Michael Alden Roller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Graphics Technology

Program Coordinator; Computer Graphics Technology


Dr. Michael Alden Roller is a professional educator, designer, and researcher focusing on User Centered Design, Visual and Interaction Design, and Design Education.

Research Overview

Dr. Roller’ research documents the effectiveness of experiential learning approaches upon design practitioners working within post-secondary societies. The focus of this research is two-fold; identifying the needs of contemporary post-industrial design communities and the methods that best prepare learners to thrive within these communities in authentic, meaningful, and impactful ways.

Teaching Focus

Dr. Roller’s teaching focuses on User-Centered Design. In addition to two decades of professional field experience, his interdisciplinary academic background makes Dr. Roller uniquely qualified and motivated to teach courses relating to Visual Communication Design, User Experience/Interface Design, Interactive Systems and Technologies, Human-Computer Interaction, and Usability.

Michael Roller


(219) 989-2354


Office Location:

Hammond Campus, ANDR 208J


  • Ph.D. – Technology – Computer Graphics – Purdue University
  • M.S. – Engineering Technology and Digital Media – East Tennessee State University
  • B.F.A. – Graphic Design and Narrative Photography – East Tennessee State University

Areas of Expertise

  • User Experience Design (UX)
  • User Interface Design (UI)
  • Interaction Design (IxD)
  • Usability Testing and Assessment
  • Visual Design and Communication