Qualifications and Publications


Ph.D. in Human Centered Design (Technical Communication), Virginia Tech, 2023
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
, Virginia Tech, 2012
M.A. in Communication, Virginia Tech, 2012
Vietnamese Language & Culture Study, Vietnam National University, 2005-2008
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2002


IT Documentation and Support Management, Virginia Tech Division of Information Technology, 2015
Technical Writer/Technical Engineer, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 2013-2015
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Curriculum (Research and Communication Skills), Radford University, 2013-2014
Research Assistant/Technical Writer, Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences, 2013
Graduate Assistant/Public Speaking Instructor & Software Trainer, Virginia Tech, 2010-2012
Staff Journalist, Southeast Asia Globe Magazine, 2008
Academic English Instructor, Australian Center for Education and Training, 2006-2009
Mechanical Engineer, US Genomics, 2002-2005

Computer Skills

Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Ubuntu
Word Processing/Typesetting: Advanced Microsoft Word and EndNote, and some LaTeX
Data Analysis and Database: Microsoft Excel, SPSS JMP, Sofa, and some Microsoft Access
Project Management: Microsoft Project and SharePoint
Graphic Design: Microsoft PowerPoint, some GIMP and Adobe Dreamweaver
Content Management Systems: WordPress, Serendipity, and some Ensemble
Learning Management Systems: Sakai, Canvas, and Desire2Learn
Video editing: Camtasia
Computer Aided Design: SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer, and AutoCAD

International Experience

Resided in Vietnam (~2.5 years), Cambodia (~6 months), Laos (~6 months) and China (~3 months)
Knowledge of Vietnamese, Laotian, and French

Selected Publications

Research Reports and Academic Publications

Gibbons, R. B., Meyer, J., Terry, T., Bhagavathula, R., Lewis, A., Flanagan, M., Connell, C. (editor/author/coordinator) (2015) Evaluation of the Impact of Spectral Power Distribution on Driver Performance (Publication No. FHWA-HRT-15-047). National Technical Information Service, Springfield VA: U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Gibbons, R. B., Palmer, M. E. Connell, C., Jahangiri, A., Lutkevich, P., Weaver, J., Berg, J., Karlsson, J. & Slocum, D. (2015). Airport Parking Garage Lighting Solutions (Project 09-03). ACRP Report, Issue No. 124: Transportation Research Board.

Williams, B., Gibbons, R. B., Medina, A., & Connell, C. A. (2014). Visibility of a color variable message sign in fog. Paper presented at the Transportation Research Board 94th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Witten, T., Samuel, A., Cuerrero, I., Alden, A., Rakha, H., Wang, J., Chen, H., Mayer, B., Edwardes, A., Connell, C. (editor/author/coordinator), Grant, C., Harris, M., Dagerhardt, C. & Bennighof, C. (2015). TIGGER Final Report: Demand Responsive Bus Transit for Reduction of Greenhouse GasesBlacksburg, VA: Federal Transit Agency TIGGER Program Sponsored Research.

Gibbons, R. B., Palmer, M. E., & Connell, C. A. (2014). Measuring airport parking garage lighting: Measuring illuminance and garage patron preferences. Paper presented at the 2014 meeting of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Pittsburgh, PA.

Palmer, M. E., Gibbons, R. B., & Connell, C. A. (2014). Development of an on-demand roadway-lighting system. Paper presented at the 2014 meeting of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Pittsburgh, PA.

Connell, C., Bayliss, L. & Farmer, W. (2011). Ebook readers: Effects of reading device on reading comprehension and retention. International Journal of Instructional Media, (39)2, 131-140.

End User Documentation

Connell, C. (2018). Kaltura in Canvas and at video.vt.edu. Virginia Tech Division of Information Technology: Blacksburg, VA. https://vt4help.service-now.com/sp?id=sc_cat_item&sys_id=2c7f997adbb51380c53b13141b96197f

Connell, C. (2018). Zoom on Personal Computers and Mobile Devices.  Virginia Tech Division of Information Technology: Blacksburg, VA. https://vt4help.service-now.com/sp?id=kb_article&sys_id=1c56da51db5c9fc41c1e86171b961980

Connell, C. & Richards, L. (2018). SPOT – Guide for Department Administrators and Instructors. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech Department of Information Technology. https://vt4help.service-now.com/sp?id=kb_article&sys_id=8f2f8c0f0f396680ee5a0bcce1050e28

Connell, C. (2013). Roadway-Lighting Mobile Measurement System (RLMMS) User Manual. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Connell, C. & Thacker, D. (2012). Teach Yourself Scholar. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech Division of Information Technology.

Finlay,* C. (2003). U.S. Genomics GeneEngineer Software Tutorial. Woburn, MA: US Genomics.

Magazine Articles, Web Articles, and Book Sections

Finlay, C. (2010). Profiles of martial artists with SCI/D: Roccy Pochy, Jerry Ryan, Molly Hale, Sarah True, Ron Scanlon, and Jennifer Langdon. In Kondo, E. (Ed.), Not-Me!: Self Defense and the Martial Arts for and by People with SCI/D (pp. 61-63; pp. 66-74). www.not-me.org/selfdefenseforsci.pdf

Finlay, C. (2009, November 23). Vietnam blocks Facebook. The China Beat: Blogging how the East is read. University of California, Irvine. http://www.thechinabeat.org/?p=1175 (no longer available)

Finlay, C. (2009). Vietnamese students given a rare chance to protest – against China. In Merkel-Hess, Pomeranz, K. L. & Wasserstrom, J. N. (Eds.), China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance (p. 146). Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Finlay, C. & Yos, K. (2008, June). Language barrier: For Cambodian society to truly develop, everybody is going to have to start speaking and writing the same language. Southeastern Globe, 16-23.

Finlay, C. (2008, April). Local hero: One man stood against the graft ridden education system in Vietnam. Southeastern Globe, 44-49.

Finlay, C. (2007, November). Defend yourself! Sports and Spokes, 36-38.

Finlay, C. (2007, August 17). Vietnam: Web censorship. Global Voices Online. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2007/08/18/vietnam-web-censorship

Web Design


*Connell nee Finlay