Taking a break from volunteering at the Girl Develop It: Ann Arbor Birthday Party in July 2016.

Taking a break from volunteering at the Girl Develop It: Ann Arbor Birthday Party in July 2016.

 

About Rachael

I apply human-centered design methods to solving problems with technology for Michigan Medicine's clinical business units and medical education programs. I am the founding member of Women in Technology Chat, a safe space for women and non-binary tech workers to talk to each other online. In my career, I’ve worked across diverse domains: patient safety, medical education, as well as enterprise and consumer software applications.

I’ve been fascinated with technology for as long as I can remember. I came of age in the time of dial-up and AOL chat rooms. I taught myself to write HTML and CSS so that I could design custom themes for my LiveJournal. Facebook’s watchful gaze settled in upon my generation while we were in college. This early exposure combined with my curiosity for how things work is the bedrock of my passion for software design.

Fellowship and research

Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellow at MATRIX, Michigan State University (2011-2012)

Service

  • Submission Reviewer, Information Architecture Summit (since 2015)
  • Social Media Manager, Information Architecture Summit (Fall 2016)
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Information Architecture Institute "Barn Raising" (2015-16)
  • Founder, Women In Technology Slack group (2015)
  • Perennial Volunteer and TA, Girl Develop It Ann Arbor (since 2015)

Talks

"There's a universe in my coffee mug: how a software tester drinks a cup of coffee," poster exhibition, Information Architecture Institute, Atlanta, GA (2016)

"Once you see it, you can't unsee it: tracing information ecologies," main program talk, Information Architecture Summit, Minneapolis, MN (2015)

"Building a better conference through user-centered design," poster exhibition and proceedings, ACM Meeting of the Special Interest Group for Design of Communication, Greenville, NC (2013)

"Twitter, identity, and conference backchannels," unconference session, THATCamp Research Triangle Park, Chapel Hill, NC (2012)

":) | :( Discursive Performance in Digitally Mediated Communication," media exhibition, Computers and Writing, Raleigh, NC (2012)

Attended

  • Self.conference, Detroit, MI (2016)
  • Information Architecture Summit, Atlanta, GA (2016)
  • Information Architecture Summit, Minneapolis, MN (2015)
  • Midwest UX, Indianapolis, IN (2014)
  • Great Lakes Software Excellence Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (2014)
  • Meeting of the ACM Special Interest Group in Design of Communication, Greenville, NC (2013)
  • Computers and Writing, Raleigh, NC (2012)
  • HASTAC, Ann Arbor, MI (2011)
  • Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool, Michigan State University (2011)