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Matt Huenerfauth

Matt Huenerfauth

Assistant Professor of computer science and linguistics at The City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College and Graduate Center.

Age: 31

Place of Birth: Springfield, PA

Where you live: New York, NY

First Job: Computer Science Research Assistant

What it taught me: This undergraduate experience helped me decide that I wanted to pursue a career researching computer technologies to benefit people with disabilities.

Three things people would be surprised to know about me:

1. I know American Sign Language (ASL) because my lab develops software that creates animations of ASL for people who are deaf.

2. I lived in Dublin from 2001-2002 where I attended University College Dublin on a George Mitchell Scholarship.

3. While my grandfather was German (and hence my last name), my family ancestry is primarily Irish (from Mayo, Roscommon and Tyrone).

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Be adventurous in learning new things and diving into new experiences; you might be surprised about what captures your imagination and leads you in new directions in your career.

Dr Matt Huenerfauth is a leading researcher in the field of computer accessibility for people with disabilities.

He has secured over $1.25 million in research funding, including a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

He is an editor of the major scientific journal in his field and author of 28 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers – twice receiving the Best Paper award at the annual international research conference in his field.

Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, he earned several degrees: PhD and MSE (University of Pennsylvania), MSc (University College Dublin), and MS and BS (University of Delaware).

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