Julie Jacko, Ph.D., has been named director of the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center. Julie Jacko is a professor in the School of Nursing with a joint appointment as professor in the School of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Science. Before working in Minnesota she was a professor of biomedical engineering with a joint appointment as professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology & the Emory University School of Medicine. She served as the director of research for the Health Systems Institute & Julie Jacko also directed the Center for Interactive Systems Engineering within the Health System Institute. The informatics initiative at the University of Minnesota & the health informatics initiative in particular, are emerging at top this rapidly developing scientific field. She feels privileged to be joining the exceptional leadership in the Academic Health Center & she is looking forward to working with the many talents from different disciplines at Minnesota to further develop this new area of excellence within the Academic Health Center.

Julie Jacko’s research accomplishments span the fields of human-computer interaction, health informatics & few other technological aspects of health care delivery, & universal access to electronic information technologies. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to applications & theory development related to human aspects of personal, mobile, & networked computing, as well as her landmark achievements & contributions advancing technology access for people with visual impairments. Julie Jacko received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her research entitled as, “Universal Access to the Graphical User Interface: Design for the Partially Sighted” & she received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers which is the highest honor bestowed on young scientists & engineers by the United States government.

Julie Jacko has authored more than 120 research publications, journal articles, books & chapters, & conference proceedings. She is co-editor of the books, “Human-Computer Interaction Handbook: Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies, & Emerging Applications,” she currently is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, & Julie Jacko is the associate editor for the International Journal of Human Computer Studies. In 2006, she was elected for a three-year term as president of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. She routinely provides expert consultancy for organizations & corporations on systems usability & accessibility, emphasizing on human aspects of interactive systems design. She received her bachelor’s, master’s, & doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

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