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Sunish Gupta

Part-Time Lecturer


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Sunish Gupta, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Research Interests

  • Inclusive design
  • Accessibility
  • User interface design
  • Universal design
  • Digital transformation


  • SM in systems design and management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • MS in computer engineering, University of Central Florida
  • BS in physics, NCERT (India)
  • BSE, NCERT (India)


Sunish Gupta is an accessibility professional, delivering his expertise to academia and industry. He applies novel and proven approach to integrate accessibility into corporate and development groups. He also consults and engages clients to ensure cost-effective accessible design and test solutions in consumer technologies, healthcare, and finance industries. Emphasizing smooth integration into complex UCD and Agile development environments, training and advising executives, product managers, and cross-functional teams is his specialty. He has more than 20 years of direct industry experience in R&D and marketing. He directed the development of the world’s first portable reading machine for the blind in collaboration with Ray Kurzweil. He has taught courses about accessibility, inclusiveness, and HCI at numerous universities in the Boston area. Additionally, he advises assistive technology projects at MIT, UN, World Bank Group, and other global institutions.

What are the specifics of your educational background?

I earned a master’s degree in systems design and management from MIT Sloan School of Management and a master’s degree in computer engineering from University of Central Florida, in addition to a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Education from NCERT (India).

What are your research interests?

Applying non-traditional strategies to immersive AR/VR experience design and measuring user experience for specially abled people. I strongly believe that any user interface can be made accessible to a person with any kind of disability. Whether it is an app, website, device, or appliance, it is always possible to make it easy to use and ADA compliant, and if designed right, it can work for anyone.

What courses/subjects do you teach?

  • Accessibility and Inclusive Design in HCI

What do you enjoy most/find most rewarding about what you teach? Is there anything notable or unique about the kind of students that you teach?

The best way to learn is through discovery methods, and students who adore hands on learning coupled with creativity are always ready to solve complex and daunting challenges in the future.

Where did you study? Any reason in particular behind your choice (a program you were excited about, a city you love, a researcher you wanted to work with)?

I spent a few years of graduate school at MIT, where hands on learning and deep dive research is taken very seriously. Boston has a great ecosystem of academia, industry, and government partnership that makes revolutionary and breakthrough research possible.

What are the specifics of your industry experience?

I have extensive engineering and marketing experience with companies in Silicon Valley. Cross-pollinating ideas from an unrelated industry into the chip making industry and electronic industry is what makes a company truly innovative. I have worked for companies that made nano valleys in Silicon (applied materials, lab research, e-tech) and flash memory (Texas Instruments and Micron Technology). In the second half of my professional career, I had the privilege of working with serial entrepreneur innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil and we developed the first portable reading machine for the blind ( This was a custom solution, but with today’s technology, let’s take advantage of the capabilities of smartphones and cloud ALI.

If you are interested in taking this Northeastern course, please email me and I will notify you when it is offered. If you are interested in any other innovative projects related to accessible design, please reach out.