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"It's great to see that more students are getting into HCI. Bravo on your portfolio... and nice web site."

- Ben Shneiderman
"You're a fun person to work with, and you are very innovative, which I think is a much needed trait to keep raising the bar for usable design in a software company."

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"...you guys in UI have way more on your plate than you probably should, you are always so pleasant and most willing to help out where needed. This does not go unnoticed, nor unappreciated."

- Dena Sophshire | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
"Dustin reads the requirements thoroughly prior to creating the UI for a piece of functionality. He often provides an alternative view on how the functionality could work. I see him doing this more often the longer he works at Benefitfocus and is exposed to the application. He has had significant suggestions which have positively impacted the Day Care Subsidy feature as well as Wellmark Single Sign-on."

- Stephanie Hess | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
"You're a self-starter and show strong initiative. You showed good initiative in taking over style guides, getting usability feedback on various features, and in volunteering to lead the way on the HR redesign. For me, this is a godsend as I trust that you're doing work that's assigned to you in a timely manner with little supervision. I love self-starters!"

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"Thank you for all the wonderful, creative work you've done for us! You've been such a tremendous support! Many, many thanks!"

- Christiane S. Wade
  The Sure Foundation, Inc
"I would say the number one thing I've been impressed with is your ability to be innovative without being disruptive. A lot of people will come in and say 'this sucks, you need to do this, this, and this' which is not a good way to get anything done. You have managed to come in and give our application and our organization a ton of fresh innovative ideas, and do it in a constructive positive way."

- Patrick Hutchinson | Web Developer
  Benefitfocus.com
"You work well with others, are diplomatic, and a strong listener. You seem to work well with developers, business analysts, and product management peers alike."

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"Your initiative to take on and follow through with new projects. For example, I witnessed this with the HR Administrator interviews, InsideFocus newsletter, and the initiation of the HR Administrator role redesign."

- Dena Sophshire | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
"Always willing to lend a hand. When I had some HTML questions... you were able to diagnose a pretty complicated problem, and quickly came up with a solution that was both sophisticated and easy to understand, even for a thickheaded Java guy like me."

- Patrick Hutchinson | Web Developer
  Benefitfocus.com
"Your strengths at this point are obvious and becoming more and more apparent to people outside our team. You're helping take our user experience to the next level, and I'll do everything I can to support you in doing that -- you are an innovative designer with sharp technical skill and a great personality to boot."

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"You have great communication skills which I noticed in receiving your HR Administrator Interview reports. You articulated in summary the problems these folks were experiencing and came to notice very quickly several trends common amongst the groups."

- Dena Sophshire | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
"I value your creativity and spirit in tackling any new project, and I especially appreciate your willingness to help me on projects when there's a huge time crunch we're facing. A great example of this is the Online Service Agreement. That particular project came out of nowhere (from a UI perspective) during the middle of a development cycle, and it was going to be almost impossible for me to do the actual HTML/CSS without killing myself. You took that project over with a great attitude and did a great job with it from my vantage point."

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"I think your vision and focus on the user experience is outstanding, I was very impressed with what you did for HR notes, and the AJAX demo was incredible."

- Patrick Hutchinson | Web Developer
  Benefitfocus.com
"Creating UI that is outside the box relative to our current application design, while managing to maintain a level of consistency with the overall look and user experience. A perfect example of this would be the new report designs, which are functionally and visually more dynamic and yet they blend nicely within the application, not overshadowing the current design."

- Dena Sophshire | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
"You have a good blend of creativity and analytical skill, as displayed in your design of reports, redesigning how we cover dependents in HR, and your design for the newsletter..."

- Brad Bonham | Usability Engineer (Team Leader)
  Benefitfocus.com
"Dustin takes initiative when scheduling and prioritizing his work. For instance, I receive a weekly update identifying all items Dustin is currently working on or has in his pipeline. Each item has a priority. This makes it easy to coordinate his work with our scheduling process."

- Stephanie Hess | Product Manager
  Benefitfocus.com
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