Samantha McDonald

“We will never have a perfect world, but it’s not romantic or naïve to work toward a better one.” - Steven Pinker


Samantha (Sam) McDonald is a first year Informatics PhD student at the University of California, Irvine. She is interested in researching sustainable informatics and sustainable human-computer interaction to identify and evaluate various intersections between technology design and sustainable practices. As a first year student, she is focusing on her literature review, but also exploring a few possible research projects in aquaponics and HCI Public Policy. Her current interim advisors are Dr. Bill Tomlinson and Dr. Bonnie Nardi. Previously, Sam was an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she worked as an undergraduate researcher in the field of accessible human-computer interaction in the Prototyping and Design (PAD) lab. Her undergraduate advisor was Dr. Amy Hurst.