About

I’m Susan Elliott Sim and I have been researching people and computers for more than two decades. I make software, study people making software, and teach what I’ve learned through courses and books.

I was a professor at University of California, Irvine for nine years and now I’m back in Toronto. I’m developing software for Many Roads Studios and teaching for the Faculty of InformationĀ at University of Toronto. If you’re interested in my academic exploits, you can take a look at my CV and publications.

My first hero was Peter Gzowski. I first encountered him when I was a wee lass working in my parents’s bakery. (Sounds the start of a joke, doesn’t it?) By the time I was in university, I was a devoted listener. I loved how he really connected with people and gave them space to tell their stories, and taught us all about what it meant to be Canadian. When I was in high school, I discovered my second hero James Burke. Burke hosted a television mini-series called “The Day the Universe Changed” that made connections across time and place in the history of science and technology. The series blew my mind. Who knew that the invention of the printing press changed knowledge from an oral to a written culture? Gzowski’s and Burke’s influences can be seen in my empirical research, which involved qualitative interviews, and my interdisciplinary approach to all things.

If you want to know more, I can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, Github, and StackOverflow. If you still haven’t had enough, I can be reached by email, ses at drsusansim dot org. If you need me for software development, teaching, coaching, or public speaking, drop me a line. (I speak in full sentences even when I’m being recorded!)