Randi Faris holds an MS in Digital Arts and Sciences and a BSE in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Florida. Her main areas of focus for her Master's Program were UX design and HCI, and how they apply to emerging technologies such as VR/AR. After completing her BSE, Randi worked as a software engineer at Intergraph Corporation, in Huntsville, ALTwo years later, Randi moved to south Florida where she spent 18 years at Motorola (Boynton Beach) and Freescale Semiconductor (Boca Raton) rising up the technical ladder to become a highly respected software architect and distinguished member of the technical staff. While at Motorola, Randi helped to design and develop many of Motorola's high end consumer telecommunications products, while serving on the patent committee, and representing Motorola at international standards bodies. Randi has 8 patents and was awarded Motorola's Patent of the Year for one of her patents, which held a significant financial worth to the company. Although born in Long Island, NY, Randi moved to Gainesville at a young age and considers Gainesville to be her home town. She spent most of her adulthood in beautiful Boca Raton, FL but moved back to Gainesville to pursue her Master's degree and decided to stay to teach at UF and be near family.