Julian Brinkley, Ph.D.

226C McAdams Hall · Clemson, SC 29634 · (864) 656-3444 · JulianBrinkley[at]Clemson.edu

I am an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University. I am the director of the Design and Research for In-Vehicle Experiences (DRIVE) Lab where we investigate a broad range of issues related to the human experience in conventional, fully automated and partially automated vehicles.

I received my Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the University of Florida with a dissertation entitled, “Autonomous Vehicles and Visually Impaired Operators”. AT UF I was co-advised by Drs. Juan E. Gilbert and Shaundra B. Daily. I also have an MS in Software Engineering from East Carolina University where I was advised by Dr. M. H. Nassah Tabrizi.

During my graduate studies I was fortunate to intern, work with and otherwise collaborate with many great companies including Intel and the Harris Corporation.


Assistant Professor

Clemson University

Assistant Professor within the Human-Centered Computing Division of Clemson University's School of Computing.

August 2018 - Present

Senior Web Developer

Clemson University

Technical lead of an Agile team tasked with the design and development of the USDA’s national research portfolio management system, NIMSS. As the software architect and lead developer of the system, I led the NIMSS team from the initial system redesign through two major revisions.

December 2014 - August 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Santa Fe College

Instructor of core computer science courses. Also developed a required software engineering course that taught the fundamental aspects of object-oriented analysis, design and software modeling using UML.

August 2016 - May 2018

User Experience Researcher

Harris Corporation

User research and R&D lead on a multi-disciplinary team, contributed to the development of project goals and formulation of research questions related to user performance improvements focused on the design of a classified critical systems product and the broader ERM/EOC product line.

May 2016 - July 2016

Senior Software Developer

Centrex Systems

Lead in a data-driven, dynamic environment responsible for requirements analysis, user research, design, prototyping and implementation of user-focused web and mobile systems.

July 2011 - March 2013

Contract Software Development Consultant

Various Employers

Software developer and user research lead on complex projects from financial services systems and communications systems to HR recruiting systems.

Otober 2009 - July 2011

Software Developer

Charter AR

Member of an Agile team responsible for user research, ideation, prototyping, development and user interface testing of an innovative web-based automotive sales HR system.

April 2007 - October 2009


University of Florida

Doctor of Philosophy
Human-Centered Computing

East Carolina University

Master of Science
Software Engineering

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Bachelor of Arts


Programming Languages & Tools
Research and Design

Human computer interaction (HCI), user experience (UX), human factors, quantitative & qualitative research methods, affinity diagramming, data visualization, ethnography, information architecture, interviews, heuristic evaluation, wireframing, prototyping, use cases, user stories, interactive design, co design, metrics, biometrics, user research, product design, study design.


Axure, InVision, SketchFlow, Adobe Creative Suite / Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Indesign, Visual Studio, PhpStorm, Visio, Microsoft Office, Qualtrics.

Quantitative & Qualitative Analysis



C#, VB, .NET and MVC frameworks, PHP, HTML, JQuery, CSS, databases (Oracle, SQL, MySQL), XAML, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft LUIS, Azure artificial intelligence platform.

Software Engineering and Business Analysis

Proficient in project management, systems analysis, requirements specification, software testing, software modeling, software documentation, version control.

Soft skills

Experience in storytelling, product development and analyzing data, able to communicate effectively, comfortable working collaboratively, enthusiastic about working proactively, excellent problem-solving abilities, passionate about engaging user experiences, accessibility and field studies.

Research Interests

My research focuses on designing, building, and evaluating interactive technology that addresses societal issues of significance such as accessibility, mobility and wellness.

I have become increasingly interested in mobility and transportation and much of my recent research has investigated the accessibility of emerging mobility technologies like fully autonomous vehicles.

Learn more about my research at our lab website DRIVE Lab