My name is Jenny Hottle, and I’m a graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Human-Computer Interaction master’s program. I also work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Office of Communications.

Teaching kids about space during an Earth Day event at Union Station.
Teaching kids about space during an Earth Day event at Union Station.

I’m interested in user experience design and content strategy. Through my work, I strive to find inclusive design solutions. My goal is to make technology a more accessible experience for all users.

My undergraduate background is in journalism. I graduated with a B.A. in multiplatform journalism from Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. As an undergraduate, I also was a member of Digital Cultures and Creativity (now Design | Cultures + Creativity), where I first got a glimpse of the HCI field and how usability testing works. When I attended a hackathon as a reporter, I was captivated by the energy of the arena and fascinated by the projects students were building from scratch in just 36 hours — and I wanted to find a way into tech. HCI was the answer.

Outside of work, I love playing volleyball, painting, practicing guitar, jumping rope and traveling. I’m also a hacker, and I help organize Maryland’s two weekend-long hackathons, Bitcamp and Technica.


If you want to chat tech or journalism or even just ask me how on Earth I got into jumping rope, feel free to reach out to me: 

Twitter: @JennyHottle

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