Matthew Garvin


I am currently a 2nd year MSI at the University of Michigan School of Information, and the UI
Architect and User Research intern for the NASA Human Research Program’s Exploration
Medical Capability team. I’m a mixed method information science researcher with a focus on human-computer interaction, user experience, and socio-technical systems. My research supports NASA’s mission of space exploration through interaction design with emerging technologies to improve astronaut autonomy in deep space. I am entering the PhD in Information program at UMSI in the Fall, advised by Ron Eglash and Lionel Robert.


  • UMSI | Ann Arbor, MI
    • MSI | 05/21
    • UX/HCI/Social Computing
    • GPA: 3.9
  • Wayne State University | Detroit, MI
    • BA | 05/17
    • Four-field Anthropology
    • Peer mentor/President Anthropology Undergraduate Learning Community


NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX 2021
UI Architect and Research intern, ExMC, Supervisor: Dr. Kerry McGuire

  • Human-centered design
  • Model based systems engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020 to 2021
Research Assistant, Social Innovations Group, Supervisor: Dr. Tawanna Dillahunt

  • Qualitative analysis
  • Grounded theory

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
Master’s Thesis Option, Advisor: Kentaro Toyama

  • Ethnographic methods
  • Participatory action research

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
NASA X-Hab Challenge, Advisor: Dr. Nilton Renno

  • Conversation prototyping and design
  • G2 programming/NASA Platform for Autonomous Systems

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2020-2021
NASA SUITS Challenge, Advisor: Dr. Leia Stirling

  • AR prototyping and design
  • Human-in-the-loop simulation

Tyler Technologies, Troy, MI 2020
User Research intern, Public Safety, Supervisor: Gavin Pohl

  • Usability evaluations

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 2012-2013
Peer Mentor, Anthropology, Supervisor: Dr. Sherylyn Briller

  • Mentorship
  • Learning Community President

Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS), Detroit, MI 2012
Research Assistant, African Democracy Project, Supervisor: Dr. Ronald Brown

  • Political Science research
  • Ethnography

Awards & Acknowledgements

  • International Delegation on Anthropology and Archaeology (2005) | Beijing, China
  • Honors Transfer Scholarship (2011) | Dr. Irvin D. Reid Honors College (Wayne State)
    • Peer Mentor | President Anthropological Undergraduate Learning Community
  • Relevant certifications (MOOCs & IRB) –