Anicia Peters, PhD

Namibia | Fulbright S&T awardee 2009 | Iowa State University of Science and Technology | Human Computer Interaction


Anicia Peters is a Ph.D. student in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at Iowa State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between culture and methods for user interface (UI) development in African e-government systems.

As e-government systems become more pervasive, there is a need for citizen-centric user interfaces to be designed for such systems to be truly accepted and utilized. Across Africa, many e-government systems are developed within multicultural societies with Western-based UI design methods without regard to non-Western culture and infrastructure. Anicia’s research will help software designers understand the role that a user’s culture plays in UI design so that they might adapt their methods accordingly. She also hopes to develop a tool to improve designers’ ability to better understand their target user’s culture or cultures.

Anicia is a native of Namibia where she earned the Rector’s Medal for her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at the Polytechnic of Namibia. She also received the Professor Yrjo Neuvo award for the best graduate in Information Technology.

Prior to receiving the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, she taught in the School of Information Technology: Software Engineering Department at Polytechnic of Namibia. Before she began her academic career, she was instrumental in successfully implementing a government-wide Oracle-based Integrated Financial Management System for the Ministry of Finance in Namibia. She served as the project’s Technical Manager and also headed the Application Development Section within the Ministry. She is a published writer, a wife, and a mother of two daughters. She was recently awarded a Grace Hopper Scholarship for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2010.


Current Affiliation

Faculty of Computing and Informatics
Namibia University of Science and Technology



PhD (2014, Human Computer Interaction) Iowa State University, Ames, IA
MS (2011, Human Computer Interaction) Iowa State University, Ames, IA
BS (Information Technology) Polytechnic of Namibia, Namibia