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Reneé Seward is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, where she has been teaching typography, exhibition design, and graphic design since 2009. Her research focuses on the development of digital and physical tools addressing literacy problems in our society.
In addition to teaching, Reneé Seward founded See Word Design, a company that designs and produces digital tools to help people achieve reading literacy. Her most recent creation, See Words: Anywhere, is a learn-to-read Google Chrome extension. Reneé Seward is a Cincy Innovates winner and a ComSpark Rising Tech star. She and her company were recently awarded the Business Courier's Best Software of the Year and the University of Cincinnati’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, and were featured in Forbes magazine. Additionally, Reneé Seward and research team member Dr. Beth O’brien received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Institute of Education for testing the See Words tool on bi-lingual children. Reneé Seward and a collaborative research team are also developing a tool to help correct childhood speech problems with a $3 million grant from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.