Missouri State University

Derek Parker

Thinking outside the box

Meet Derek – collaborator, innovator, tech-lover.

For Derek Parker, it all began with his first cell phone.

“I was never satisfied with what came out of the box,” explained Derek. “I always wanted to make it better.”

That drive to improve technology led him to his passion: human computer interaction. For his senior project, Derek developed an interactive display, featuring programs in the College of Arts and Letters, to be installed in Craig Hall.

“That project is really the epitome of what I’m interested in. It’s touch-based. It’s interactive. It’s about the user and the experience they are having with that device,” said Derek.