Faculty Profile for Grayson B Lawrence

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Grayson B Lawrence
Associate Professor — School of Art and Design
JCM 3115
phone: (512) 245-2611

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Grayson was born in Austin, Tx and earned his BFA and MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University. After working in the field as a brand, advertising, interaction, and game designer, he returned to TxState to teach in 2004.

Other than wearing geeky t-shirts, slinging tons of “dad-jokes”, and drooling over British motorbikes, Grayson loves to teach Web and Mobile Application Design in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. He also teaches User Experience in our MFA graduate program. Grayson co-hosts an annual hackathon, creating teams of Communication Design and Computer Science students to solve real-world interaction design problems.

From a research perspective, Grayson has created mobile applications for museums, high-school Government classes, physician-physician communication, and campus safety. Currently, he is developing new rapid prototyping techniques for virtual reality (VR) and working with his students and co-researchers, designing environments to help veterans cope with PTSD.

Teaching Interests

Anything software design and human-centered, Interdisciplinary collaboration, entrepreneurship

Research Interests

Interdisciplinary collaboration, EMS, PTSD, Virtual Reality healthcare and training, Mobile Application Design, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI)

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • UX Designer, Project Manager, Virtual Reality Housing Code Enforcement Training. May 1, 2021 - August 1, 2021.
  • Bennu Coffee Airport Location Signage. Store Signage and EGD Design for Airport Blvd. Location. Corporate. July 15, 2020, vinyl, mixed material dimensional, LED lighting.
  • UX Designer, UI Designer, Project Management, Virtual Reality Hemorrhagic Fever Personal Protective Equipment Training Proof of Concept. February 27, 2020 - March 11, 2020.
    • March 11, 2020 BAMC Technology Demonstration Day, Brook Army Medical Center.
  • Koutitas, G., Smith, K. S., & Lawrence, G. B. (n.d.). Performance Evaluation of AR/VR Training Technologies for EMS First Responders. Virtual Reality, Springer.
  • UX Designer, UX Design Lead, Project Manager, Virtual Reality Hemorrhagic Fever Personal Protective Equipment Training Proof of Concept. February 1, 2020 - February 29, 2020.
    • Medical Technology Demo Day. February 29, 2020 FT Sam Houston, San Antonio.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: American Graphic Design Awards for Camp Howdy-Do! Branding System, Graphic Design USA. December 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: American Graphic Design Awards for Augmented Training Systems Logo, Graphic Design USA. December 1, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State Quarterly Team Award, Team Recognition Committee (Nancy Nusbaum, Chair). November 1, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: American Graphic Design Award for Govely Political App for High School Students, Graphic Design USA. November 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Favorite Professor Award, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. January 1, 2015

Selected Grants

  • Howard, Krista J (Principal), Ceballos, Natalie A (Supporting), Grimes, Thomas (Supporting), Dailey, Stephanie Layne (Supporting), Lu, Yongmei (Supporting), Lee, Hsun Ming (Supporting), Sharma, Shobhit (Supporting), Lawrence, Grayson B (Other). Does Social Media Make Us Sick? A Pilot Study on the Effects of Social Media on Physiological Reactivity and Mental Health, MIRG, Texas State University, $23784. (Funded: July 2018 - February 2020). Grant.
  • Antonia, Abby (Principal), Smith, Kenneth S (Principal), Nason, Erica (Co-Principal), Lawrence, Grayson B (Co-Principal), Koutitas, George (Co-Principal), Tiura, Angela (Co-Principal), Zawaki, Tina (Supporting), Wegner, Rhiana (Supporting). Alcohol's Effects on Affective, Cognitive, and Behavioral Responses in a Virtual Reality Dating Simulation, National Institute Of Health, Federal, $2375752. (Submitted: February 5, 2020, Funded: January 1, 2022 - Present). Grant.
  • Koutitas, Georgios (Principal), Spencer, Bobbi J (Co-Principal), Lawrence, Grayson B (Co-Principal), Smith, Kenneth Scott (Co-Principal), Zong, Ziliang (Co-Principal). CO-Search AR/VR Training for Safety in Construction, Texas State University, Texas State University, $10000. (Submitted: May 2019, Funded: July 2019 - July 2020). Grant.
  • Koutitas, Georgios (Co-Principal), Lawrence, Grayson B (Co-Principal), Smith, Kenneth Scott (Co-Principal), Blair, John P (Principal). Big Ideas Training with AR/VR in Law Enforcement Areas, Texas State University. (Funded: June 2019 - Present). Grant.
  • Smith, Kenneth Scott, Lawrence, Grayson B, Koutitas, Georgios, Metsis, Vangelis, Trahan, Mark Herrick. Just-in Time VR Training for EMS AMBUS Personnel, USIGNITE SMART CITIES, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $19000. (Funded: 2018 - 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

MFA Steering Committee
March 1, 2020-Present
School of Art & Design Scholarship Committee
September 1, 2019-Present
College of Fine Arts and Communication Scholarship Committee
September 1, 2019-Present
Communication Social Media Outreach Committee
October 26, 2018-Present
College Research Enhancement Committee
September 1, 2015-Present