, W., McDonald, S., Comrie, N., and Hurst, A. (2015). “Inclusion and Education: 3D Printing for Integrated Classrooms.” (ACM ASSETS 2015.)


Buehler, E., Branham, S., Ali, A., Chang, J., Hofmann, M., Hurst, A., and Kane, S.K. (2015). “Sharing is Caring: Assistive Technology Designs on Thingiverse.” (ACM CHI 2015, Best Paper Award.)


Buehler, E., Kane, S. K., and Hurst, A. (2014). “ABC and 3D: Opportunities and Obstacles to 3D Printing in Special Education Environments.” (ACM ASSETS 2014).

Posters, Demos, and Notes

Buehler, E., Grimes, S., Grimes, S., and Hurst, A. “Investigating 3D Printing Education with Youth Designers and Adult Educators.” (FabLearn 2015, poster).
Buehler, E., Hofmann, M., and Hurst, A. (2014). “Coming to Grips: 3D Printing for Accessibility.” (ACM ASSETS 2014, demo).



2016 & 2015 – Special Topic: 3D Printing and Entrepreneurship, UMBC
2014 – Introduction to Computer Programming, UMBC
2013 – Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction, UMBC
2012 – Computer Programming II, UMBC


2013 – Structured Systems Analysis and Design, UMBC (Assistant)
2012 & 2013 – Learning About, With, and From Students with Intellectual Disabilities, UMBC (Assistant)
2011 – Electronic Commerce, UMBC (Assistant)

Press Mentions

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