Casey R Hickerson


crhickerson at crhickerson dot com
+1 206 866 5493


University of Washington, Seattle WA USA
Master of Science in Information Science, March 2012
Research Areas: human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work,
design methodology and pedagogy, bricolage and end-user design
General Exam: Interaction Design Research Methods and the Consequences of Wicked Problems
Architectural Association School of Architecture, London UK
Master of Arts in Histories and Theories of Architecture, November 2004
Research Areas: design methodology and pedagogy, contextual urbanism, formalism in art and design
Thesis: Design Education for the Open Society: Working Methods of the Cornell Urban Design Studio
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA USA
Bachelor of Architecture with an Additional Major in Philosophy, May 2003
Concentrations: design theory, urban design (architecture); epistemology and value theory (philosophy)
Design Commendation for Urban Design, Fall 2002


The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle WA
Pre-Doctoral Teaching/Staff Associate, September 2009–March 2012 Led classes, tutored students, and evaluated student work for various graduate and undergraduate courses on human-computer interaction and information architecture, including:
Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA USA
Interaction Designer (Research Associate II), May 2008-July 2009
Interaction Designer (Research Assistant), May 2008-December 2008
Led interaction design of a web-based intelligent tutoring system for middle-school mathematics. This system aims to provide free, individualized mathematics instruction for students in grades six through eight using tutors built with Cognitive Tutor Authoring Tools. My primary responsibilities included:
  • performing background research and precedent studies to refine the project's scope
  • generating prototypes, use cases and scenarios to identify functional and technical requirements
  • working with teachers, math coaches and other domain experts to model users' experience
  • organizing the site's information architecture
  • designing the site's overall look and feel
Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, Pittsburgh PA USA
Research Assistant to Professor Ramesh Krishnamurti, February 2007-May 2008
  • Created generative grammars and decomposition algorithms for an intelligent system that can predict buildings' interior layouts from their exterior features and contextual information, Project PILOT, February 2007-May 2008
  • Investigated ways of integrating environmental assessment methods, including LEEDTM and BREEAM, into building information modeling tools, February 2007-August 2007
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Pittsburgh PA
Architectural Designer, November 2005-February 2007
Contributed to programming, schematic design, construction documentation, engineering systems coordination, material and product specification, code research and analysis for projects including:
Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, Pittsburgh PA USA
Research Assistant to Professor Stephannie Bartos, April 2002-August 2002
Organized material for two textbook proposals and a course on the history of Japanese architecture
Thinkmap (formerly Plumb Design), New York NY USA
Interaction Developer, May 2001-August 2001
Developed an interactive tool to visualize relationships among Motorola's investments; maintained Plumb Design's internal resource management system; assisted with development of a corporate website for Bacardi
Interaction Developer, June 2000-August 2000
Developed a web-based financial account management system for Merrill Lynch; maintained Plumb Design's internal resource management system
Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, Pittsburgh PA
Teaching Assistant, Summer 1999–Spring 2000 Led classes, tutored students, and evaluated student work for courses on computational design, including:
Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Research Assistant to Project PASIS, April 1999-August 1999
Developed secure information sharing techniques for highly persistent distributed systems
CERT Coordination Center, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
Technical Assistant to the CERT/CC Operations Team, May 1998-October 1998
Collected and organized material related to computer security and system infiltration techniques for the Vulnerability Analysis and Incident Response groups


Design Methods
Research & Ideation: task analysis; surveys; interviews; Contextual Inquiry; affinity diagramming, card sorting; production of personas, scenarios, and storyboards
Production: freehand drawing and rendering; sketch and detailed prototyping; production of design patterns and styles guides; digital and physical modeling; fabrication; and electronics
Design Tools
Illustration & Graphics: Illustrator; Photoshop; Visio; OmniGraffle
Typography: InDesign; TEX/LATEX; DocBook
Spatial Modeling & CAD: AutoCAD; MicroStation; Revit; Eagle; SketchUp; 3ds max; form·Z
Data Analysis: SPSS; R
Development Tools
Languages: C; C++; Python; Ruby; Java; Bash; JavaScript; Lisp; Standard ML
Environments: Eclipse; Emacs; GNU toolchain; MS Visual Studio; Xcode; Oxygen
Web and Application Servers: Apache; Rails; Django; PHP; Tomcat; Internet Information Server
Data Management: MySQL; SQLite; SQL Server; XML/XSL/XSD
Microcontrollers: Atmel AVR (Arduino and avr-libc)
Spoken Languages: English (native); German (reading knowledge)
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certification, American Red Cross, 20 July 2013–2015
Amateur Radio License AE7SL (Extra Class)


Professional Organizations
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 1998–
ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), 1999–
The Architectural Association, London UK, 2003–
Professional Service
Student Volunteer, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2011
Community Service
Disaster Services Technology Volunteer, American Red Cross, Seattle WA, 2013–
Auxiliary Communication Service Volunteer, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, 2009–
Registered Emergency Worker, State of Washington, 2009–