• Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Purdue University
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Ben Hayward

Associate Director, Software Development & User Experience

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

“Academic Innovation provides a unique opportunity to engage in thought partnership with the world class faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. At Academic Innovation we pursue real world impact, improving education and the educational experience through personalization and innovative pedagogies. Academic Innovation is an opportunity to experiment with new technologies and ideas to improve efficiency, experience, knowledge and learning while collaborating with exceptional and dedicated colleagues across a wide area of disciplines.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Ben is the Associate Director for Software Development and User Experience Design. His responsibilities include setting technical vision and strategy for Academic Innovation as well as overseeing the design, development and operational efforts across the AI Software portfolio. Ben provides leadership in application architecture, project prioritization, expansion assessment and scoping development cycles.

Ben directs the efforts of the Software Development, User Experience Design and Software Operations teams and collaborates with other members of Academic Innovation Leadership as well as campus and external partners to construct and scale innovative educational applications into enterprise services that are available across the University of Michigan and partner institutions.

Previous Experience: Prior to joining AI, Ben worked for the U-M Center for Health Communication Research where he led development for a suite of native apps and web applications ranging from game development to surgery decision aids. He also worked with faculty to develop ideas into polished products for mass distribution.

Ask me to learn about:
  • Application Architecture
  • Software Development
  • DevOps
  • User Research
  • Interface Development
  • Writing
  • Football (both kinds)
Recent Stories by Ben:

Calling Positive Problem Solvers to Join a Growing DIG Team

Blog Post

The Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG) is looking for six new problem solvers to join their growing team to advance personalized education at Michigan and create a permanent model for academic R&D.

Bringing DIG’s Guiding Principles to Life via M-Write

Blog Post

MWrite is an innovative project that seeks to integrate disparate technologies, and provides a powerful demonstration of how the DIG Software Development Guiding Principles can be brought to life.