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Objective

I leverage user-centered design, qualitative research, and iterative prototyping to identify and resolve issues of technology usability and accessibility. By my reckoning, anything can be accomplished with communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Education

Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing, 2017 (Expected)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Advisor: Dr. Amy Hurst

M.S. in Human-Centered Computing, 2014
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

B.S. in Computer Science, 2011
Eastern Washington University

Skills + Tools

Qualitative Research
Contextual Inquiry, Ethnography and Field Observation, Focus Groups and Interviewing, Participatory and Co-Design

Development and Design
Java, Python, HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, Balsamiq, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing

Honors + Awards

  • 2016 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
  • 2016 ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility; Best Student Paper
  • 2015 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems; Best Paper Award
  • 2011 Eastern Washington University; Outstanding Student in Computer Science

Selected Publications

Buehler, E., Comrie, N., Hofmann, M., McDonald, S., and Hurst, A. (2016). “Investigating the Implications of 3D Printing in Special Education.” ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS), 8, 3, Article 11 (March 2016).

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.” Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS). ACM, New York, NY, USA 131-139. Best student paper award.

Buehler, E., Easley, W., Poole, A., and Hurst, A. (2016). “Accessibility Barriers to Online Education for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.” Proceedings of the Web for All Conference, (W4A). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 27.

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.” Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 525-534. 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.” Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 107-114.