Software, App and Process Designs


Becky Torrisi
Sr. Programmer/Analyst |  MSC-WMI
btorrisi@wisc.edu | (608) 265-3032

Becky has worked for UW-Madison in a variety of positions for almost 20 years, the last half of which were in information system development. She takes the time to understand the viewer’s needs, and uses her distinctive ability to view information from the users’s perspective which results in system designs that are extremely easy to use and intuitive. She is recognized for her capacity to design systems that guide users through complex processes in an easy, step-by-step manner and received a Chancellor’s Best Practice Award for her work in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Public Health to achieve increased productivity.

Design examples Becky has worked on:

Re-package complex information into an easy-to-understand process flowchart

Students and advisor would spend valuable time trying to decipher which degree requirements had been met and which were still needed.

Becky and her colleagues found a way to present DARS data in a visual format that is instantly understandable. The system also provides students with the ability to plan out future semesters, based on unfilled requirements.

How this can help you:
• Make complex information easy to understand
• Combine multiple tasks into one system for efficient, clear workflow
• Comply with government regulations
• Provide user-specific interface with high security and redundant backup

Track, log and display information systematically and efficiently

Recording and accessing grant information can be difficult without a common data base. Finding the information you need to problem-solve can be even more challenging.

The College of Engineering’s Grant Management Search and Reporting System enables users to query data based on a variety of criteria and record a log of communications and activities associated with a grant. Users can then follow up on problems, and find solutions based on the queried results.

How this can help you:
• Track and log any interactions within your research group or project
• Repackage, track and log information for systematic follow-up
• Meet university security standards

Display statistical information by customized criteria

Students need to complete two initial test pieces in order to be allowed to use machine shop equipment. Shop staff wanted to use statistics on test piece failure rates to determine where problems existed in order to address those problems and allow more students to create acceptable test pieces the first time.

The College of Engineering’s Student Shop website records statistical information which can be used for reporting and creating data-driven decisions. Data can be filtered to determine learning issues. Statistics can be displayed in a table or in a graph format which helps shop managers see at a glance which groups of student shop users need additional help in order to pass the requirements for their test pieces.

How this can help you:
• Provide relational databases to be queried for any combination of stored information
• Store data to preserve a historical record
• View and interact with online data in various formats such as tables, graphs, or plots