Faculty: Elizabeth Rosenzweig
Program: User-Centered Design
Course: RUCD 190 Capstone
Awards: Usability Professionals Association: Lifetime Achievement Award 2009
Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM and Goddard College, B.A.
Bio: Elizabeth Rosenzweig is a design researcher whose mission is to use technology to make the world a better place. She believes that the best design comes from good research. This all starts with a user-centered design. From volunteer events, design challenges, and research projects. Elizabeth has been able to push the bounds of the current status quo and innovate. Examples include founding running World Usability Day, producing 4 Patents on intelligent design for image management and organizations, long-term impact on Medicare.gov, yearlong study on body-worn cameras, and other projects. Rosenzweig’s work can be seen at designresearchforgood.org
Why is this course important or valuable to a UCD student?
The Capstone course brings together all the skills and knowledge the UCD student has obtained from the UCD program. The Capstone allows them to apply these skills to a project of their choosing, perhaps one they have been thinking of for a while, or a brand new idea. This class is a wonderful opportunity to create a strong portfolio piece that they can use when they interview for a job.
Why do you enjoy teaching this course?
I enjoy engaging with the students as they give birth, grow and refine their ideas. Since this is often one of the last classes, the UCD students come into the class with strong skills. The journey from the inception of their idea to a fully designed clickable prototype in one term is amazing.
Anything else you would like to share with a prospective student?
The final presentation is the best part because it provides the student with experience of presenting their original project to the UCD Advisory Board, who then provides support, mentorship, and invaluable feedback on the work. The Advisory Board is a strong network of seasoned UCD professionals that helps build a strong network for the UCD student.