Altia Welcomes Industry-Renowned User Experience Director

Altia announces the appointment of new Director of User Experience, Steve Tengler

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO March 16, 2011 – Altia is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Director of User Experience, Steve Tengler. Steve is a proven expert in the field of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) design and deployment, with years of experience on some of the country’s top automotive teams.

Prior to joining Altia, Steve managed the global HMI development team at OnStar – GM’s award-winning driver assistance system. His team pioneered innovative services like their Turn-by-Turn eNav feature and the Injury Severity Predictor. To date, over 90 patents feature his work. In the past two decades, Steve has also worked for Nissan North America, Ford, and Visteon.

In his new role, Steve will help lead all customer projects through the user experience design process. His expertise with the pervasive and high-stakes challenge of driver distraction in the automotive HMI field will lend itself well to our customers’ wide array of complex embedded display projects.

"Steve joins Altia with an impressive background in embedded system user experience. His most stringent expertise is in automotive, where the fundamental goal is to combine intuitive interaction with minimized driver distraction. His focus on the practical application of human factors theories in this realm is unique and valuable,” said Mike Juran, CEO of Altia. “With the rising need for skilled human factors talent in the embedded space, Steve is an ideal addition to our team. His know-how will translate well to all areas of Altia’s business. Steve’s experience in the trenches with Tier 1 automotive embedded development is rare. He is the real deal.”

Steve will also work with Altia’s product engineering group to optimize the user experience and interface of the company’s award-winning suite of HMI development tools. He will often serve as an external-facing voice regarding all things related to user experience. Expect to hear from Steve at events, webinars, and on the Altia blog.

About Altia

Altia, Inc. is a software company that provides user interface design and development tools that can be used from concept to final product code. Altia also provides engineering services to support customer projects. The company was founded in 1991 and its customers include United Technologies, Ford, Chrysler, NordicTrack, Guidant, Star Trac, Hollister, Lockheed Martin and hundreds of other leading manufacturers. For more information about Altia’s products and services, visit www.altia.com or contact Altia’s corporate headquarters at 719-598-4299.