About me

Troy Abel, MFA, Ph.D.

Usability Research Manager & Senior Strategist, Key Lime Interactive, LLC.
Previously– Assistant Professor- Visual Communication Design, Virginia Tech
Previously– Affiliated Faculty: Center for Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Virginia Tech
Previously– Affiliated Faculty: Institute for Creativity in Art & Technology (ICAT), Virginia Tech

BA, Media Communication, Valparaiso University
BSFA, Graphic Design, Valparaiso University
MFA, Graphic Design, Iowa State University
Ph.D., Human Computer Interaction, Iowa State University

Dr. Troy Abel received his PhD in Human Computer Interaction and MFA in Graphic Design both from Iowa State University. He currently is a User Research Manager and Senior Strategists for Key Lime Interactive, a usability consultancy. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design at Virginia Tech and was also the director of the new Eye Tracking and Usability Testing lab (ETUT) at VT. He previously was the Graduate Program Director for the Individualized Ph.D. in Human Centered Design. 
Dr. Troy Abel’s research centers around Human Centered Design and Usability testing methodologies. He is interested in merging new and novel usability testing methodologies with participatory design methodologies which can result in better designed systems. He is also interested in pushing the limits of eye-tracking and usability testing. 

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