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Nadya Shalamova, Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Nadya Shalamova, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Nadya Shalamova is a professor, program director and expert in user experience (UX).





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Education, Licensure and Certification (6)

Certificate in Basics of Flare: MadCap Software Company 2014

Certificate in Structured Authoring: Society for Technical Communication 2010

Ph.D.: Rhetoric & Professional Communication, New Mexico State University 2008

M.Phil.: Descriptive Linguistics, Mari State University 2001

Certificate, Methods and Techniques for Teachers of English as a Second Language: University of CA: Riverside 1998

M.A.: Teaching English and German as a Foreign Language, Tomsk State Pedagogical University 1996


Dr. Nadya Shalamova is a professor in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication Department at MSOE and the program director of user experience. She earned her M.A. in teaching English and German as a foreign language from Tomsk State Pedagogical University, and her M.Phil in descriptive linguistics from Mari State University. She worked for several years in the Laboratory of Siberian Indigenous Language at Tomsk Polytechnic University where she conducted linguistic and anthropological research on one of the endangered (now extinct) native Siberian dialects. At the same time, she taught linguistics and ESL to engineering students. In 2001, she received a Carnegie Fellowship that brought her to the United States. That’s when she first learned about technical communication. She decided to pursue her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University where she was heavily involved in the Freshman Integrated Learning Community Project at the College of Engineering. Shalamova joined MSOE in 2008. She teaches UX and humanities courses including Social Science, UX Practicum, Freshman Studies, Linguistics: Study of Language, and Foundations of UX. She is an advisor to MSOE's University Innovation Fellows and is a CREATE Faculty Fellow.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Applied Learning


User Experience


Technical Communication

Accomplishments (1)

New Mexico State University Graduate School Award


Affiliations (4)

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) : Member
  • Association of Computing Machinery: Member
  • User Experience Professional Association: Member
  • University Innovation Fellows: Faculty Champion


Media Appearances (2)

High school students participate in design spree



“Tasked with redesigning a gift-giving experience for a friend or loved one, students went through the five stages of design thinking: empathy, problem-definition, solution ideation, prototype building and end-user testing,” said Dr. Nadya Shalamova, director of MSOE’s UXCD program.

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Students with big ideas reap big rewards at Festival



A team of General Studies faculty – Dr. Nadya Shalamova and Dr. Tammy Rice-Bailey, associate professors, Department Chair Alicia Domack, Ph.D., and Dr. Katie Wikoff, professor – developed the event. Acting as event emcee was lecturer Yazmene Thomas.

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Event and Speaking Appearances (5)

Blending Engineering Content with Design Thinking and UX to Maximize Student Engagement in a Technical Communication Class

2016 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference  

Five Simple Tips for Communicating Technical Information

Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Discovery Conference  Milwaukee, WI, May 2016

Five Simple Tips for Communicating Technical Information

Milwaukee Chapter of ASM 58th Bergman Seminar  Milwaukee, WI, April 2016

Controlled Language for Content Optimization and Translation

Society for Technical Communication, Wisconsin Chapter Meeting  Milwaukee, WI, December, 2014

Working with Engineering Students: Lessons for a TC Program

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication  Colorado Springs, CO, September, 2014

Research Grants (5)

The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network participation grant

University of New Haven $2,500

2014 Awarded for the “Integrating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial Mindset” workshop

The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Small Grant

MSOE $1,000

2013 Awarded for the development of Creativity Workshops for Milwaukee School of Engineering students

The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Small Grant

MSOE $1,500

2011 Awarded for the integration of entrepreneurial projects in communication classes

The Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation for Servant-Leadership Grant

MSOE $500

2010 Awarded for the development of a business project for a non-profit organization

Verna Newman Rule Endowed Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico State University $5,000

2007 - 2008

Selected Publications (1)

Transitioning from Technical Communication to User Experience (UX): A Case Study of a Collaborative Curriculum Redesign

International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development

Rice-Bailey, T., Shalamova, N.

2016 This article details a collaboration between a Technical Communication (TC) academic program at Milwaukee School of Engineering and its User Experience (UX) industry and community partners. This collaboration resulted in rethinking a TC degree program and establishing a new UX and Communication Design B.S. degree program. This article responds to TC scholarship calling for increased collaboration between academia and industry. The authors further explain how this particular collaboration was guided by Stakeholder Theory, enabling the program to identify its stakeholders and balance their differences while establishing new partnerships with the UX professional community. This article presents a case study of academia/industry collaboration and details both the challenges and successes that emerged during a program redesign. It concludes with models, a tools, and preliminary lessons that can assist other academic programs considering or undergoing similar curriculum or programmatic changes.

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