Sarah J. Swierenga

Sarah J. Swierenga

Director, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting
Professor by Courtesy, Department of Media and Information

E-Mail: sswieren@msu.edu

Department Web page: https://uarc.msu.edu

Sarah J. Swierenga, Ph.D., is the director of Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) and professor by courtesy in the Department of Media and Information. A researcher and practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the scientific study of users in commercial, government, healthcare, military, and academic environments, Swierenga possesses extensive skills in user-centered design as well as usability and accessibility methodologies. She has presented widely on health communication information technology, usability evaluation with people with disabilities, mobile usability evaluation, accessible electronic voting systems, and outdoor recreation knowledge management, which comprise her research programs.

Swierenga served as a policy advisor to the U.S. Senate Commission on Aging regarding background check legislation, was an alternate member of the U.S. Access Board 508/255 refresh committee (accessibility standards), and was an invited expert on the W3C WCAG2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force and the W3C WCAG2.0 Working Group. Swierenga currently is a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Voting Systems Human Factors Working Group and the Usability in Civic Life, a project of the User Experience Professionals Association and the Center for Civic Design. She is also a certified professional ergonomist.

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Recent Publications

Abujarad, F., O’Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, July). The role of UX in government system expansion. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Switzerland: Springer International.

Abujarad, F., Swierenga, S. J., Dennis, T. A., & Post, L. A. (2015). The impact of usability on patient safety in long-term care. In Nah & Tan (Eds.), HCI in Business, HCIB 2015, LNCS 9191, pp. 221-231. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Jackson, J. E., Ismirle, J., Swierenga, S. J., Blosser, S. R., & Pierce, G. L. (2015). Joystick interaction strategies of individuals with dexterity impairments: Observations from the Smart Voting Joystick usability evaluation. In M. Antona & C. Stephanidis (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 9178. Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction: Access to the Human Environment and Culture (pp. 192–203). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Swierenga, S. J., Zantjer, R. S., Jackson, J. E., Ismirle, J., Blosser, S. R., & Pierce, G. L. (2015). Security implications for personal assistive technology in voting. In T. Tryfonas & I. Askoxylakis (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 9190. Human Aspects of Information Security, Privacy, and Trust (pp. 582–591). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Abujarad, F., Swierenga, S. J., Dennis, T. A., & Post, L. A. (2014). Management of on-line registries information for patient safety in long-term care. In S. Yamamoto (Ed.), Human Interface and the Management of Information, Part II (pp. 307-316). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

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Recent Reports

Pierce, G. L., Ismirle, J., & Swierenga, S. J. (2018, August 30). Live On high-level accessibility and usability evaluation for Michigan State University Residential and Hospitality Services. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Pierce, G. L., Ismirle, J., & Swierenga, S. J. (2018, March 13). Live On Development Site high-level accessibility evaluation for Michigan State University Residential and Hospitality Services. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., Shink, H., Klautke, H., O'Bara, I., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, April 28). User feedback on CATA Trip Planner prototype (supplement to heuristic evaluation report). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

O'Bara, I., Klautke, H., George, M., Ismirle, J., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, April 28). CATA Trip Planner prototype: Heuristic evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Ismirle, J., Klautke, H., O'Bara, I., George, M., & Swierenga, S. J. (2017, January 13). CATA website usability evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

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Recent Presentations

  • (June 2019)

    Making sure your websites and mobile apps are meeting the needs of your constituents

    Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2019, June). Making sure your websites and mobile apps are meeting the needs of your constituents. Presented at the 2019 G2G Marketplace Technology Conference, Waterford Township, MI.

  • (August 2018)

    Digital accessibility: Moving WCC forward

    Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2018, August). Digital accessibility: Moving WCC forward. Presented at the Washtenaw Community College Fall 2018 Faculty In-Service, Ann Arbor, MI.

  • (February 2018)

    User-centered design and ADA compliance for websites and digital systems

    Swierenga, S. J., & Pierce, G. L. (2018, February). User-centered design and ADA compliance for websites and digital systems. Presented at the Michigan Municipal Executives 2018 Winter Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.

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Current Projects