Last evening, we had the privilege of hosting the GMU Human Factors Students for some refreshments, a tour of our facility, and an engaging discussion about all things User Experience. It was a true pleasure for us to talk to the students about topics ranging from the usefulness of Google Glass, to sharing stories of our awkward college moments! Somehow we even found time to discuss user research methodologies, using discretion in social media when looking for a job, and the overall direction the UX field is taking. The clients we had in the office for a focus group surprised us and joined in on the conversation, even allowing us to pick their brains on the research they were conducting.
We all got to share new nerdy research and UX acronyms. Overall, it was a great time mixing in some fun with some learning. Our hope is that they left with having gained useful insights and knowledge!
We’d like to thank Melissa Smith and Ivonne Figueroa for organizing the event. We’d also like to send a very special thank-you and congratulations to Rob Youmans. Rob shares our vision of merging academia and the professional world to better prepare graduating students, and has been instrumental in forming the relationship between us and the students of GMU. We regrettably congratulate him on accepting a position with Google. He will be leaving Mason this summer, and he will be sorely missed. We look forward to working with the incoming advisor to continue strengthening our relationship.
Thanks again to everyone who came out, we’re looking forward to the next tour!