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Graduate Student Profiles
Ph.D. in Information & Computer Science
1st-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
Sun Young Park
4th-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
5th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
Nicole Miya Sylvester
2nd-year Ph.D. student in Information & Computer Science
4th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science
2012-13 Lamb Endowed Memorial Fellow
Sun Young Park
Sun Young Park
Sun Young Park has received the Roberta Ellen Lamb Endowed Memorial Fellowship, established in 2007 with an endowment made by Bob and Mosselle Pione to honor the memory of their daughter. Roberta Lamb joined the Bren School as associate professor of informatics in April 2006 and passed away on Nov. 29, 2006, after a short battle with cancer. The Roberta Ellen Lamb Memorial Fellowship was created to honor Lamb’s life, the body of work she executed, and the important work left unfinished by her untimely death — and to inspire others to continue the legacy she left behind.
Where are you from?
Seoul, Korea.
What are your previous academic degrees?
MDes in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Why did you choose to pursue graduate studies at UCI?
UCI’s informatics program is one of the well-known programs in human-computer interaction and social computing field in the United States. Also, I really liked the fact that the school is located in sunny and warm Southern California after a few years of living in chilly and rainy East Coast.
What is your current research focus? Why did you choose to go into this field of study?
My research is broadly situated at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work, mobile computing and health informatics. In particular, my current research focuses on the workplace technology use, collaboration and communication behaviors in a large hospital setting. As a designer trained by industrial and interaction design, I have always been interested in creating a new form of interaction that can portray people’s diverse lifestyles behaviorally, emotionally and socially. Then, I’ve further developed my interest in the social changes that result from embedding technology into everyday products, which led to my doctoral study in health/medical Informatics.
What are your future plans?
I hope to ultimately use my knowledge in industry as a researcher to improve people’s lives through technology interaction. Additionally, I have always been interested in teaching and as my career progresses, I would like to share my knowledge with others as a professor while continuing my research in a university environment.
How do you like to spend your time outside of school?
I do yoga and go hiking occasionally. I really hope to go scuba diving this summer since I haven’t gone for years.
Any words of wisdom for prospective grad students looking to study at UCI?
Through my graduate studies and work experience as a researcher, I have realized research to be intellectually stimulating and rewarding. In the Department of Informatics at UC Irvine, I have found a supportive atmosphere that allows me to take advantage of my multidisciplinary training in order to create the best design outcomes for users. If you have a passion for research in any field, I’m sure UCI will be one of the best places that can train and support you to become a successful researcher.