Richard E. Ladner is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His current research is in the area of accessible computing, which is an important subarea of human-computer interaction (HCI). His MobileAccessibility project is exploring mobile applications to improve the lives of blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind people. He has mentored 26 PhD students and is currently mentoring five more. He is the PI for the NSF-funded AccessComputing Alliance that has the goal of increasing participation of students with disabilities in computing fields. He is also the PI for the NSF-funded AccessCS10K that is helping CS 10K projects prepare K-12 teachers to be more inclusive in their computing courses with students with disabilities. From 2007 – 2013, he directed the Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing. He is a recipient of the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and the 2008 A. Nico Habermann Award. He is also the winner of the 2014 SIGCHI Social Impact Award and the winner of the 2015 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing. He is a member of the Board of the Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology (CMD-IT) and a member of the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University.
Erna Schneider Hoover, Ph.D.
Erna Schneider Hoover was born in Irvington, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and from Wellesley College with a