Capstone Projects By Industry

 

Harika Bommu


Professional Experience Project

Smarter Sorting

with: Tom Williamson

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Optimizing Product Classification for a "Back-of-Store" Management

Making the existing Classification Portal actionable and constantly reinforce the value that Smarter Sorting is adding to the users' (retailers' & suppliers') business. Defining what is noise and what is essential to be seen on the dashboard and how the filters might act in edge cases all while thinking about how it might affect Smarter Sorting's business. The solution being a dashboard that can help with providing real time insights through custom reporting. Making a seamless supplier-retailer communication for quick and accurate classification information. Providing essential metrics that can potentially elevate Smarter Sorting business.
 

Alison Brislin


Professional Experience Project

Alexander Architectural Archives

with: Dr. Katie Pierce Meyer

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Alternative Access Points for the Alexander Architectural Archives

I worked with the Alexander Architectural Archives to identify a project which would be useful for research during and post the COVID-19 crisis. We decided it prudent to create alternative access points to further discoverability and scholarship when physical objects are unavailable. Prior to shelter-in-place, I had processed and created a finding aid for the Lang and Witchell collection. Their archive had been digitized, allowing me to ingest assets into the UT Libraries digital asset management system and publish them to the Collections portal. I created MODS metadata using authority files and controlled vocabularies to thoroughly describe assets, optimizing access.
 

Elizabeth Buchanan


Professional Experience Project

Texas Digital Library

with: Lea DeForest

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Texas Digital Library Digitization Inventory

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) is a consortium of higher education institutions in the state of Texas focused on building capacity for digital preservation and access to their member institutions collections. For my capstone, I surveyed the member institutions of the consortium in order to better understand their digitization needs and to identify hidden special collections that would particularly benefit from digitization. Using these results, I assessed a wide number of digitization labs in Texas and created a Lab Location Tool to allow TDLs members to locate and partner with labs that will best meet their digitization needs.
 

Chih-Han Chang


Professional Experience Project

WellSky

with: Carlos Tovar

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Improving Usability and User Adoptions of a Design Language System

I am going to work on a project that dedicates on improving the usability and user adoption rates of WellSky Design Language System. The WellSky Design Language System is a design system developed by WellSky UX team that aims to increase effectiveness for designers, software developers, and product managers. It also provides a cohesive user experience and branding for WellSkys users. This project will evaluate the current status of usability and provide suggestions to enhance adoption rates so that I can present valuable insights for WellSky.
 

Yuqing Chen


Professional Experience Project

Nokia

with: Jose Ortega

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Digital Subscriber Management for Hyper-personalized Enterprise Network Plans

This project focused on enabling a digital transformation targeted at connecting the needs of telecommunication service providers and their enterprise consumers. This platform will serve as a network management service that facilitates the creation of hyper-personalized enterprise plans and proactive recommendations. By using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to filter and provide insights from enterprise data, carriers will be able to differentiate their service offerings while saving money and utilizing their resources effectively. By including customizable features in each service offering, enterprises will be able to service their end consumer in the most efficient way possible.
 

Yi-Chen Chen


Professional Experience Project

Sentier Strategic Resources

with: Tom Thornton

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Using Regularized Linear Regression to Identify Drivers of Diabetes Progression

Objective: Determine the crucial patient factors that predict diabetes progression in a real-world data set (Efron, 2004).Approach: We applied standard and regularized linear regression (lasso) to model disease progression using 10 explanatory variables (age, sex, bmi, average blood pressure, and 6 blood sera measurements).Key insight: Standard regression leads to overfitting and generalizes poorly to new data. Regularized regression inherently favors simpler models that successfully predict diabetes progression using fewer explanatory variables.Results: Five patient factors (including sex, bmi, blood pressure, s3 and s5) emerged as statistically significant drivers of diabetes disease progression.
 

Chongyan Chen


Thesis

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Danna Gurari

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Image Captioning and Visual Question Answering with External Knowledge

The field of computer vision has made significant advances in visual question answering (VQA) and image captioning. The sophisticated models in use today work well on simple tasks but they perform poorly when the task requires common sense or external knowledge. Previous research has explored VQA using a knowledge base and image captioning using reverse image search. However, there is a need for studies that explore the benefits of multi-source external knowledge for real tasks in these two areas. This thesis compares three kinds of external knowledge: knowledgebase, reverse image search, and search by text and evaluates them on two image captioning datasets: COCO-captions and VizWiz-captions as well as on three visual question answering datasets: VQA v2, VizWiz-VQA, and OK-VQA. The results show that including external knowledge can largely improve the accuracy of VQA. This research confirms that reverse image search is suitable for the image captioning task and suggests to explore knowledge base for image captioning. It also suggests that knowledge base is more suitable for traditional VQA while search by text is more suitable for VizWiz VQA dataset. Besides, the results show a possibility of answering visual questions using low-quality images or even answering unanswerable questions by using external knowledge. Our research provides greater understanding for the VizWiz Challenge and reveals a gap between traditional VQA/Image captioning task and real VQA/Image captioning task from the perspective of external knowledge.
 

Wei Cheng


Professional Experience Project

SAP

with: Candice Osbrone

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Redesigning the File Sharing Experience for SAP Digital UX Team

The work documents of SAP Digital UX Team need to migrate from an OneDrive shared folder to a new SharePoint site. By utilizing UX design process to plan the file migration process, I conducted interviews with the stakeholders to define needs and goals, planned and prototyped the site's structure, finally designed and implemented the new SharePoint site.
 

Jingyi Cheng


Professional Experience Project

The Institute for Media Innovation at the Moody College of Communication

with: S. Craig Watkins

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IMI Mental Health Peer Support Project

The project deals with uncovering and tackling issues related to mental health care and access of resources amongst the youth. The project followed the design thinking process. We conducted research to identify the barriers for young people in mental health support, and explored and ideated how smartphones and social media can be integrated with Artificial Intelligence to offer more innovative and relevant mental health care through peer support, increasing mental health literacy. The final deliverable a working prototype that allows young people to form a safe and supportive community among mental health peers and provides professional mental health care services from trained peer specialists.
 

Eric Chi


Professional Experience Project

Faculty Innovation Center

with: Chad Fulton

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Faculty Innovation Center Website Redesign

The Faculty Innovation Center (FIC) of UT Austin provides innovative teaching and learning strategies and tools that help faculty and students to achieve their goal successfully. However, due to the lack of a thorough plan when building the sites, it's difficult for users to navigate through the resources. My job is to help them update their information architecture and deliver a wonderful experience to users.
 

Wei-Chun Chou


Professional Experience Project

University of Texas Health Center at Houston

with: Dr. Guo-Qiang Zhang

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Design an Interactive Trajectory Planning Tool for Brain Surgery in EpiToMe system

Implanting electrodes in patients' brains is often necessary to precisely locate the source of seizure activities. This delicate surgery needs a detailed plan. The ToMe Team develops an innovative web application that allows doctors to add conventional electrodes or create their own marks on six angles of brain maps. This tool can help doctors to record the trajectory of electrodes during the case conference before they fine-tune the surgical software. I am responsible for designing the interactive brain map and coding the part of the prototype with an agile process that iterates a version every two weeks.
 

Wan-Chun Chu


Professional Experience Project

Center of Transportation Research

with: Kevyn Barnes

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Redesign a Library Cataloging System

The staff query and cataloging system is a system used by the librarians of the Center of Transportation Research(CTR). They use this system to search, browse, and edit the records of CTRs collections. While the system has been functioning well to serve the tasks conducted by the librarians, it has long been complained about its inconsistent and outdated design. The goal of the project is to evaluate users needs and current workflow and incorporate them into the new design of interfaces. The focus of the new design is to create a better user experience. In this project, I utilized heuristic evaluation to uncover usability problems and made design recommendations based on them. Then I conducted three user shadowing sessions with the librarians to find out their pain points and observe how they use the system to complete their daily tasks. Finally, based on the findings of my research, I produced design documents including wireframes and hi-fi mockups in an iterative manner.
 

YiJu Chung


Professional Experience Project

Proximity Learning

with: Danielle Erdberg

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UX Research and Design of the Internal Tool

Provide input for the user experience and design of our internal tools. Work on internal user experience and operational workflow improvement and provide tool design suggestions. The major focus will be around the topic of the internal tools for building information exchanging among different operational teams.
 

Logan Cooley


Professional Experience Project

University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music

with: Dr. Luisa Nardini

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Chant Hypertexts: A Web Resource for Medieval Chants

Dr. Luisa Nardini of the Butler School is creating a companion website to her forthcoming book Chant Hypertexts on medieval Italian liturgical chants. My project has focused on using Caspio to create the database of chants which underlies the site. I have also created a prototype of the sites visual portion, which presents digitized chant manuscripts, modern transcriptions, and annotated Latin texts in Digital Mappa. Following this project, users can now search the full repository of chants by a number of parameters and view all currently available images and texts.
 

Ken Copelin


Professional Experience Project

Dell Medical School, Department of Nutritional Sciences

with: Dr. Marissa Burgermaster

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CDS 2.0: Physician Led Collaborative Goal Setting for Patients with Diabetes

Due to low income and lack of insurance coverage, patients that are referred to registered dieticians are less likely to attend follow-up appointments. For my capstone project, I conducted research to better understand the physician workflow and design software that would provide physicians with the information necessary to communicate nutritional concerns and collaborate on goals with their patients. Our research consisted of a competitive analysis, literature review, interviews with medical experts, design prototyping and user testing. The final product of our capstone project is an interactive prototype that focuses on collaborative nutritional goal setting between physician and patient.
 

Brady Cox


Professional Experience Project

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT)

with: Chris Barden

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Identifying Solutions for Long-Term Information Needs at ERCOT

Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power for about 90 percent of the states electric load. Working as a Records Management Specialist this semester for ERCOTs Information Governance program, I performed research and proposed solutions to meet the companys long-term information needs. This included research on industry standards, vendors, and third-party solutions for long-term digital preservation of information. Deliverables included a business justification document, a draft set of business requirements that can be used for a future RFI or RFP, an executive summary of the work performed, and a recommendation to ERCOTs upper management.
 

Di Cui


Professional Experience Project

UT Health San Antonio

with: Rene Echavarri

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UT Health San Antonio’s Pattern Library Website Research

Analyzing current UT health San Antonios pattern library and design system websites for both internalaudiences and third-party resources who would use it to build or customize websites and digital interface. The focus of this project would be research, recommendations and possibly prototyping of ways to effectively package and present the whole design system which including functional components, accessibility practices, governance documents and design patterns.
 

Linna Dean


Professional Experience Project

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

with: Jennifer Ronsen

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TSLAC’s Talking Book Program: Inventory, Appraise, and Design a Database for Copyright Permission Letters

The Talking Book Program (TBP) within TSLAC records books in audio format for Texans with visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Prior to 1996, TBP had to get permission from the copyright holder to record a book in their studios. For this project, I looked at the records of over 3,000 books while also separating the permission letters from internal collection information materials. I created a metadata schema and determined the best database to use based on the letters and interviews with stakeholders. The design and instructions will allow TBP to build and enter data into the searchable database.
 

Xiangrui Deng


Professional Experience Project

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

with: Brian Hurdle & Devin Wilson

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Texas Wholesaler Distributor Database Performance Improvement

Texas Wholesaler Distributor Database (TWDD), which is maintained by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP), is a database that provides agency staff with information on what drug pharmacies and facilities are purchasing from wholesalers. My project improved the whole working process of TWDD by modifying the upload procedure and processing disorganized Excel files automatically. This project gives TSBP staff the ability to manage and import wholesaler data updates with some level of automation, which saves them a certain amount of time.
 

Kelly Ellis


Professional Experience Project

Healing With Horses Ranch

with: Patty D'Andrea

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Records Management in Equine Therapy: Improving Student Records Maintenance and Compliance within the G-Suite

Healing with Horses Ranch is a non-profit center that offers equine-facilitated psychotherapy and therapeutic riding lessons to hundreds of clients each year. All students must have up-to-date records regarding their medical and financial status, as well as their progress within lessons. Students who receive financial assistance from external agencies have further record-compliance requirements placed upon them. My project provides a records management structure within HHR's existing G-Suite, through document templates and file management protocols, that allows for consistent and streamlined data entry, migration, linking, and auto-population. This proposed records management system facilitates administrative maintenance of and access to student data while making it easier for instructors to populate the student records.
 

Lucy Flamm


Professional Experience Project

Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin

with: Dr. Dale Correa

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Jaridat al-Balagh: Egyptian Serials and the University of Texas' Post-Acquisition Processes

I managed the post-acquisition process of the Egyptian cultural journal al-Balagh al-usbui at UT's Perry-Castaeda Library. This included crafting multilingual metadata, transforming metadata for the university's digital asset management system, writing a proposal for integration into the UT curriculum, and designing an exhibit to highlight these materials. The project represents efforts to diversify available digital resources, contribute to honing applications of optical character recognition services for non-Roman scripts, and my commitment to libraries as sites of cross-cultural understanding and exchange.
 

Chad Garrett


Professional Experience Project

Favor

with: Meg Nidever and Lauren Hamilton

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Don't Take that Tone with Me: The Importance of Evidence-based Voice and Tone Strategy in Explosive Growth Technology Firms

Kind, funny, formal, serious. We all recognize loved ones' voices without seeing their faces. Organizations are no different. Brand voice defines how customers view an organization and its products and serves as a critical part of well-designed user experiences. Voice can have real, long-term effects on an organization's reputation and bottom line. This project explores the development of brand voice at Favor, an app-based, on-demand delivery company in Austin. I employ evidence-based methodologies to measure the perception of brand voice against the brand's goals. Ultimately, I offer frameworks for refining that voice to align with customer desires and concerns.
 

Mary Beth Garrido


Professional Experience Project

Dell Medical School

with: Dr. Anjum Khurshid

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Data to Diagnosis: Designing a Data-Secure Patient Engagement Platform for Dell Medical School

The objective of this project is to design, develop, and demonstrate a mobile patient engagement technology (PET) platform for Dell Medical School's Underrepresented Populations Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP). It is my responsibility to employ design-thinking methodologies and user-centered design approaches in the development of key deliverables, namely a high-fidelity prototype. The final product will empower diverse community groups to gain and give access to their health data while ensuring the security of their personal information through privacy-preserving record linkage (PPRL).
 

Matthew Glaser


Professional Experience Project

New Braunfels Public Library

with: Gretchen Pruett

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Creating Transparency: Visualizing the New Braunfels Public Library's Reports to the State

In October 2019, the New Braunfels Public Library celebrated its twentieth anniversary. As part of the compilation of statistics for the annual report to the Texas State Library, I compiled statistics from 1999-2019 in an attempt to visualize how the library has changed over the past two decades. In doing so, I created a visualization of the 2019 report. Using the Aspen Institutes Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries as a guide, the purpose of compiling these annual reports is to give patrons a visual representation into both the administrative functions and the services libraries provide.
 

Darian Gleghorn


Professional Experience Project

Industri.us

with: Jeni Putalavage-Ross

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Creating a Roadmap to Market Entry for an Hourly Job Hunting Platform

The goal of this project was to create a roadmap for market entry for an early-stages hourly job search platform startup called Industri.us. To begin accomplishing the goal, market analysis, competitor evaluation, and business model scenario analysis were conducted. Additionally, accessibility and potential partnerships with other companies were researched, as these would be features unique to the platform. The findings reveal that the application has a significant potential market, and there are several options for pricing and market entry. The distinguishing features will help the new platform stand out among competitors.
 

Yanbin HAO


Professional Experience Project

IBM

with: Rebecca Knowe

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Heuristic Evaluation and Expert Review of AutoAI in Watson Studio

The AutoAI graphical tool in Watson Studio can automatically analyze your data and generate candidate model pipelines customized for your predictive modeling problem. The objective of the project is to examine the design of AutoAI and identify usability roadblocks with the heuristic evaluation and expert review methods. 2 UX experts were recruited and conducted expert reviews. The expert review results generated 25 insightful findings for the AutoAI product and helped designers to design the next version of AutoAI.
 

Damian Hill


Professional Experience Project

H-E-B

with: Denise Burton, Stephanie Reamsbottom, Michelle Biancardi

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Bringing Warehouse Partners into Focus: UX Research and Design for an H-E-B Enterprise Supply Chain Data Application

Over the course of seven months, I worked to gather a holistic understanding of warehouse partners in order to translate that research into designs for a web-based data application that is replacing a legacy mainframe application. My generative work included more than 40 hours of onsite observation and contextual inquiry, individual and group interviews, SME interviews, and user feedback sessions. The output of my work included research synthesis, mockups, prototypes, presentations, and now live application elements. We're currently planning evaluative research to validate our design work and identify improvements.
 

Hannah Hopkins


Professional Experience Project

with: Dr. Scott Graham

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Automated Warranting Detection Codebook

The Automated Warranting Detection Codebook captures the process of detecting discourse patterns with machine learning and orientates rhetoricians to machine learning applications. I worked with statistical computing language R to conduct feature identification on a corpus of drug funding profiles and disclosures for warranting, a mode of argumentation designed to lend support to evidence not entirely trusted by the audience. We sought to determine how funding profiles and attendant conflicts of interest change discourse patterns in biomedical publishing. Our analysis and co-written article contribute to ongoing inquiry on the effects of conflicts of interest on both medical discourse and outcomes.
 

Kassondra Horan


Professional Experience Project

SUAVS

with: Monxi Garza

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Digital Knitting with a Side of Blue Algae Soles Please – A Sustainable Menu for Slow Fashion

According to the EPA, in 2017 landfills received 11.2 million tons of textile waste. In 2019 the New York Times reported that over 60% of textiles are now synthetics derived from fossil fuels. So if the numbers havent varied drastically, roughly 9.52 million tons of textile waste added to landfills yearly wont decay.In the spirit of trying to change that I teamed up with SUAVS, a local footwear brand, to complete a study where we explored the sustainable efforts SUAVS employs as well as other industry techniques that could propel them towards a completely circular production cycle.
 

Shi Ting Huang


Professional Experience Project

Austin Technology Incubator

with: Prentiss Riddle

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From 6 to All: How to do Company Research within Six Steps?

Nowadayswe are gradually transitioning from the information explosion era to the intelligence era, which has led to the increasingly important role of business intelligence in business activities. Business intelligence allows us to anticipate business trends, study government policies to gain insight into cutting-edge technology; reduce risks through competitor strategy analysis. In this project, I collaborated with Austin Technology Incubator to study how to collect and analyze business intelligence rigorously and how to form insight and strategy for companies through 6 steps, namely company profile, industry, financials, customer, competitor and methodology.
 

Yu-Kuan Hwang


Professional Experience Project

Favor Delivery

with: Meg Nidever & Lauren Hamilton

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Favor Delivery: Non-Restaurant Delivery Customer Experience

Favor is interested in understanding the nuances of how on-demand customers use Favor (and similar services) in their daily lives. I started with market research to identify the competitors and delivery service market outlook. Then I compared the top 3 food delivery competitors to find out where Favor's advantage is. After coming to a conclusion that Favor's strength lies in its slogan "Anything delivered", Favor offers more than just food delivery. I set out to interview Favor and non-Favor customers to understand their current non-restaurant delivery experience to see how Favor can improve the experience. I ended with recommendations for Favor based on primary and secondary research that I conducted.
 

Takahiro Ishii


Professional Experience Project

Trend Micro

with: Sharon Pye

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Innovating the First-time Experience of Cloud One Network Security

My project focuses on the first-time experience (or onboarding experience) of our new product Cloud One Network Security. Traditionally, the first-time experience of network security products has been painful, because users need to take extensive training and troubleshooting sessions. Following this current state, my UX project aimed to streamline the process, eliminate training, and minimize troubleshooting. The outcomes are personas, user journey maps, prototypes, and usability reports. My UX research has revealed four new persona types and their current user journey. Then, the prototypes and the usability report envisioned the future direction we should head to.
 

Shashank Jain


Professional Experience Project

Nokia

with: Jose Ortega

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Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) onboarding platform - Automating the collaboration between telco and cloud service providers.

With technological development advancing rapidly towards compute-heavy, low latency services like autonomous cars and virtual reality, cloud, tech and communication companies are innovating new methods to deliver the required performance. 5G and Multi-Access Edge Compute (MEC) are two technologies that promise ultra-low latency to cater to these new use cases and revolutionize the digital marketplace. In this project, collaborated with a team of managers, engineers and designer to identify and prototype opportunities for Nokia software to play a critical part in the 5G-MEC ecosystem by enabling seamless integration between multiple stakeholders in that ecosystem. The project followed an intensive design thinking process and employed strategies like interviews, storyboards, personas, journey maps, and iterative wireframes to prototype a high fidelity automated web platform that enables future MEC providers to onboard and connect their MEC datacenters to telecommunication networks seamlessly.
 

Isha Dilipbhai Kanani


Professional Experience Project

with: Jeni Putalavega Ross

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Industri.us: Employment Platform for Small Businesses

The objective of this project is to research the current needs of employment in small businesses like restaurants. While LinkedIn provides an employment platform to big IT-based companies, this project surveys what kind of employment does small business need. Based on the survey data, I will be running some analysis and presenting insights on the requirements to build an employment platform for small businesses.
 

Natalia Kapacinskas


Professional Experience Project

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

with: Margaret Schlankey

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Creating Primary Source Instruction Materials for the Briscoe Center for American History

To support instruction for visiting classes at the Briscoe Center for American History, I created a set of lesson plans using archival materials from the collections. Each lesson plan is based on an instruction method for teaching with primary sources by an experienced practitioner in the field. In addition to an outline for the class session, each plan includes a set of primary source materials related to a topic (such as labor activism in Texas in the 1960s or integration at UT), learning objectives informed by the RBMS-SAA Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy, and suggested assessment methods for student learning.
 

Anmol Shridhar Khandeparkar


Professional Experience Project

with: Jeni Putalavega Ross

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Product Conception - Industri.us

As a part of my Capstone project experience, I worked for my mentor, Jeni Putalavega Ross on the conception of an end-to-end product for the hourly job market. The Mission: Industri.uss mission is to help hourly workers find better employment opportunities, while also allowing recruiters to find and hire the right talent for their company in a seamless manner. My Role: I have worked on a product conception document for Industri.us. The Product Conception documentation consists of understanding the current state of the market, empathizing with customers and users to understand their problems, analyzing the size of the target market and understanding the competitive landscape, and then utilizing all the information collected to come up with a proposed solution along with a business model and key metrics to identify success for the business.
 

Daniel Kramer


Professional Experience Project

The University of Texas at Austin

with: Quinn Stewart

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Information in Cyberspace (INF335) E-Learning Instructional Design

For over 20 years, the UT School of Information has taught the undergraduate course, Information in Cyberspace. This online course has been developed and supported by the School of Information teaching assistants, and has evolved into specializations in Choose Your Own Adventure and HCI/UX. The work completed during this Capstone Project includes competitive analysis and a survey that indicates the need for a visual design Information course. The rest of the project was dedicated to developing a Design specialization curriculum for Information in Cyberspace to enable students with the fundamental design knowledge useful for careers in design and beyond.
 

Kathleen Krysher


Professional Experience Project

with: Alice Batt

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Reimagining Data Management at a University Writing Center

For my capstone project, I designed a new database for the University Writing Center (UWC) at the University of Texas at Austin. I will be submitting the constructed FileMaker database and accompanying report as my deliverables. The report includes a summary of information at the writing center, the database as represented in FileMaker, a data dictionary, and suggestions for future scripting and implementation. With this database, UWC administrators will be able to gain new insights from one central, consistent source that is inclusive of historical information.
 

Mickey Lanning


Professional Experience Project

The Elisabet Ney Museum

with: Lindsay Barras

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Sursum! Digitizing Correspondence at the Elisabet Ney Museum

The Elisabet Ney Museum, the former studio home of German sculptor Elisabet Ney, is dedicated to showcasing Neys art and engaging the public through exhibitions and educational programs. My project involved curating and digitizing letters from the museums archives, generating and encoding metadata, and creating a digital archive and exhibits using Omeka; to support future digital projects, I also developed workflow materials. This project demonstrates the ways that small institutions can design digital projects with resources they already have, in addition to how open-source software and platforms can further a museums mission to bring stories to a wider audience.
 

Haley Latta


Professional Experience Project

Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

with: Gloria Meraz; Rebekah Manley

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Developing the Texas Center for the Book Literary Map

My capstone project centered around conducing the research needed for the creation for the Texas Literary Map. One of my primary responsibilities was determining the selection criteria for the map. I researched existing literary maps and contacted state librarians from across the nation in order to craft the criteria. I organized a running list of authors and works according to the authors awards and associations with Texas. Additionally, I crafted instructions for the projects sustainability in order to ensure that future workers could continue developing the map.
 

Lan Li


Thesis

Faculty Advisor:
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Future Information Professionals’ Perspectives on the Impact of AI on the Future of Their Profession

The field of library and information science (LIS) has always shaped and been shaped by the changing tides of technology. Given that recent developments in AI appear to be the next technological wave that may bring major disruption for the future of information professionals, how are students in ALA-accredited masters programs reacting to these changes? This research seeks to report findings from interviews with students pursuing studies in librarianship and archival studies about their educational experiences with AI and their expectations about how AI will impact their future careers as librarians and archivists. Key themes that emerge from this analysis include structural and professional changes in libraries and archives, the loss of the human element in libraries and archives, and the ethical challenges of AI in libraries and archives. Recommendations based on these findings include ways to adapt LIS education to better prepare students, such as developing courses that combine the technical aspects of how to leverage AI and content and context relevant to libraries and archives, to ensure that librarians and archivists can play an active role in leveraging AI to better accomplish their goals of serving patrons information needs and wants and preserving the past.
 

Xu Li


Professional Experience Project

Vertify, Inc

with: Wayne Lopez

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Sales Opportunity Status Prediction based on Users’ Activity Data Using Machine Learning Algorithm

VertifyData is a data integration company that help their customer companies integrate marketing data and sales data together. Usually, sales opportunities are contacted and assessed case by case manually, which is an uncertain and inefficient process. This capstone project aims to improve this situation. It uses the activity data from those customer companies, build machine learning models and make predictions about the status of sales opportunities. Provide to those customers with strategic and valuable information automatically to facilitate better marketing analysis and sales achievements.
 

Jiaxin Li


Professional Experience Project

The Dell Medical School

with: Marissa Burgermaster

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Designing a Dashboard Facilitates Clinicians to Collaboratively Set Nutrition Goals with Patients

Collaborative goal setting has been shown the potential to build a trusting relationship between clinicians and patients as well as improve the competence of patients in making behavioral change. Due to high incidence of no-show appointments referred by physicians to registered dieticians, setting an appropriate nutrition goal easily and efficiently during the primary care appointment becomes vitally important to initiate the behavioral change of patients. For my capstone project, I focused on designing a clinical decision-making tool that provides necessary nutrition-related information and facilitates primary care providers to adopt nutrition conversation into the appointments confidently and collaboratively set realistic diet goals with patients. Our project consisted of competitive analysis, literature review, interviews with healthcare providers, prototyping, usability testing, multiple iterations, and UX Report.
 

Yizhuo Li


Professional Experience Project

Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP)

with: Brian Hurdle & Devin Wilson

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Web Page System for Automatically Importing Drug Orders into TSBP’s Database

I am going to add some new features to the old web system of Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) which makes the whole system more automatic. Currently, the TSBP will receive the orders from the wholesalers by Email or submit a specific type of file from TSBPs unique system. However, the problem is the system now cant automatically load the data from the uploaded file and save the data into the TWDD database. Currently, this step is finished by a technical employee. Also, although the files type is required, the wholesalers sometimes will not follow the requirements. So, I try to make the whole process automatic and check whether the uploaded files are in the ARCOS format. If I finish these aims, that will help the TSBP to improve their efficiency.
 

Yi Chun Lin


Professional Experience Project

Userade

with: Hisham Besheer

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IoT-enabled Platform for Connected Buildings

It is my capstone project that works with Userade as a UX researcher internship in Austin. The project mainly studies a flagship product of a global power solutions company. This Product is a complete IoT-enabled platform for connected buildings, and we especially focus on its commercial real estate (CRE) segment. Through this project, the Company would like to realize their users more and create a seamless user experience for its users.
 

Vinay Locharulu


Professional Experience Project

Dell Technologies

with: Vikas Kamath

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Dell Smart Policy Advisor

This tool captures insights from various sources on Dell laptops and PCs from sources such as 'Dell Support Assist' and 'PC Doctor' to rank alerts leading to a hardware dispatch. The tool is currently predicting failures of PC commodities such as Hardware and Battery. An iterative machine learning pipeline using PySpark and Hadoop was developed to periodically assess alert trends. Database: Hive(Hadoop)Algorithms: Random Forest, SMOTE, Convolutional Neural Networks
 

Anne Loos


Professional Experience Project

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

with: Justin Kovar

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Abbie Hoffman Papers: Selection and Digitization Plan for Audiovisual Materials

Roughly one-third of the materials in the Abbie Hoffman Papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History consist of various audiovisual formats: 16mm film, open reel, cassette tape, and video. In developing a digitization priority plan, research brief, and description guide, this Capstone will provide guidance to future archivists responsible for digitizing and describing these 500+ audiovisual items. This will enable the preservation and access to rare materials documenting Hoffmans legacy, and demonstrates the intersection of Hoffmans guerilla theater-style protests with his ability to harness the power of mainstream media coverage in the genesis of counterculture television.
 

Yuntao Lu


Professional Experience Project

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Analyzing Hong Kong Protest Data from Telegram

Recent Hong Kong protests expose conflicts between some people and the local and central governments. This project will analyze the recent 2019 Hong Kong protests (a.k.a., Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill movement) and examine the patterns of mobilization using data crawled from Telegram application.
 

Sai Anand Maringanti


Professional Experience Project

School of Information, UT Austin

with: Dr. Ying Ding

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Clinically Accurate Report Generation

There has been an impressive amount of progress with generating descriptive reports from radiographs, employing state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks, and complex Natural Language Processing. However, there is a gap between current models and ingrained nuances of the radiology domain that the models fail to leverage. This project explores this gap and finds possible solutions by enhancing the model architecture, extracting radiomic features from the radiographs, and generating an end-to-end architecture that employs radiomic feature extraction, a CNN encoder, and an RNN sentence and word decoder to generate clinically accurate reports from radiographs.
 

Patrick Mclynch


Professional Experience Project

Texas Department of Transporation

with: Kelsey Peduzzi

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Knowledge Management At TxDOT: Designing and Implementing Successful Knowledge Capture and Transfer

The objective for my Project was to develop a way to capture and transfer knowledge from one TxDOT employee to another. Many employees possess vital knowledge that is often lost when they leave. Witnessing this occurring at TxDOT sparked the idea for this project. My project consisted of designing an interview process that extracted and collected this knowledge. I also aimed to present this information in a single place using a multilayered Wiki page. From the Wiki page, every aspect of the program I designed can be found there and used to help TxDOT operations continue to run smoothly.
 

Rachel Meyer


Professional Experience Project

Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

with: Marybeth Tomka

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Digitizing the Work Projects Administration's George C. Davis Site Files

From 1939 to 1941, the Work Projects Administration completed a site excavation of the George C. Davis archeological site. The records of this excavation, housed within the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory's records and made up of 2641 documents and 270 photograph prints, were organized, digitized, and treated with minor preservation techniques to ensure access to the collection for future students and researchers. A DACS compliant finding aid was also created to assist both in discovery of collection items among academic institutions and serve as a standard for future finding aid creation at TARL.
 

Li Nie


Professional Experience Project

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Scenario-based Web Game Development

In the game, players will be asked questions under given scenarios. According to the choices made by players, they will gain different scores. The scenarios and questions are designed to introduce products and services from IBM Security. A general introduction to IBM Security is given at the end of the game.The front-end is designed and implemented with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Semantic UI framework. Data is stored in MySQL database. For back-end development, Java and Spring Boot framework are used to realize the functions like calculating scores, retrieving data from the database, and rendering results to the front-end pages.
 

Amy Padilla


Professional Experience Project

The University of Chicago, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Division of the Humanities

with: Dr. Robert Morrissey

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Giving Voice to Archival Silences: The Invisible Working Women of the Encyclopédie

The ARTFL Project, a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, is a rich archive of digitized French literature with English translations. The Encyclopdie is the crown jewel of the Legacies of The Enlightenment. Labor laws and Guild restrictions of that time forbade women employment. Yet illustrations confirm women were working with men in these forbidden roles. Undocumented, women are not searchable, in effect rendering them silent.I created a finding aid (publication pending) with descriptive introduction and metadata indexing the working women, giving future scholars a more complete understanding of womens historical significance within the workforce.
 

Ting Pan


Professional Experience Project

Nokia

with: John Kirkilis

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GUI Interface Development for Log Information

When a technical document is built by our software, thousands of lines of log information are generated, making it very difficult to distinguish true error messages that are relevant from the 99% of the log that is irrelevant. The project would result in a GUI interface that would allow the end user to view, sort, and filter out the log information, as well as capturing the information in a database for error analytics across all document builds.
 

Elizabeth Peattie


Professional Experience Project

LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collection

with: Albert Palacios

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Mapping Peru in the 1920s: Digitizing and Georeferencing Postcards from LLILAS Benson’s Hispanic Society of American Postcards Collection

From the Bensons Hispanic Society of American Postcards Collection, 223 postcards were digitized showing scenes from 1920s Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, with item-level metadata generated for each postcard based on the MODS and Dublin Core metadata schemas. Using MapWarper, Google Maps, and ArcGIS, I georeferenced the items over a historical 1906 map of Peru. The project culminated into a selection of images centered on themes of flora, fauna, and the indigenous population accessed via Omeka for the Spring 2020 Art History undergraduate course, Art and Archaeology in Peru, to help students contextualize Chimu and Nazca ceramics from the Mesamerican Centers Art & Art History Collection.
 

Jennifer Perritt


Professional Experience Project

Dell Medical School Library

with: Imelda Vetter

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Medicine and Metadata: Building an Open-Source Catalog for the Dell Medical School Library

In recent years the Dell Medical School Library has acquired a collection of historical textbooks which are often referenced by researchers and historians in the medical community. This collection was never formally cataloged because the library does not share access to the University of Texas Libraries resources. I first assessed the librarys specific needs and availability of funding to select an appropriate open-source ILS, then imported MARC records from the National Library of Medicine and created local metadata for 106 books. The final deliverable for this project is a user-friendly online catalog of the librarys textbook collection with the potential for circulation services in the future. I additionally created a workflow so that the library can continue to add new records and keep their collections updated and accessible for library patrons and students.
 

Katharine Samaniego


Professional Experience Project

Austin Museum of Pop Culture

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Digital Collections Development at the Austin Museum of Pop Culture

This capstone project at the Austin Museum of Pop Culture (or AusPop) has necessitated a twofold approach, addressing both large- and small-scale projects currently ongoing at the museum. The small scale includes digitizing the Margaret Moser Collection and assessing metadata and exhibition possibilities as applied to individual collections. The larger scale includes assisting with integrating newly-developed virtual museum software that will eventually encompass all of the museums assets. Although that project will carry on long after this capstone project is completed, the composition of a user guide for this process will help standardize future practices for data capture and the application of metadata.
 

Laurel Schwehr


Professional Experience Project

UT

with: Eric Nordquist

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Insights into Learning Vital Visualization Software on the Job

This study explores the experience of learning software key to a job while in that role. I focus on visualization software in three fields: architecture, user experience design, and geoscience. My insights come from analysis of one-on-one interviews conducted with both primary users of visualization software and their leads who supervise teams contending with members who are learning software on the job. This cross-disciplinary study seeks to reveal current methods in practice and identify opportunities to improve the experience of learning on the job.
 

Karen Scott


Professional Experience Project

Lake Travis Community Library

with: Rachel Keeler

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Juvenile Nonfiction Reorganization and Refresh

This project focuses on reorganizing and refining catalog data for the juvenile non-fiction collection at Lake Travis Community Library. Currently, the section has inconsistent labeling and cataloging, resulting in a collection that is not the most intuitive or searchable for patrons or staff. This project will work with the catalog data and book contents to make new Dewey Decimal numbers if needed, reorganize materials based on changes, and change physical labels on books in the collection to reflect their new location. Making these changes will allow patrons and staff to more easily navigate this area of the collection and find what they need more efficiently. One of the major outcomes of this project is books becoming more grouped together based on subject, allowing a more comprehensive and browsable collection.
 

Sangita Sharma


Professional Experience Project

AT&T Design Technology

with: Kurt Joseph

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Exploring Barriers to Digital Channel Adoption & Improving the Customer Support Experience

When an AT&T internet customer is faced with a service disruption, calling customer service is often an inevitable and dreaded step in the path to a resolution. AT&T Customer service call volumes have remained high in spite of increasing internet adoption and providing internet customers with digital support channels to facilitate self-service. It is assumed that this continued call volume is driven by a lack of awareness and adoption of digital support options as well as a large cohort of users who genuinely prefer calling. As a part of our continued efforts to improve the customer support experience, I launched a discovery research effort to explore the existing mental model of AT&T internet customers when experiencing a service issue, as well as identifying barriers to self-service and digital channel adoption. Through two remote, unmoderated diary-survey studies I examined customer troubleshooting behaviors in addition to customer experience with AT&Ts current digital support channels, including att.com/support and AT&Ts mobile apps. Based on responses gathered from 69 AT&T internet customers, I discovered that a clear majority of respondents would prefer to avoid calling customer service. Most of this sample are aware of AT&T digital support channels but often find them unhelpful. These findings indicate that content & usability, in addition to awareness and adoption of digital channels, are barriers to successful self-service.
 

Ritambhara Singh


Professional Experience Project

Favor Delivery

with: Lauren Hamilton, Meg Nidever

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Enhancing Favor's Merchant Partners' Experience

I was exploring Favor's relationships with their restaurant partners for my capstone project. Favor Delivery is growing rapidly and wanted to identify their stance with the merchants amidst all the competition. My focus was on identifying who the merchants are and what are their needs. I conducted generative research through interviews with both the Favor Sales Teams as well as Favors partnered merchants. After completing the interviews I analyzed data to come up with actionable insights that can be used by Favor Delivery in future. Once the data had been synthesized, I worked closely with a couple of Favor's senior product designers, to create some screens for a potential merchant portal.
 

Mike Slovenski


Professional Experience Project

Texas Department of Information Resources

with: Amy Pfluger

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Automating the Verification of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Status of Vendors for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR)

This project automates the process by which HUB status is verified by employees of the DIR. It is necessary to verify the HUB status of vendors when they are listed as subcontractors on subcontracting plans. Because these plans are completed by DIR-contracted vendors and not the DIR, the DIR must verify the accuracy of this information. Historically, DIR employees have been required to manually determine which vendors are listed on these plans and locate listed vendors in an online database in order to verify this information.
 

Stephen Spencer


Professional Experience Project

Indeed

with: Michelle Peterson

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Users’ Trust in Indeed and Competitors

Trust is an important aspect of any interactions a person takes, and this includes interactions with job searching websites such as Indeed. I developed a survey based on a literature review to measure trust for website like Indeed by aspects of ability, usefulness, ease of use, benevolence, integrity, security and privacy. The survey was sent out in the month of April and followed by analysis of the data. Users trust in Indeed overall was better or similar to its competitors with some differences between users who prefer competitor sites.
 

Julia Sufrin


Professional Experience Project

TSLAC

with: Henry Stokes and Cindy Fisher

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Emerging Technology Toolkits for Texas Public Libraries

The objective of this project was to evaluate the need and interest amongst Texas public library staff for emerging technology resources from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). My evaluation included a literature review of public library technology toolkit programs from across the country, a survey of Texas public library staff, and a series of focus group sessions with Library Directors. Based on my findings, I determined recommendations for developing an emerging technology toolkit program for TSLAC to share with Texas Public Library staff across the state.
 

Peidi Sun


Professional Experience Project

National Oilwell Varco

with: Jacquelyn Luna

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Design the ToB Web-based Data Service Platform in Oil & Gas Industry

The Access NOV is NOVs next-generation data management and visualization platform. It is a collection of multiple applications. Table, Dashboard, Real-Time Viewer, and other apps can satisfy different users needs. I participated in the research and design of two apps: Product Bulletin and WellData. The Product Bulletin is an app that managers can subscribe and track multiple product lines. The WellData app just released the beta version and can allow experts to monitor and analyze drilling data on a browser anywhere in the world. During the internship, I closely collaborated with PM, dev, QA, and other designers.
 

Ambuj Tiwari


Professional Experience Project

University of Texas at Austin

with: Prof. (Dr.) James K. Galbraith

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Redesign of The UT Inequality Project Website

This project will involve the redesign of the current UT Inequality Project (UTIP) website to better reflect the mission and purpose of the UTIP. It also entails building a more robust web architecture for the website that is fully responsive and supports interactive data visualizations for the years of research data stored and collected by the UTIP as a research group.
 

Ssu-Ting Wang


Professional Experience Project

Constrafor

with: Anwar Ghauche

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Constrafor—a Procure-to-Pay Software for the Construction Industry

Constrafor aimsto transform the way contractors procure withefficient andreliable software solutions, which enable them to efficiently manage andkeeptrack of all bids, as well as create a seamless information flow within the team and with their suppliers. As aUX/UI designer, my responsibilities includebuilding information architecture, mapping out theuser flows, creatingwireframes, visual design, and click-through prototypes.
 

Brenna Wheeler


Professional Experience Project

Texas Data Repository

with: Jessica Trelogan, Colleen Lyon, Janelle Hedstrom

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Data Curation at the Texas Data Repository

For the Texas Data Repository, I created a data curation workflow based off of the Data Curation Networks CURATE(D) Model to improve the findability and reusability of datasets. The workflow is localized to the Texas Data Repository using needs identified in interviews with academic librarians and my assessment of datasets currently in the repository. My final product is a specialized Data Curation workflow and a list of recommendations that may be used by a team of liaison librarians to curate newly deposited datasets in the future.
 

Catherine Whited


Professional Experience Project

Longhorn Alumni Band

with: Barbara Helbert

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Preserving the Blast from the Past

The Longhorn Band Archive is a large collection of documents, photographs, recordings, artifacts, and ephemera amassed over the years by former members of the University of Texas Longhorn Band. The material is spread between the Briscoe Center for American History, the home of the Alumni Band Archives Chair, the Longhorn Band administrative offices, and an air-conditioned storage unit. I visited all these repository sites and created a rough inventory of the types of items stored at each location. I then used this information to develop a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the current collection to ensure its continued preservation. Additionally, I created a deed of gift template and a loan agreement template for future administrative use. I also included instructions for the usage of these forms as well as preservation guidelines for future caretakers of the archive.
 

Chiu-Yi (Sherry) Wu


Professional Experience Project

with: Yamile Jackson

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UX Design for a Global Kangaroo Care Contest

The main goal of the Kangaroo Care Contest is to raise awareness within neonatal units to perform Kangaroo Care, and to encourage parents to hold their newborn babies skin-to-skin more often. I designed new features of a baby healthcare tracking app that allows parents to join the Kangaroo Care Contest and track their teams Kangaroo Care performance. By conducted competitive analysis and subject-matter expert interviews, I identified requirements and created artifacts to inform the design. Then, created mockups and prototypes for usability testing. After three iterations, I delivered a hi-fi prototype to the engineering team for implementation.
 

Jonathon Youssefnia


Professional Experience Project

Texas Digital Library

with: Lea DeForest

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Texas Digital Library Directory of Skills

The Texas Digital Library (TDL) counts many talented information professionals among its members. The goal of my capstone project has been to facilitate their collaboration by creating a searchable directory of skills. I surveyed librarians, archivists, technologists, developers, and other professionals from the TDL community to gather information about their areas of skill. The provided information was then assembled into a searchable database that will soon be hosted on the TDL website. A maintenance plan for data hygiene is the final component of the project.
 

Meng Zhang


Professional Experience Project

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

with: Devin Wilson, Brian Hurdle

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Texas Wholesaler Distributer Database Capstone

For this capstone project, I improve the Texas Wholesaler Distributer Database and achieve the process of partial automation for the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) of Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Currently, PMP staff manage prescription data manually. This project improves this database by migrating increasing functionality to allow PMP staff the ability to manage and import wholesaler data updates with some level of automation. My work is to develop a website to upload files, validate uploaded files in ARCOS format, inform wholesalers of files upload status and clean out previously loaded files automatically.