Storyteller • Engineer •

Designer • Adventurer

I am a user interaction designer with a background in sound and video production and education research. I'm passionate about informatics – and applying research to action. I am a rock climber and photographer, personally, and am dedicated to expanding my abilities and making myself uncomfortable. I surround myself with people who know more than I do and grow every day because of it.

I'm currently seeking a UX research and interaction design position.

See examples of my recent work.


About me

As a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Information who specialized in human computer interaction, I've focused my love of learning in a deliberate, goal-oriented manner.

Early in life, physics inspired me most. Coming to understand systems and relationships in nature drew the focus of my undergraduate education to engineering. I first encountered user-centered design in this context - sound engineering – where I tackled the design challenge of optimizing recordings for varied listening situations using my understanding of acoustics and production techniques.

This background and my work developing online courses for mathematics education research projects guided me to pivot my career focus to user experience. Building for users' needs is a nuanced process – and the aspect of innovation most directly correlated to a project's success.

Portfolio

Mira

Magic Mira

Smart mirror interactive prototype

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606vis

A LIFE IN LIGHT

Weighted visualization of one week using panorama photos

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Metropolis

Metropolis

City building game to encourage fitness

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Membox

Memory Museum

Interactive, audible, RFID keepsake box

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Visual Design

Visual Design

Selected graphic design work

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Detroit

Demolition Data

Data visuzalization with ArcGIS and Tableau

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NYTREK

Innovation Trek

Beautiful hearing aids, startup incubator

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Pardner

Pardner App

Partner-sport focused gym-buddy finder

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Math Lab

Math Lab

High quality recording for high profile event

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AWARE

AWARE @HOME

Home electricity monitoring interface design

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Apple Music

Apple Music

Conjoint analysis user research for music servce

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Education

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF INFORMATION »

Master of Science in Information, April 2017
Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction »

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING »

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, magna cum laude, May 2006
Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, May 2006


Work Experience

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION »

Research Technician Intermediate, August 2010 - Present

  • Lead a three month usability study (survey design, usability testing, heuristic evaluation, interviews) for a video player based course (HTML5, XML, JavaScript) for mathematics educators
  • Designed and maintained websites and media-rich SCORM-compliant Moodle and Blackboard courses using Bootstrap, HTML5/CSS3, JavaScript, and Kaltura Management Console
  • As a camera operator for high production value live events, managed rapid editing, compression and distribution for DVCPRO-HD and AVCHD recordings, working with a team to arrange SDI live streaming
  • Scripted conversion of HTML courses to XML using Python3 (RegEx, ElementTree, BeautifulSoup, JSON)
  • Archived student data sets [approx. 10,000 files], video, audio, document and metadata

Gale: Cengage Learning »

USER EXPERIENCE INTERN, May 2016 - Dec 2016

  • Collaborated with a senior user researcher for National Geographic Learning K-12 products to analyze interview data and use findings to contribute to designers’ Balsamiq and Invision prototypes
  • Worked with a team of UX professionals to collectively develop user personas and storyboards, analyze survey data and customer experience analytics using Tableau, and perform heuristic evaluation
  • With Reveal.js, created a demo of an interactive, graphical eBook interface for script-converted PDFs
  • Created low-fi prototypes for a new onboarding process for MindTap Instructor Resource Center courses using Illustrator, Photoshop and Sketch [system will be implemented in the next year]

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION »

Desktop Support Specialist Associate, January 2007 - August 2010

  • Designed processes for temp staff to digitize hundreds of multimedia artifacts
  • Built and designed websites and forms with MySQL integration
  • Managed 25 computer stations and two servers with file sharing, streaming, wiki, and web services

Awards


SERVICE & EXTRACURRICULARS

The Designers of Interactive, Intelligent, Internet of Things (DoIIIT) », January 2017 - Present

Creator-member of a student-run research collective and design studio that pushes design past traditional mobile and desktop applications and fosters connections with international makerspaces

Data Refuge », January 2017 - Present

Organizer, volunteer coordinator, and coder for local branch of national organization devoted to the preservation of government-funded research data

Social Impact Challenge », January 2016 - March 2016

With a four-person interdisciplinary team, partnered with local stakeholders to develop a proposal for community land use on the original site of Tiger Stadium

New York Innovation Trek, Entrepreneurship Program », Fall 2015

Created a design idea to pitch to New York City startups through fast-paced 5 week program


SKILLS

RESEARCH METHODS

  • Usability testing
  • Data visualization
  • User enactments
  • Heuristic evaluation
  • Interviews
  • Survey design
  • Contextual inquiry

DESIGN METHODS

  • Interactive prototypes
  • Storytelling
  • Visual design
  • Physical prototypes (laser cutting, circuits, 3D printing)
  • Responsive web design

DIGITAL MEDIA

  • Sound engineering
  • Video production
  • Video compression and streaming
  • Final Cut Suite
  • ProTools
  • RX4
  • Kaltura

DEVELOPMENT

  • HTML/CSS
  • Python
  • Learning management systems
  • Google Analytics
  • Arduino
  • JavaScript (learning)
  • Django (learning)
  • D3 (learning)

TOOLS

  • Sketch/Invision
  • Balsamiq
  • Principle
  • Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • R Studio
  • SPSS
  • Tableau