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Research Interests

  • Virtual Reality Systems
    • Design of software frameworks for hardware-agnostic applications
    • Design of new VR platforms beyond headsets
  • Simulation and Training
    • Context-sensitive collaborative environments
    • Multi-platform environments
  • Applications for Virtual and Augmented Reality
    • Practical applications for the use of virtual and augmented reality in a wide range of disciplines and domains
  • Emerging Visual Data Analytics


Other Experience

01/18 – present           CEO, CG Heroes, LLC

02/18 – present           Co-Founder and Steering committee member, Americal CyberAlliance

05/16 – present           Steering Committee member, NSF Big Data South Hub

07/14 – present           Senior Advisor, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

03/2006-12/2008         CEO Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise


Professional Activities

  • Chief Editor, VR and Industry, Frontiers in Virtual Reality Journal
  • Editorial Board, Computers and Graphics Journal
  • Editorial Board, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction Journal
  • Panel reviewer (NSF, NASA, NIH, NIST)
  • IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, Co-founder, and several roles (General conference Chair, Program Chair, Research Exhibits Chair, Publicity Chair, technical program reviewer)


Honors & Awards

  • IEEE Fellow, 2020
  • National Academy of Engineering member, 2018
  • Spark Star, Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR, 2016
  • Named among “the top 25 innovators in virtual reality,” Polygon Media, 2016
  • Named one of the three “Virtual Reality Greatest Female Innovators,” University Herald, 2016.
  • Winner, Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge 2014 (with Dirk Reiners and Don Pierce)
  • Member, National Research Council Panel on Human Factors Science for the Army Research Laboratory 2013-2015.
  • 2009 Distinguished Career Award, International Digital Media & Arts Society
  • IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award 2007
  • Inducted by the ACM as a “Computer Graphics Pioneer,” January 2003
  • Eminent Engineer, Tau Beta Pi, April 2002
  • Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2001