| Matthew Manuel Davis |

Durham, NC
Mobile: (703) 624-6218


| Education |

M.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering

Human Factors Track, Human-Computer Interaction Specialization
May 2016


B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering

Human Factors Concentration, Green Engineering Minor
May 2014


| Work Experience |


Graduate Researcher / Teaching Assistant 
Cognitive Engineering for Novel Technologies Lab
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

August 2014 - May 2016


Explored free-hand gesture interaction techniques and the design of menus for augmented, virtual, and mixed-reality applications. Reviewed existing gesture taxonomies and “point design” studies. Investigated the use of visual displays and natural user interfaces in the design of architectural spaces in a mixed-reality environment. Developed a protocol for a prospective research study. Provided Engineering Economy instructional assistance through teaching aid, exam preparation, class lecturing, and grading.


-- IEEE Virtual Reality 2016 Conference (Poster), Greenville, SC --

Davis, M., Gabbard, J., Bowman, D., Gracanin, D.

Depth-based 3D Gesture Multi-Level Radial Menu for Virtual Object Manipulation.


Research Analyst
Virginia Tech Applied Research Corp., Arlington / Blacksburg, VA

Summer / Fall 2016

Assessed, conceptualized, and forecasted current advancements in brain-computer interfacing, mesorobotic, and urban decoy application domains. Located underlying system level components and SMEs by means of author disambiguation, visualization, and co-authorship network analysis. Evaluated and redesigned the user interface and interaction model for a technology sequence analysis engine.  Developed task and user flows, developed the information architecture, designed screens, and performed

heuristic analyses.

User Experience / Human-Centered Design Intern
Lextant, Columbus, OH

Summer 2015


(Primary focus on the review and design of vehicle infotainment systems.)  Developed numerous wireframes and flow diagrams for different system applications (ex. home, phone, audio, navigation).  Built a medium fidelity touch-enabled multi-screen prototype in Axure RP Pro.  Conducted formative research through usability testing of the prototypes.  Composed questions and dialogue for discussion guides to be used in testing, of which I also was a lead note taker and secondary discussant.  Participated in weekly brainstorming sessions; collaborating directly with clients, visual designers, and a programmer.


USSOCOM Project Intern
Clearwater, FL

May – June 2014


Investigated the application of emerging visual display technologies for the design of head-mounted and touch-enabled display interfaces. Conducted card sorting activities, evaluated storyboards, designed low and medium-fidelity paper prototypes, and performed iterative “Wizard of Oz” prototyping.


Undergraduate Researcher
Cognitive Engineering for Novel Technologies Lab
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

January – May 2014


(Investigated color-blending in augmented reality (AR) with Google Glass).  Measured the combined color of real-world backgrounds and virtual colors as projected through the Google Glass display through the use of an optical AR testbed that emulates outdoor lighting conditions.


Research Associate
NASA Ames Aeronautics Academy
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Summer 2013


Individual Research
Designed an electronic flight bag (EFB) user interface for the Traffic and Atmospheric Information for General Aviation (TAIGA) system to improve the situation awareness and enhance the mental model of pilots flying in Alaska airspace.  Reviewed background and current uses of EFBs, investigated initial requirements and goals for the application, and assessed both the use cases, and needs and expectations of users for each previously proposed flight scenario.  Provided mode/button nomenclature and descriptions, drafted a technical paper, prepared a poster, and presented research.  Assisted the Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory (FDDRL) with the single pilot operations study.

Group Research (Singular Tasks)
(Investigated the feasibility of incorporating an aerial mass transit system in the San Francisco (SF) Bay Area using a fleet of electronically powered quadcopters to supplement current commuter services).  Led the theoretical component of the study.  Collaborated with several NASA personnel and contractors to aid in an investigation of the regulations and logistics related to unmanned aerial vehicles in the SF Bay Area airspace.  Developed flight path simulations and designed the quadcopter interior vehicle architecture and vertiport concepts.  Drafted a segment of the technical paper, research poster, and NASA Headquarters project video, and presented research.


Researcher, Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Summer 2012


Investigated factors that influence time delays in maneuvers performed by pilots of commercial aircraft).  Explored how human information processing, situation awareness, and the mental model are associated with pilots.  Drafted a technical paper, prepared a poster, and presented research.

| Recent Projects |


BreakZONE Matchmaker
CS 5984 Human Centered Design, Virginia Tech

February 2015


Conceptualized a walk-up interactive display which encourages the community to bowl together through gamification across groups.


Decision Support System GUI Designer
ISE 5604 Human Information Processing, Virginia Tech

April 2013


Designed a home interface for a theoretical decision support system that operates within an Incident Command Center for disaster management.  Replaced working memory demands with perceptual ones through use of salient colors, supporting shapes, and pictorial images.


2013 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition

November 2012


Led a small team to imagine and design a recreational experience for the citizens and tourists of downtown Chicago.  Composed a compelling story, designed preliminary concepts of the structures and various exhibits, and conceived and designed two animated characters for which the experience centered around.

| Skills and Tools |


Proficient knowledge

Conceptual design
Interactive / parallel prototyping
Affinity diagraming
Heuristic evaluation
Card sorting
Usability testing
Cognitive walkthrough
Task analysis
Axure RP Pro (interactive prototyping)
PowerPoint (task flows, interactive prototyping, motion graphics)

Intermediate knowledge

Statistical analysis
Experimental setup
Sketchbook Pro
Google SketchUp (3D environments)

Novice knowledge

Physical work capacity
Occupational biomechanics
Human Safety Engineering standards
Unity 3D
Unity C#
Adobe Illustrator / Photoshop
Expression Blend for Visual Studio

| Presentation Experience |


IEEE Virtual Reality Conference | Poster Presenter March 2016

Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) TALOS | Booth Exhibitor May 2014

NASA Ames Aeronautics Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center | Presenter August 2013

Virginia Tech Black Male Summit | Student Speaker April 2013

North Carolina A&T State Univ. McNair Research Symposium | Presenter January 2013

Virginia Tech ISE High School Recruitment Program | Presenter January 2013

Univ. of Delaware National McNair Scholars Research Conference | Presenter / Attendee October 2012

Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Showcase Session | Presenter September, October 2012

MAOP and McNair Summer Research Banquet | Student Speaker August 2012

Virginia Tech Alumni Board of Directors Spring Meeting | Guest Speaker April 2012

Virginia Tech Black Alumni Reunion | Ambassador / Student Speaker March 2012

Virginia Tech Fall Visitation Panelist | Speaker / Volunteer October 2010, 2011

| Leadership |


Graduate Student Advisor, Student African American Brotherhood
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

January 2015 – Present


Seeking and encouraging minorities to strive for academic, social, and professional excellence within the community.  Assisting in the coordination and hosting of several workshops and programs such as Distorted Lenses, the Black Male Summit, and Students.  Working to Achieve Goals and Graduation (VT-SWAGG); as well as mentoring high/middle school students in mathematics.

| Organizations |


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) | Member February 2015 – Present

Aerospace Systems Technical Group (ASTG) | Member January 2015 – Present

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) | Member Janurary 2015 – Present


Virginia Tech Mobile Application Development Club (VT MAD) | Member / Developer January 2014 – Present

NASA Academy Alumni Association (NAAA) | Member August 2013 – Present

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (VT SEDS) | Member January 2012 – Present

Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) | Member August 2011 – Present

Alliance for Minority Participation (VT-AMP) | Member August 2011 – Present

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) | Member August 2009 – April 2013

Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) 

Student Advisor August 2013 – April 2014
President August 2012 – Dec. 2014
Vice President of Internal Affairs August 2011 – April 2012
Social Development / Treasurer August 2010 – April 2011

| Philanthropy |


Upward Bound Tutoring Program Mathematics | Tutor September 2009 – May 2013

Big Event / Relay For Life | Volunteer / Fundraiser April 2010, 2011, 2012

Fall Visitation | Volunteer October 2010, 2011

First Lego League | Volunteer January 2011 – May 2011

Gateway Student | Host April 2010

| Additional Activities |


Intramural Sports | Athlete Sept. 2009 – Present


SAEOPP McNair/SSS Scholars Research Conference in Atlanta, GA | Attendee June 2012


Symposium on Supporting Minority Males in STEM at NASA HQ | Invited Attendee March 2012

| Awards |


New Horizons Graduate Scholar Virginia Tech Graduate School | August 2014


GEM University Fellow Virginia Tech Graduate School | August 2014


John Grado Scholarship Industrial/Systems Engineering | August 2013


Kimberly Clark Honor Scholarship College of Engineering | June 2013


Meredith Winall Memorial Scholarship Industrial/Systems Engineering | August 2012


Charles W. Pryor Engineering Scholarship College of Engineering | June 2012


Richard M. Blood, Jr. Memorial Engineering Scholarship College of Engineering | June 2012


Dean’s List College of Engineering | Spring 2010/12/14, Fall 2011

Tel. 703-624-6218  I

UX Design Engineer @ Lenovo

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