I’m going to the United States for a year to do the master in Human Computer Interaction.
Well, as you can read below, I want to make tools for UI designers that help them overcome their problems and guide them in making usable interfaces. I need two types of knowledge for this:
- Computer science/programming knowledge
- Psychological/cognitive science knowledge
To be a bit more specific: I need to know how the product is made, and how the human works that uses it. Furthermore, I need two types of education:
- Research/academical education
- Practical/professional education
Of course I need to do research on usability, because the tools I want to make should be based on research results. However, in order to make tools that are really useful for UI designers, I also need to know how they do their jobs.
I can acquire the academic knowledge in Eindhoven, by doing the Human-Technology Interaction MSc. For a really good professional education, however, I will go to Carnegie Mellon University, and do the master in Human Computer Interaction.
At first, I seemed that this would be an unattainable dream for me. The tuition fee at Carnegie Mellon is astronomical compared to Dutch fees. $45,000 is just way too much for me. However, via the director of the Technology Management faculty (where I finished my BSc in Innovation Sciences) in The Netherlands I came in touch with the “Huygens Scholarship Program”, which offers an “all-inclusive” grant for a lucky few talented students. As you can guess, I’m one of the lucky few this year!
A long, tiresome and sometimes frustrating period of forms, regulations and phone-calls later, things are finally coming together. I’ll leave my dear university in Eindhoven and go to Pittsburgh in a few days! I’ll keep in touch with my Dutch friends, my teachers, my family and everyone else who’s interested via this blog.