Women in Computing – Lana Yarosh

Ph.D. student, Human-Centered Computing, School of Interactive Computing


Lana's research interests fall primarily in the area of human-computer interaction, particularly ubiquitous and social computing. A member of the School of Interactive Computing's Ubiquitous Computing Group, she has a passion for empirically investigating social problems or needs that may be addressed through computing applications. After identifying these opportunities, she designs and develops technological interventions, evaluating them using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods. Most recently, she designed a media space system supporting synchronous remote communication between children and parents to help address the needs of divorced families. Lana has worked as a visiting researcher at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and she has participated in research internships with AT&T, IBM and Microsoft.

Lana earned her bachelor's degrees in computer science and psychology from the University of Maryland.


  • AT&T Research Labs Graduate Fellowship Recipient, August 2007
  • Gemstone Honors Citation, May 2005
  • University Honors Citation, April 2004
  • Banneker/Key Scholarship, August 2001 – May 2005
  • Maryland Distinguished Scholarship, August 2001 – May 2005

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