Dr. Rader earned her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information and spent two years at Northwestern University in the Department of Communication Studies, where she was a recipient of the highly competitive Computing Innovation post-doctoral fellowship award from the Computing Research Association. She also has a professional Master’s degree from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Motorola Labs in the early 2000’s designing and evaluating applications for mobile technologies.
Dr. Rader's research program is focused on understanding and finding solutions to problems that arise in sociotechnical systems as they become an increasingly invisible and indispensable part of everyday life. A socio-technical system involves people, technology, and information; these parts all interact and influence each other, and without all three parts the system would not function as it should. These systems have great potential to help people and improve their lives; however, they also have the potential for harm. In particular, Dr Rader focuses on sociotechnical systems that are “black boxes” from the perspective of people using the system—the inputs and outputs can be observed, but the inner workings can’t be and are therefore hard for people to understand. Her work has been funded by several grants from the National Science Foundation, and she primarily publishes in human-computer interaction and usable security and privacy venues. You can learn more about Dr. Rader's research and the courses she teaches on her website at emileerader.com.
Human Centered Technology Design