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Lori Sjolund

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Adjunct Faculty Member
Education: 
B.S. in Psychology from Bemidji State University
M.S. in Cognitive Psychology and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University
Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University
Biography: 
Senior Product Development Engineer, 3M Corporate Research Systems Laboratory

Lori is involved at all phases of the research and design lifecycle for products that span 3M business groups. Activities include designing and conducting experiments for cutting-edge technology, designing new products, conducting usability tests, and communicating usability and user experience principles to stakeholders. Lori has worked on medical devices, perceptual properties of 3M materials, document scanning technology, software for personal safety equipment, and augmented and virtual reality technology.

Previously Lori was a User Experience Researcher at Workiva (cloud-based software used by 75% of Fortune 500). As a grad student Lori did research on spatial memory and navigation. This entailed studying how people know where they are, how they structure their memory of space, and how they navigate from place to place. Lori often designed research using virtual reality, primarily through the use of head-mounted displays. Lori also taught psychology, research methods, and communications.