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John R Thompson

Designer for Analysis & Action

Empowering people to accomplish their missions.


Georgia Institute of Technology

May 2016

M.S. in Human Computer Interaction

Atlanta, GA

University of Virginia

May 2012

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Charlottesville, VA


NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

June 2015 - Aug. 2015

Data Visualization Intern

Pasadena, CA

Tasked with developing a path visualization tool to explore new and interesting visualization and interaction paradigms for supporting rover operations in both short and long-distance traverse planning.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Aug. 2014 - July 2015

Graduate Research Assistant

Atlanta, GA

Designed and prototyped an InfoVis tool for mobile military application. The project is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Funding was sought and acquired by myself through a U.S. military contractor. Advised under Dr. John Stasko.

C.S. Draper Laboratory (DPC)

Sept. 2012 - July 2014

UI Designer / Front-End Developer

Cambridge, MA

Programmed, designed and conducted user evaluations for the development of U.S. military prototypes. Gained front-end development experience. Learned techniques for observing & analyzing users to improve designs. Built business relationships with U.S. military contractors. My role progressed into a design lead on two of my projects.

Sensor Systems Support Inc.

Jan. 2012 - Apr. 2012

Embedded Systems Developer

Merrimack, NH

Implemented a FPGA based delay-line transceiver for a geophysics project with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

June 2011 - Aug. 2011

Embedded Systems Intern

Lexington, MA

Developed a FPGA based passive aircraft receiver for testing with the FAA’s NextGen System. The receiver is still in use by Lincoln Labs.

Research Interests

  • Information Visualization
  • Visual Data Analytics
  • Sports Analytics
  • Tools for STEM Education

Skill Sets

User Research

  • Presenting to stakeholders
  • Focus group moderating
  • User data analysis & coding
  • Contextual inquiry & design


  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Project Team Leader
  • Design Lead at Draper


Front-End Dev.

  • Android
  • CSS
  • D3.js
  • HTML
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • GIS
  • Maya
  • Unity
  • OpenGL
  • .NET
  • Axure
  • Adobe CC

Back-End Dev.

  • C#
  • C++
  • SQL
  • Python
  • PHP