Amanda L. Hughes is an Associate Professor of Information Technology in Brigham Young University's School of Technology. As a recognized research leader in the area of Crisis Informatics, her current work investigates the use of information and communication technology (ICT) during crises and mass emergencies with particular attention to how social media affect emergency response organizations. An overarching goal of her research is to design, implement, and deploy software systems that improve crisis communications based on deep understandings of the social context in which they reside. Prior to coming to the Information Technology Program, Amanda received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and a master's and PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also worked as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Utah State University.