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Amy Hurst

Associate Professor, Director of Ability Project

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.


SPECIAL TOPICS IN DIGITAL MEDIA: Access and Assistive Tech in Historic Sites and Museums

This multidisciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to learn about and develop assistive technology for historical sites and museums. Students will work in teams to develop prototypes for individuals with diverse motor, cognitive, sensory, and behavior-emotional abilities.

This course gives students the opportunity to develop and assess assistive technologies in an informal education context. This course is designed for students with special interest in assistive technology, informal education, museum studies, and developing prototypes through fabrication and development.

Course #
DM-GY 9103