Resume

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Experience

Summer 2018 - Winter 2020
Durango, CO

EmberLast Inc.
Founder & Co-CEO

— Founded company to use digital tools in aiding with bereavement and legacy creation
— Led development and programmed MVP aimed at confirming the market and potential business validity, managing a team of 3-4 contractors
— Constructed and implemented market research campaign with over 200+ participants with engagement ranging from 1hr clinical interviews to 5min surveys
— Driven by research findings, formulated key interaction mechanics to encourage users to show their sympathy through actions

Winter 2016 - Summer 2018
Durango, CO

Feynman Academy
Co-founder & Interaction Designer

— Prototyped educational experiences focusing on online college-level STEM learning resources using text, video and interactive elements
— Designed and programmed HTML/JS interactives to complement our text and video based calculus course
— Validated effectiveness via remote user testing using in-depth, long form, clinical interviews

Fall 2017 - Summer 2018
Durango, CO

Ventana Cards
Co-founder & Lead Designer

— Generated new forms of interactions/communications with greeting cards and physical print
— Created prototype cards and writing copies for proof-of-concept user testing
— Developed tools and templates to facilitate faster prototyping and printing

Winter 2015 - Fall 2016
Palo Alto, CA

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Research Engineer

— Authored patent #10140749 for complex system data visualization
— Explored applications of video game mechanics and technologies to the enterprise experience
— Developed new system visualization tool using 3D environments to provide a cohesive visual experience while maintaining enterprise level functionality
— Ideated and prototyped futuristic user interfaces for marketing and technical applications, merged classical HTML interfaces with virtual environments using Unity 3D
— Pitched demos and proof of concepts to internal business units and key stakeholders

Fall 2013 – Winter 2015
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University
Research Assistant

— Programming an educational multitouch tabletop game for Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium
— Constructing a Tangible User Interface to accompany a Scratch like programming game
— Researching physical and digital educational games targeting sustainable lifestyles
— Developing a Django based website on Amazon Web Services

Winter 2012 – Fall 2013
San Francisco, CA

Independent Contractor
Designer

— Designed and managed fabrication of custom test fixture for electro-mechanical device
— Prototyped a Near-Field-Communication system for use in an interactive game-lounge
— Consulted on the design of a user interface development for an electric bicycle

Summer 2010 – Winter 2012
Berkeley, CA

Stupid Fun Club
Designer/Prototyper

— Brainstormed and conceptualized hundreds of toy products
— Prototyped selected concepts and pitched these products to major toy companies
— Designed optics for Ant Farm Revolution prototype, currently available online and in stores
— Created virtual games and game mechanic demos for toys, iOS, PC and other platforms
— Developed Arduino based hardware technology for pilot TV show, currently in development

Winter, Spring, Summer 2009
Pittsburgh, PA

CMU Robotics Institute
Gamebot Project Team

— Developed with a research team a robot to play multiplayer games on a Microsoft Surface
— Designed fully actuated robot neck capable of executing human-like movements
— Worked with vendor engineers to procure essential components, provided drawings and instruction for outsourced machining

Summer 2007, Spring 2008
Pasadena, CA

Energy Innovations
Systems Engineer

— Outlined quality control tests for optical receivers
— Researched and designed methods for alternative thermal cooling in solar concentrators

Education

Fall 2013- Present
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University
PhD Student

— Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), HCI in Computer Science, Advisor: Dr. Michael Horn

Summer 2010
Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University
Graduated

— Masters in Entertainment Technology from the Entertainment Technology Center

Summer 2008
Pasadena, CA

California Institute of Technology
Graduated

— B.S. Mechanical Engineering (personal focus in robotics)

Designer/Engineer

Product Research & Design

Interviews • Usability Tests • Surveys • Storyboards • Personas • Wireframes • Paper Prototypes • Clickable Prototypes

Programming Languages

Javascript • HTML/CSS • C# • Python • Google Dart • C/C++ • Arduino/Processing

Development Tools

Meteor • Node.js • Bootstrap • D3.js • Wordpress • AWS • Git

Digital Prototyping

Unity3D • Solidworks • Adobe Illustrator • InDesign • Photoshop • 3D Studio Max

Other Software/Packages:

Mathmatica • Matlab • Microsoft Office

Physical Prototyping

3D Printing • Laser Cutting • Metal & Wood Machine Shop • CNC Tormach PCNC1100 • Arduino • RPi Beaglebone boards • Basic analog circuits