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Engineering student wins best technical paper

Steven Slover received $500 at national conference

Steven Slover, a senior at Ohio University's Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, won best technical paper at the 2011 Regional Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Conference held at Ohio University, Feb. 25-26.

An industrial and systems engineering major from Painesville, Ohio, Slover received $500 for his first-place win.

Slover's paper, "Predicting Website Usability: Examining the Relationship between Professional and End-Users' Perspective on Website Heuristics," lso looks at whether a professional website designer or the user can predict a users' usability more closely.

Slover examined whether a computer user can predict his or her level of usability on a site, based upon the site's characteristics and the user's opinion of those characteristics.
Slover's adviser, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering Diana Schwerha, said Slover's findings have important implications.
"His results point to a real need for participatory design in the development of heuristics for website evaluation," Schwerha said. "This type of work is extremely relevant, as many users of Web technology aren't in the same demographic as designers."

Slover's paper will advance to IIE's national Industrial Engineering Research Conference in Reno, Nevada, May 21-25.