Khalia Braswell has been a User Experience professional for several years creating responsive web user interfaces for enterprise solutions and startups. She applies User Centered Design concepts to technology solutions, which she has learned through experience as a User Experience Engineer at Apple, as well as, in the class room while obtaining her Masters in Information Technology with a Concentration in Human Computer Interaction. Khalia understands the importance of including the user in the initial requirements gathering process and incorporating their feedback in the initial prototype. As the project develops, Khalia conducts user studies and focus groups in order to test the design to ensure it fits the users needs. Khalia received her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. It was at NC State where she became passionate about helping to increase the lack of women in the technology field. She has received two National Center for Women in Information & Technology (NCWIT) AspireIT grants, which she used to found the INTech Foundation to host coding camps for middle school girls in North and South Carolina. To date, INTech has partnered and collaborated with the STARS Computing Corp, Google, Red Ventures, and Teach For America - South Carolina. Khalia previously served as a Student Researcher on the Google Engage CS project in which she helped identify gender bias and stereotype threat in Computer Science curricula from around the country in order to make it more appealing to minority undergraduate students.
Read how Khalia went to The White House for CS Education Week
View Khalia's remarks from the 2015 NAF Next Conference
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