Samuel Burns

Sam Burns

Senior IT Manager

Sam has been working in the information fields since 1995, first as an archivist and records manager and later transitioning to systems administration and Web application design. He received his MSIS from the UT iSchool in 2004 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. program.

Specializations: Accessibility, Apple/OSX, Database Design and Management, Database Management, Digital Libraries, Information Architecture, Information Security, Systems Administration, Unix/Linux, Usability, Web Applications

Degrees: B.S. History/Social Science, Florida State University; MSIS the University of Texas at Austin School of Information; Doctoral Candidate, the University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Quinn Stewart

Quinn Stewart

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Mr. Stewart began working in the iSchool in 1998, first as a part-time Teaching Assistant in the Information Technology Lab and for various professors at the School of Information. As a student, he co-developed with Dr. Grete Pasch the Web-based version of the popular "Information in Cyberspace" course, possibly the longest continually offered Web-based course at UT. He was instrumental in the expansion of the iSchool curriculum into the digitization realm, and has developed, taught or co-taught courses in this area. His research interests include the use of indexed and searchable rich-media tutorials for education, digitization in all formats, including mobile digitization, and the use of rich media in archival collections to both expand access and research use of these materials.

Specializations: Accessibility, Apple/OSX, Desktop Imaging, Digitization, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Technologies, Multimedia Design and Use, Printing, Software Procurement & Licensing, Streaming Media, Video & Multimedia Production

Degrees: B.A., 1996, Government, and M.L.I.S., 1999, Information Science, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Philip Jones

Philip Jones

Systems Administrator II

Philip recently joined the ischool as a masters student and full-time member of the IT staff. After teaching High School math, providing technical Support at Apple, Inc, and free-lanceing in educational publishing, Philip is now focused on systems administration, educational IT systems design and support, and Web applications design and management.

Specializations: Apple/OSX, Systems Administration, Systems Analysis, Unix/Linux, Video & Multimedia Production, Windows

Degrees: B.A. English and Psychology, 2009 from the University of Texas at Austin

Student Technicians

Tim Salau

Tim Salau

Student Technician

Tim is a UX Designer/Strategist. He is responsible for authoring and publishing all iSchool Web properties. He also provides end-user support to faculty, staff and students.

Specializations: Cognitive Psychology of Information Interaction, Cognitive Science, Human-Centered Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Human-Information Processing, Information Architecture, Intelligent User Interfaces, Metadata, Psychology of information creation and use, Software Design, Software Usability, Technologies, Usability, Web Applications

Degrees: Texas Tech University, BS Psychology | MSIS, UX Design (UT Austin, 2018)

Devon Kimler

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Student Technician

Born in Beaumont, Texas, with a degree in linguistics from the University of Oklahoma, Devon has spent the last two years as a librarian in the Computer Training Center of the Norman Public Library. Surprised by the NPL's efforts to actively teach the public, from STEM classes and coding boot camps for children up to basic computer fluency courses for adults, he now strives to bring that style of technology learning to public libraries at large, using his experiences and learning from the IT department to draw on.

Specializations: Information Systems and Networks, Management of Libraries and Information Services, Technologies

Degrees: MSIS with a focus on integrating technology education and tech fluency into public library spaces

Peace Iyiewuare


Student Technician

Peace is a UX Researcher & Designer, and an amateur programmer. He currently co-manages the research and design process for the new iSchool website, and writes trivial python scripts on his free time. When he's not at school, you can find him making beats or playing an instrument.

Specializations: Human-Computer Interaction, Research Methods, Software Usability, Usability, User Services and Studies

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics from Oberlin College. Currently completing a masters in information science, with a focus on UX research and design.

Barkha Patel


Student Technician

Barkha is a UX Researcher, Designer and Developer. She designs, builds and maintains web applications for iSchool web properties and provides end-user IT support to the iSchool faculty, staff and students. Also, She uses UX principles and methodologies to research, design, and develop the next iteration of the School of Information’s website. She believes in developing I.T. solutions and products that are user-centric along with functionality.

Specializations: Database Design and Management, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Software Design, Usability, Web Applications

Degrees: M.S. in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. B. Tech. in Information Technology from Institute of Technology, Nirma University.

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