Design Interactive, Inc.
Dr. Kay M. Stanney is CEO and Founder of Design Interactive (DI), Inc., a 70+ person company that has been focusing on empowering people through innovative solutions since 1998. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her contributions to “human factors engineering through virtual reality technology and strategic leadership.” She works with the DoD and Fortune 100 companies to harness the power of interactive technology to help people realize their full potential. She is a forward-looking leader, known for selecting, developing and mentoring high-potential emerging thought leaders. During her 25+ years of carrying out research in the area of immersive training, she has led numerous efforts involved in furthering adaptive immersive training techniques. Her research has influenced the design of current generation virtual reality (VR) headsets, military training solutions, amusement park rides, and Fortune 100 enterprise solutions. Dr. Stanney received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986, after which time she spent three years working as a manufacturing/quality engineer for Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, with a focus on Human Factors Engineering, from Purdue University in 1990 and 1992, respectively, after which time she spent 15 years as an Industrial Engineering professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF).