Spyridakis receives Rigo Award

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jan SpyridakisDr. Jan Spyridakis, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is the recipient of the Rigo Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC).

Named after Joseph Rigo, the founder of SIGDOC, the Rigo Award celebrates an individual’s lifetime contribution to the field of communication design. Nominations for the Rigo Award are considered carefully by the SIGDOC Executive Board, and the final recipients are determined in a series of run-off votes. 

Spyridakis accepted the award at the SIGDOC conference on September 23, 2016, where she presented on the trajectory of user research over the past 30 years, using much of her own research as a basis for the talk. 

Spyridakis' research focuses on using remote UX methods to assess how the design of online information affects users; designing contextualized best practices for the design of online information; and using online tools and information to support leadership and advancement of women in science and engineering. She is the recipient of six teaching and ten research awards. She serves on three editorial boards and is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She was described as most prolific experimental researcher with the largest number of published research articles in the last 20 years in technical communication journals in an article in the December 2013 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

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