Liza Booker

Liza Booker
User Experience Analyst

I have a natural interest in new technology that originated in my childhood. When my father and grandmother collaborated to purchase a desktop computer for me at a young age, I immediately became enthralled with creating new digital projects. Due to funding, digital courses and resources were limited in the Chicago Public Schools I attended, so I looked to the internet for resources to teach myself the basics, such as HTML and CSS.

When I entered college, I gained an admiration for writing and analytics, which led to me to study English, Creative Writing and Informatics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While in college, I gained valuable mentors who inspired me to push my limits and succeed. For my general education courses, I took advantage of the ability to study courses that were outside my major in order to create a unique skillset that would be distinct from other applications when applying for jobs.

My undergraduate studies led me to the Masters of Science program for Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There I focused on building my information management, programming and customer experience skills. Then, after gaining professional experience working with data in archives and with patrons in the library, I found gratification in the field of user experience/computer science. As a user experience analyst, I help solve users’ problems and iterate on the best methods for customer satisfaction.

Day-to-day Work At Argonne


Why Computer Science Matters

Computer science matters because it entails using programming to improve real-world connections and create a sense of unity among us all. It consists of finding the best solution to a problem. If you are interested in working in an area that allows you to consistently learn and invigorate new skills, then computer science is a great fit for you.

Computer science is a necessity in countless fields of work. In social media, user experience and graphic design foster creative forms of communication between people. In car autonomy, early computer prototypes identify setbacks, saving money on the final production of self-driving cars. In neuroscience, supercomputers are used to emulate the human brain. In astronomy, visualization tools help uncover the unknown in the universe. Whether it is developing the next graphically attractive video game or redesigning the next-generation of wings for safer airplane landings, the opportunities are immeasurable for computer science.

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