Speaker World Usability Congress 2016

Michael LaMarr

Lead Human Factors Engineer with Air Force and NASA, NASA Armstrong

Michael is a California State University of Northridge graduate who holds a Master’s degree in Human Factors and Applied Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology.

Michael is currently working as a lead human factors engineer at the Air Force and NASA Armstrong.   Experience ranges from live flight and simulator usability test planning, test execution, and test reporting on the unmanned, fighter, and training aircraft and ground collision avoidance systems.  User feedback and observations gathered have directly improved all systems involved with.

Outside of his normal work schedule Michael founded GradLift.  There he was responsible for competitive analysis, personas, user experience design, user and marketing research.  Michael also built up and leads a cross functional team of front-end and back-end developers, quality assurance engineer, visual designer, a marketing team, and a board of directors.  Gradlift.com was launched April 2016 and the user experience is constantly being looked at to ensure students are able to crowdfund money for future, present, and past student tuition expenses with ease.

Also, Michael is currently the Director of Programs for the non-profit organization User Experience Professional Association Los Angeles where he has put together events with leading user-experience professionals with audiences of 150+ and with live streamed events on the internet.

Michael also conducted user research with NASA AMES and Activision Blizzard (Band Hero: credited) while working on his graduate degree.


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