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Amy Hurst

Associate Professor of Accessibility and Human-Computer Interaction

Occupational Therapy

Amy Hurst is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Department of Technology, Culture and Society in the Tandon School of Engineering. She is the director of the Ability Project, an interdisciplinary research space dedicated to the intersection between disability and technology. Dr. Hurst received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the HCII at Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She is passionate about understanding current social problems and identifying opportunities for technology to empower individuals impacted by those problems. She uses qualitative methods to analyze a current environment, design and build technology that fits within the constraints of that environment, and evaluate this technology in situ with target users. Her work sits at the intersection of assistive technology, interaction design, and engineering education.

Prior to joining NYU, Amy was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) from 2010 – 2018. During her tenure at UMBC, served as the Graduate Program director of the Human-Centered Computing MS and PhD programs and founded the Prototyping and Design Lab.