Melanie Tory, a leader in data visualization, is the Roux Institute’s Director of Data Visualization Research, joining Rai Winslow, Jack Lesko, Gretchen Fougere, and Usama Fayyad on the Research Leadership Team. Tory joins the institute from Tableau Software, an interactive data visualization software company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and recently acquired by Salesforce for over $15B.
Of the appointment, Senior Vice Provost and Academic Lead of the Roux Institute, Michael Pollastri, says, “Recruiting Melanie Tory to lead data visualization research at the Roux Institute will position us here in Portland to bring the field to our partners and learners to springboard them into the data-forward economy of the future.”
At Tableau, Tory focused on both industry research and applied user research, where her work centered on enabling natural language interaction with visualizations, as well as how people use analytics and business intelligence tools “in the wild” within organizations, and what barriers exist in those organizational sense making practices. Senior Director of Research Development for the Roux Institute, Gretchen Fougere, says, “Melanie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise both from her academic background and time at Tableau, the leading organization for data visualization.”