V. Kathlene Leonard, Ph.D.
Since beginning the Ph.D. program in Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech, Katie has been employed as a Research Assistant in the Laboratory for Human-Computer Interaction and Health Care Informatics (HCI). Her work has emphasized applications and theory development concerning human aspects of personal and networked computing, as well as universal access to information technologies. Katie's specific research interests involve theoretical development and empirical validation of constructs, frameworks, models, and metrics related to the evaluation and design of information technologies. Experiments often includes the application of eye tracking methodologies to investigations of visual search strategies employed during interactions with computational tools and technologies. She is interested in applying the empirical work to interfaces that adapt to divergent user needs.
In 2002, Katie was awarded an NSF IGERT fellowship. This two year fellowship led to involvement with the program: Technological Innovation:Generating Economic Results (TI:GER), within the School of Management. She worked closely with MBA students from the Georgia Tech School of Management, as well as JD students from the Emory school of Law on course work and projects relevant to the commercialization of research in the HCI lab focused on the design and evaluation of information technoglogy for individuals with visual impairments.
The title of her dissertation is "Universal accessibility of personal and handheld computers for older adults with visual impairments: an assessment of screen density and auditory feedback for computer users with age-related macular degeneration."
- BS, 2000, Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- PhD, 2005, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
- 2004-2005 PEO Scholar Award Recipient
- National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow
- Georgia Tech Presidential Fellow
- Undergraduate research at University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Industrial Engineering
- Interships with Rockwell Automation, and S.C. Johnson