Michael Alden Roller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Graphics Technology

Michael Roller


Dr. Michael Alden Roller is a professional designer, researcher and consultant focusing on user-centered design and design education. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology within the Department of Computer Information Technology & Graphics here at Purdue University Northwest.

Research Overview

Dr. Roller’s academic research investigates 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.

Select Publications

Roller, M.A. (2021, March). Implementation of design sprints within user-centered design courses. The Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices. Common Ground Research Networks, Monterrey, Mexico.

Roller, M.A. (2020, July). Developing empathy among post-secondary design students: A case study in experiential learning. The Twenty-Seventh International Conference on Learning. The Learner Research Network, Valencia, Spain.

Roller, M. A. (2016). A consensus on the definition and knowledge base for computer graphics (Doctoral dissertation). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ CIC Institutions; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1834819482).

Teaching Focus

Dr. Roller’s teaching primarily focuses on user-centered design. Currently, he teaches several undergraduate courses on User Experience (UX) Design, User Interface (UI) Design, and Usability Testing and Analysis, including:

  • CGT 25000: Foundations of Interaction Design
  • CGT 32200: User Interface Design I
  • CGT 35200: User Experience Design I
  • CGT 42200: User Interface Design II
  • CGT 45200: User Experience Design II
  • CGT 48000: Usability Testing and Analysis

Previous Roles

Prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Roller spent well over a decade in the industry designing, developing and managing enterprise-level digital products and applications for an array of multinational corporations including Pfizer, Inc., Siemens Industrial Automation, and Zimmer Biomet, Inc.

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 Research, Testing and Assessment
  • Visual Design and Communication

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Effective College Teaching Practices, Association of College and University Educators (2018)
  • Certified Usability Analyst, Human Factors International (2016)
  • Distance Education Certificate, Quality Matters Assurance in Online Learning (2008)