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.
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: