I'm a Computer Science Ph.D. student at the University of Memphis.

I work in the Human-SE Lab with Scott Fleming, researching software engineering and human-computer interaction.



The Patchworks Code Editor: Toward Faster Navigation with Less Code Arranging and Fewer Navigation Mistakes
Austin Z. Henley and Scott D. Fleming
CHI '14: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, Canada, April 2014

Research Projects

Information Foraging in Software Engineering

Information foraging theory is based on biological theories that have been applied to how humans seek information. We aim to apply these models to software development tools.


Programmers spend a lot of time navigating large sets of code. We developed a new code editor that allows you to easily juxtapose code fragments on a never-ending ribbon. A user study and a simulated study have shown that Patchworks improves navigation.

Flash Games

From 2009 to 2011, I developed 8 Flash games. Cumulatively, these games have been played over 15 million times and spread to over 1000 websites. Most of these games were created in less than 72 hours during "game jams."

All of them can be found at

Run Forever

Ermy and the Frozen World

Ethereal Celenite

Moon Bot

Chaos Star


Tunnel Syndrome

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