Design and UX Researcher

Ithaca, New York Area

From years of working with engineers, I can safely say that I am a very atypical engineer. My education began with a difficult choice between art and engineering school, of which you can likely guess the outcome. Through experience and coursework, I have pursued my seemingly disparate passions for design thinking and scientific research, usability and biochemistry, aesthetics and engineering, and an overall ability to turn creative ideas into successful products and experiences.

During graduate school, I discovered a love for user experience and user-centered design. As part of my research, I used design thinking to lead a team of fellow research engineers in designing and building an optical reader and corresponding app for imaging lateral flow assays, which was verified through usability testing.

Currently, I am exploring information visualization and and design in a mobile health context with the Interaction Design Lab and investigating emotion mediation in AI-assisted communication with the Robots in Groups Lab.

Through various jobs and hobbies, I have additional experience in software engineering, teaching, web design, graphic design, writing, and photography. In my spare time, you'll probably find me hiking or cooking (my vegetarian recipe blog can be found here).