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EECS Lunch and Learn with Industry Series: Accessibility – An unexpected journey and why you should care by Jon Campbell, Microsoft


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Accessibility – An Unexpected Journey and Why You Should Care
by Jon Campbell, Microsoft

Accessibility is a field that is of ever-increasing importance. An alternate title for this talk could be “Accessibility – everything they won’t teach you in school but will need to know.” This talk will present a brief look at how the speaker got into the accessibility area of computer science. A broad overview of current trends will be discussed, as well as some important notes about why every student should care. We will talk about universal design, inclusive design, extreme constraint design and how it applies in the real world. We will also discuss what happens when users stop being ambiguous and become real.

Jon Campbell spent 6 years in Pullman, earning a double major (BS Computer Science, BS Computer Engineering) and double minor (Math, Electrical Engineering) in 2003 as well as a Masters in Computer Science in 2005. He had internships at a startup and Sandia National Laboratories. Since graduation he has spent 15 years at Microsoft across many divisions – Office, Xbox, Windows and most recently Microsoft Research specializing in Accessible Technology. Special honor include numerous patents, winning the Microsoft \\OneWeek hackathon in 2014, and winning the SXSW 2018 Music & Audio Innovation award

Series Purpose:
It has been said one should never let a crisis go to waste, because it can be an opportunity to try new things that may not have been possible before. And, with the temporary transition to online learning, we have a new means for industry to connect with students at WSU.

The purpose of this speaking series is for high-tech companies to share insight with EECS students and give time for Q&A.

Example topics will include career experiences, how to succeed in industry, what to expect with your first job, interviewing advice, along with technology discussions and trends.

The series is brought to you by the WSU EECS Executive Council.

We are engineers, managers, and executives that help advise the WSU EECS program so what you learn at school matches the skills and values needed for a successful career.