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

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

Peace

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.

Akanksha Garg

Akanksha

Student Technician

Akanksha is a UI/UX designer and researcher. An architect by training she has a knack for user centered design. She has worked on research projects pertaining to Human Computer Interaction at SIAT, SFU, Canada and has worked on international industry design projects pertaining to UI/UX design, Web design and architecture. Currently she is pursuing a Master of science degree at UT with a focus on User experience research and HCI.

Specializations: Consumer Health Information, Consumer Health Information Seeking and Research Methods, Health Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Research Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Software Usability, Technology & Human Collaboration, Universal Design, Usability, User Services and Studies, User Study, Web Applications

Degrees: Bachelor of Architecture (5 yr professional degree and licensed architect) from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, India; MA (unfinished) at School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada; MSIS with focus on UI/UX Design & Research, HCI at iSchool, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Kexin Yu

Kexin

Student Technician

Kexin is a master student at iSchool focuses on UX design with a background in Architecture. She's obsessed with human psychology and behavior and wants to be an empathetic UX designer after graduating. Also, she is interested in front-end developing and learning it recently.

Specializations: Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Usability

Degrees: B.A. Architecture, 2017, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. MSIS candidate with a focus on user experience design.

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