CUDA Management

CUDA is a team of experts both trained and experienced in usability principles and methods.
Our members are:

Dr. Gerard Hanley, Director

Gerry co-founded CUDA as a campus-approved research, service, and instruction center. He has developed and manages a wide range of usability projects including laboratory and field tests, heuristic evaluations and walk-throughs, and task analyses for educational institutions, government agencies, and private industry. He is also the Executive Director of MERLOT ( and SkillsCommons ( and was the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Technology Services for the CSU Office of the Chancellor for almost 20 years.  Gerry worked in aerospace industries for almost 20 years which complements his extensive academic research expertise.

Gerry earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Kim-Phuong L. Vu, Associate Director

Kim is a professor in the Department of Psychology at CSULB. Her area of expertise is human factors and human-computer interaction. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Human Factors in Web Design (2005) and she has published papers addressing human factors issues in Web design, metacognitive judgments that predict computer expertise, and the role of restrictions in the memorability and security of passwords for single and multiple accounts.

Kim earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology (with Human Factors emphasis) from Purdue University.

Ha Nguyen, Project Manager

As CUDA’s accessibility trainer, Ha is responsible for training the human factor graduate students on how to conduct academic technology services (ATS) evaluations.

Ha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and is a second year Master of Science Student in Human Factors Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. 

Donald Strand, Information Technology Specialist

Don provides usability, accessibility, and instructional design, development, and evaluation support for web and database development projects that serve the entire CSU system. Examples include the CSU Graduation Initiative, Affordable Learning Solutions, and Early Assessment Program, Math and English Success web sites, and Institutional Teaching Commons (ITC) program.

Don has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY.

Graduate Assistants

CUDA employs graduate students from the CSULB MS Human Factors Program. These students provide day-to-day support for CUDA’s ongoing projects.

CUDA Graduate Assistants


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