Student Design Jam Judges

Ronnie Battista

Title: UX Practice Lead ­ Slalom Consulting, Program Director and Lead Adjunct ­ Rutgers University Mini-Masters in UXD course
Treasurer/Director of Certification ­ UPA International

Description: Ronnie Battista leads the User Experience practice at Slalom Consulting in NYC. In He has previously held UX Leadership roles at MISI Company (now NTT Data), Gextech, D&B and Accenture, where he built and led Accentures Innovation Center User Experience Labs practice. Ronnie co-created the Rutgers Mini-Masters in User Experience Design course with Marilyn Tremaine,where he serves as Program Director and Adjunct Professor. Ronnie is a past President of the UPA New Jersey Chapter, and now serves on the Board of Directors for UPA-I as Treasurer and Director of Certification.

Years in the UPA: I've been a UPA member since 2001, attending my first conference that year which was also in Las Vegas.

Value about UPA: I most value the people that bring their passion and expertise to this industry. Through local and international UPA events and initiatives, I have been fortunate to have made many professional and personal relationships. It's been great so far, and I am excited about where we are headed.

Jakob Biesterfeldt

Jakob Biesterfeldt pictureTitle: Director of International Practice at UID Germany, Director of Marketing & Communications at UPA International

Description: At UID, I plan and manage international UX research and design projects. In my role as a board member of UPA International, I am responsible for marketing, branding and communication activities that meet the needs and expectations of our members.

Years in the UPA: 9 in the German UPA, 7 in the UPA International

Value about UPA: UPA connects me to people in the UX community who matter to me

Rich Gunther

Rich Gunther pictureTitle: Principal Interaction Design at Oracle Corporation, Principal/Co-Owner at Ovo Studios, LLC, and President of UPA International

Description: In my role at Oracle, I do interaction design for Fusion Middleware application development tools, specifically the JDeveloper and Netbeans integrated development environments. At Ovo Studios, I occupy an emeritus role, providing strategic direction and management for the usability lab and software company I helped build over the past 10 years. I also serve as President of UPA International, where I am part of ongoing efforts to re-align the direction of the association around the broadening scope of User Experience and our place in the product/service development lifecycle.

Years in the UPA: I've been a UPA member since 1999, and have attended every UPA conference since Asheville in 2000.

Value about UPA: I most value having the counsel of colleagues for complex design decisions. The networking and professional development opportunities that UPA has afforded me throughout my career are one of the key reasons for my success.

Carol Smith

Carol Smith pictureTitle: Lead UX Business Consultant.

Description: I have been negotiating on behalf of users for more than ten years. In my work I focus on user research (interviews and observations) and transforming that data into usable communication tools such as mental models and personas. I also plan and conduct usability tests on prototypes of various fidelities to identify usability issues as early as possible.

I earned my Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University and I am a regular presenter at UX and technical conferences internationally. I have worked with clients in a wide range of industries including: education, healthcare, government, manufacturing and retail. I am the Vice President of UPA International and Lead UX Business Consultant of Perficient, Incs Experience Design Agency.

Years in the UPA: 10+
Value about UPA: The People! Great advice and I've made wonderful friends through the UPA

Chauncey Wilson

Chauncey Wilson picture
Chauncey Wilson is the User Research Architect for the Building and Collaboration Group at Autodesk, Inc. in Waltham, MA and adjunct lecturer in the HFID graduate program at Bentley University where he has taught a class on Interaction Design and Prototyping for 10 years. He has more than 30 years in the field as a usability engineer, interaction designer, usability manager, and development manager. He has worked with the Army Human Engineering Laboratory, Digital Equipment Corporation, Dun & Bradstreet Software, BMC Software, Pitney Bowes, and The MathWorks. Chauncey presents often at CHI, UPA, HFES, APA, and STC conferences and has published widely in the areas of social psychology, usability, and user experience design and evaluation.

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