Chris Hass is the Executive Director of the User Experience Center. Chris brings more than 20 years of experience in UX research, design, strategy, and business development to his role leading the center. Chris has garnered global renown for his contributions to the UX research, accessibility, service design, and healthcare innovation fields. Prior to joining Bentley, Chris was the Director of Health & Life Sciences at Kanda Software, President of Create Logic LLC, and Sr. VP of Experience Design at Mad*Pow Media Solutions LLC.
Chris has published and presented his research at more than 100 national and international conferences, including AMIA, ACM SIGCHI, Big Design, CDC PHIN, CSUN, UXPA International, and UXPA Boston. He is an adjunct professor at Bentley University and Northeastern University. He co-authored (with Margo Edmunds and Erin Holve) the Springer textbook: Consumer Informatics and Digital Health: Solutions for Health and Health Care. He is the past president of both UXPA International and UXPA Boston, where he serves as an advisory board member.
Bill Gribbons is Director of the graduate Human Factors program at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. The Human Factors program at Bentley is among the largest and most respected user experience programs in the country. In 2013, he established a west coast campus for the program in San Francisco. Bill also teaches Innovation in the Bentley MBA.
In 1999, Dr. Gribbons founded the User Experience Center at Bentley, and continues to hold a senior consulting role. For over thirty years he has provided strategy, product design, and user experience consulting services to technology groups around the world. In 2013, he founded the Bentley UX Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The mission of the studio is to demonstrate the value of user experience research and design to the success of early-stage start-ups.
Bill received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Mass High Tech Council. He has appeared on, and been quoted by, local and national media including the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, Boston Business Journal, Computerworld, Mass High Tech, The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, the Washington Times, East Bay Business Times, ABC “20-20”, Business 2.0, a nationally syndicated radio show (A Touch of Grey), Investor Business Daily, Times Higher Education Smashing Magazine, Knowledge@Wharton, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
His long-term research interests center on the building of a unified theory defining the user experience and the promotion of user experience as a guiding business strategy. He is a frequent speaker at conferences like SXSW, Collision, Future of Web Design, and Webvisions.
Lena Dmitrieva is a Senior Usability Consultant at the User Experience Center. Lena brings more than a decade of experience in UX consulting to her work at the center.
Lena is passionate about empowering users of all ages and walks of life with efficient, easy to learn, and enjoyable products. She strives to help her clients create successful customer experiences by connecting with their users, understanding their needs, and translating those needs into product solutions.
Lena enjoys the challenge of identifying appropriate UX methodologies and has extensive experience conducting user experience projects as well as training others in User Experience work.
Her skills include User Experience Project Implementation and Management, Information Architecture Analysis, Usability Testing, Expert Reviews, Heuristic Reviews, Competitive Evaluations, Focus Groups, Field Research, User Requirements Gathering, Development of User Profiles/Personas.
Lena is a generalist and has worked with clients across industries and product platforms. Her partial client list includes Dressbarn, Payless ShoeSource, T. J. Maxx, Sperry Top-Sider, Stride Rite, New York & Company, Fidelity Investments, Citizens Bank, TIAA Cref, H&R Block, Banknorth, Staples, Arnold Worldwide, One to One Interactive, Cabot Corp., Colgate University, Houghton Mifflin, Liberty Mutual, Monster.com, McKesson, Newsedge, Raytheon, Smarter Travel, Royal Caribbean, Volkswagen, CORT Furniture, MIT Alumni Association, Planned Parenthood of America, Putnam Investments, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Genzyme, JA Worldwide, Metromix, PNCGIS, Lionbridge.
Lena holds Master of Science with Distinction in Human Factors from Bentley University.
She serves on the board of directors of Boston UXPA (User Experience Professional Association) and is a member of the Usability Professionals’ Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Greater Boston SIGCHI.
Peter McNally is a Senior Consultant at the User Experience Center. Pete has more than 25 years’ experience in usability, information architecture, accessibility, and software engineering. His current areas of interests include the intersection of user experience (UX), customer experience (CX), artificial intelligence (AI), universal design, voice UX, and internet of things (IoT).
Regardless of the area or technology, Pete always focuses on the human at the end of the product, so they can have the most seamless and engaging experience. He has worked with users and designed digital experiences in the financial services, healthcare, government, education, energy, manufacturing, defense, and electronics industries. Some of his recent clients include: Philips Healthcare, Fidelity Investments, Intel, Southern New Hampshire University, Analog Devices, EBSCO, and BNY Mellon Eagle Investments.
Prior to joining the center, Pete was a Principal Consultant in the CSC User Experience Practice, Senior User Experience Architect at HP Enterprise Services, Research Officer at University of Hertfordshire in the UK, and Senior Software Engineer at 3M Health Information Systems.
Pete holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He holds a CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) certification from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). He is a member of the International User Experience Professionals' Association (UXPA), Boston UXPA, Boston CHI, and IAAP.
Zach is a Research and Design Associate at the User Experience Center. Prior to joining the UXC, he worked as a Product Designer at Integrate, a marketing technology company based in Phoenix. He contributed design, user research, and product-informed strategy for several product development teams.
Zach holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Psychology and Interior Architecture from Woodbury University and a certificate in User Experience Design from Designlab. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University.
Hala is a research and design associate at the User Experience Center. Prior to joining the team, Hala worked as a solution engineer for a tech company based in Boston for 3 years. In a previous life, Hala also worked as a risk, reliability, and safety consultant for the energy industry. She has experience in interviewing clients, running workshops and data modeling and analysis. Hala is passionate about community building and enjoys volunteering with GirlForward.
Hala holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University.
Ankita Dutta is a Research Associate at the User Experience Center. Before joining the team, she worked as a learning experience designer with Accenture and Walmart Labs, where she designed trainings that impart knowledge in an effective, engaging way. In her role, she has worked closely with stakeholders across domains to identify and analyze training needs of organizations and design customized training solutions.
Ankita holds an MA in English Literature from Banaras Hindu University, India and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University.
Riley is a Research Associate at the User Experience Center. Before joining the team, she worked in Recruiting & Program Management for seven years at both HubSpot and The Boston Consulting Group. In these roles, she recruited MBA students while also designing and executing internal programming. Riley also has a love for houseplants, and she is an avid Cleveland sports fan.
Riley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Women and Gender Studies from Bates College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University.
Soyam is a Research Associate at the User Experience Center. Before joining the team, she worked on freelance projects for organizations and companies such as Mission of Hope as a System Architect and All Black All Day as a UI Designer. In these roles, she designed the aesthetics to be implemented within the website using various design applications. She also developed conceptual ERD models and UML diagrams for enterprise/organization solutions while also using RDBMS for database development.
Soyam holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems(with a Computer Science concentration) and Business Administration. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University.
Mariah Ore is a Research Associate at the User Experience Center. Before joining the team, she worked as a freelance copywriter, contracting for branding and web design agencies such as Avitus Group and HalfLyte Digital. In these roles, she crafted brand messaging, planned information architecture, and created user flows and wireframes for client web projects. Mariah is also a writer and multimedia creative.
Mariah holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Montana and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University.
Shaniah Tullis is a Research Associate at the User Experience Center. Prior to joining the UXC, she interned as a Research and Data Analysis Fellow for The Center for Black Innovation. In this role, she aided in executing a landscape analysis project examining Black support organizations. Previously, Shaniah assisted in research and developmental projects centered on rehabilitation sensors.
Shaniah holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Visual Arts from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design from Bentley University.
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