Fomer graduate students who I have advised as major professor in my lab

Daniel Choates (MS, 2013-2015)

Daniel has moved to Seattle and is working for Big Fish Games, Inc., a large casual gaming company. We are eager to hear more about his experiences there ...

Joe Vargas (MS, 2010-2015)

Joe started working for Honeywell in 2013 and finished his empirical masters project on ecological display design for complex process control (crude oil refinery) in late 2014. He is currently working for the UX division of Honeywell in Minneapolis, MN.

Nicole Sanders (MS, 2012-2014)

Nicole is currently working in the education field in Portland.

Krutika Gohil (MS, 20011-2014)

Krutika went from her masters degree in our program straight into a Ph.D. program in Neuropsychology at the University of Hamburg in Germany. She is currently pursuing her degree there and enjoying German cuisine.

Michael Teske (MS, 2008-2010)

Mike went to work for the Kohl group as a human factors specialist (at Hewlett-Packard) and is now working in psychosocial rehabilitation in Idaho Falls.

Kylie Castellaw (MS, 2008-2010)

Kylie is being claimed to equal parts by the University of Idaho's art & design program and our human factors program. After receiving her BA in Art & Design, Kylie received her MS in human factors psychology working on graphical passwords. She is currently User Experience Designer at Hewlett-Packard.

Robert Bastholm (MS, 2007-2010)

Rob is currently Human Factors Engineer at Spectrum Software Technology

Brad Hagoski (MS, 2005-2007)

Brad is currently Human Factors Engineer at Dynamic Research Inc.

Korey Johnson (MS, 2005-2007)

Korey and I worked together on a graphical user authentication (aka password) system that enables users to remember randomly selected information for long durations of time. He also went on to win second place in the annual business plan competition at the University of Idaho. Korey then started to work for UserCentric in Chicago and is currently Vice President for User Experience at GfK, a global marketing and research company, working mainly on issues related to health care and medical devices. Korey's story was written up a few years ago for the University of Idaho's website by their marketing people - you can see it here or here if the UI link is not available any more.

Derek Viita (MS, 2004-2006)

After his masters degree Derek went to work at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and from there to Microsoft’s Connected Car team and he is currently a Senior Analyst for the Automotive Consumer Insights service, Seattle, USA.

Jayme Jacobson (MS, 2002-2005)

Jayme and I published an interesting paper on the perception and meaningfulness of shadows - a great combination of art, design, and perceptual science. She also developed a course on Art & Perception that she taught in our undergraduate program. She is currently Instructional Designer at Seattle University.

Thomas Sneed (MS, 2002-2004)

Tom went to work for the Kohl group and is currently User Experience Designer at Hewlett-Packard in Boise, ID.

Andreas Finkelmeyer (MS, 2000-2002).

Andreas went on to get his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, then a post-doc at RWTH Aachen, Germany, and is currently working at Newcastle University, UK, on issues related to cognitive neuroscience of emotions and depression using fMRI methods.


Below are a few students from my prior lab at the University of Göttingen in Germany

Thomas Schmidt (PhD, 1998-2002)

Thomas worked in my German lab on spatial cognition and received his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen under my former supervisor Prof. Dr. Gerd Lüer in 2002. He is now professor of psychology at the TU Kaiserslautern, Germany, looking at a host of different issues including response priming, visual awareness, perception and action, and spatial cognition.

Björn Rump (MS, 1999-2001)

Björn went on to get his Ph.D. with my colleague Tim McNamara at Vanderbilt University, TN. He is currently working at the German Institute for International Educational Research.

Ulrich Trautwein (MS, 1998-99)

While I was at the University Göttingen, Ulrich convinced me to let him work on a topic related to art education for his masters thesis which he promptly presented at a workshop in sunny Italy. After getting his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development he is now  professor of Educational Science and executive director of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Jörn Diedrichsen (MS, 1995-98)

Jörn worked in my German lab at the University of Göttingen and then received his Ph.D. at the University of Berkeley in Psychology. He did a post-doc at Johns Hopkins and currently is heading his research group on motor behavior at the University College London.


And here is an incomplete list of notable undergraduate students who have worked in the lab over the years ...

Dan Ryskamp. Dan received a nice undergraduate research scholarship and worked with me on basic visual perception research and the goCognitive website. He later got his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Utah and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Jade Francetich. Jade worked with me on research, served as a lab coordinator, and contributed to the goCognitive web project. Against my advice Jade only applied to Ph.D. programs in sleep research - I had told her that the chance of her getting into such a program would be slim and that she should broaden her interests. Well - she is now in the last years of getting her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology with an emphasis in sleep research at the University of North Texas  and I have to admit that she was right ;)

Ashley Elsensohn. Ashley did research with me on short-term memory and then committed her life to the medical profession. She studied medicine at Utah State and the Harvard School of Public Health and has co-founded a company that sells sustainably sourced Yemeni coffee.

Daniela Cohen. Daniela also worked on short-term memory with me, and she played tennis for the University of Idaho at the NCAA division I level. She is continuing her studies at Haifa, Israel, and Old Dominon University.

Björn Rump and Melanie Jäger both independently visited the lab for internships when I got started at the University of Idaho.

Thomas Sneed, Connor Hoover, Thomas Hsu, and Mike Teske also worked as undergraduates in my lab before becoming graduate students in our masters program.