Dan is an adjunct professor at San Jose State University (SJSU) in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE).  He is a member of the Human Factors specialty program hosted within ISE, teaching both the basic and advanced Interaction Design classes. This program provides a graduate level masters degree curriculum that includes focus areas in both hardware and software ergonomics. It was recently rated the #6 best User Interface Design Masters Degree program in the country.  Check it out at

Educating for HCI at Scale is a recent article Dan published in ACM Interactions Magazine to share his views on the state of HCI education globally.

In 1991 Dan co-authored Human Factors in Product Design with William Cushman. This book, published by Elsevier, was the first of its kind to address the application of human factors engineering principles to consumer products.  All previous works in the field had focused on military applications.  Human Factors in Product Design became a popular textbook in Industrial Engineering and Industrial Design programs worldwide for more than a decade.

Each year Dan advises a group of SJSU graduate students on their thesis/capstone projects primarily in the area of Human Computer Interaction and related topics such as mobile design, AR, gamification and usability measurement.

In addition to the classes he teaches Dan also gives guest lectures at SJSU within the required curriculum in the areas of software design, UX management, and professional practice.  He has been an invited speaker at Stanford, Georgia Tech, CMU, and Langara College in Vancouver BC.

SJSU ISE program information is available for those interested in learning more, either to become a student, hire a recent graduate, or find internship candidates for your company’s UX department.

Recent Posts

Mar. 12, 2021 – Dan was once again the featured speaker at the SAP DesignBytes monthly guest speaker series.  He spoke about the “Foundations for a successful Design System” and how it should include and capture IxD Semantics.

Feb. 18, 2021 – Dan delivered gave an invited talk at the World Class Designer conference (Africa based intercontinental event) on the Semantic Experience Design method captured in his book UX Magic.

Feb. 16, 2021 – Dan is happy to have joined the Future of Design Education project as a member of the Design Methods working group which will focus on the range of methods and the pedagogical approach to teaching them that would be recommended as part of the proposed (ideal) design school curriculum.

Jan. 15, 2021 – Dan will be delivering two half day tutorials at the 2021 HCI International conference (July 24-29, 2021).  One will be on Interaction Design and the other on Applying Game Theory within graphical user interfaces.

Dan received the 2019 ACM SigCHI Lifetime Practice award.  The ceremony took place at the Chi2019 conference held in Glasgow Scotland.  He gave his invited talk on “The Business of UX” to a large audience the following day.  Watch the recording on the SigCHI YouTube channel

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