Dr Erica Mealy

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Dr Erica Mealy

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Teaching areas

  • Database Systems
  • Non-relational Databases
  • User-Centered Design
  • Computer Science

Research areas

  • wearable technology
  • internet of things
  • user-centered design
  • software engineering tools
  • information technology education

Profile

Dr Erica Mealy joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast in February 2016. Erica is a lecturer in Information and Communications Technology in the School of Business.

As an accomplished software engineer with 14 years industrial experience alongside her 15 years university teaching experience Dr Erica Mealy has a passion for sharing her drive for making and coding to inspire the next generation of innovators and professionals. Erica has been writing code for over 20 years and has experience in areas as diverse as sports analysis, train control, safety critical software, embedded electronics, databases and the web.

Erica has worked with the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training, State Library Queensland, Digital Careers Australia, Queensland College of Art at Griffith University and in outreach for University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology in addition to her position at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She was also the recipient of a prestigious Google Computer Science 4 High Schools grant in 2015, and a finalist for the Women in Technology Rising Star award in the same year.

Erica’s research interests fall into the broad theme of applied user-centered design. Current projects relate to interface and systems design for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, a user-centered design approach to Entrepreneurship on the Sunshine Coast, wearable technologies, and software engineering support tool design.

Erica is also an exhibited visual artist with collaborative works centred on the intersection of art, science, technology and design which have been exhibited both domestically and internationally.

Professional memberships

  • Member of Women in Technology
  • Associate Member of the Australian Computer Society

Awards

  • Google CS4HS grant, 2015
  • Digital Careers Australia Small Grants program, 2015
  • 2015 Women in Technology Rising Star award finalist
  • QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance award, 2014
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