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M.S., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, DESIGN | UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, BOULDER
Graduate Design Program - Design Center Colorado
Keplinger Research Group
B.E., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING | VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Varsity Track & Field and Cross-Country Teams
S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology of Robots in Medicine) Lab
USER EXPERIENCE STRATEGIST | FINISH LINE
Building holistic UX strategies to inform cross-functional roadmaps. Developing strategic recommendations for crafting meaningful experiences on website, app, and in-store technology through planning and execution of UX research.
Managing and coordinating research (usability testing, in-context interviews, prototyping, A/B testing, other)
Planning and executing cross-functional experience design workshops to move ideas and concepts from early-stage thinking to actionable strategies and product plans. Collaborating with product team, developers, digital operations, design, store operations, and other groups.
Identifying opportunities to hone the collection and synthesis of qualitative and quantitative data in order to improve understanding of the user experience across physical and digital interactions with the company.
MAR 2020 - PRESENT
USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCHER | FINISH LINE
Managed research and testing initiatives to gain in-depth understanding of users and develop strategies for building meaningful experiences on websites, mobile apps, and in-store technology. Crafting research roadmaps aligned with the product team and conducted research utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Led end-to-end research and testing for new omnichannel app feature to be implemented in flagship store opening 2020. Conducted competitive analysis and observational research, created initial concepts, user flows, wireframes, and prototypes, and managed user testing.
Managed the product side of pilot A/B testing initiative with Nike i3 and Accenture.
DEC 2018 - FEB 2020
DIGITAL EXPERIENCE INTERN | FINISH LINE
Identified opportunities, developed concepts, and defined improvements for digital products, as well as the digital product team’s processes, based on user research and testing findings.
Developed a research and testing strategy for the digital product team. Analyzed current team processes and tools and conducted qualitative and quantitative research to recommend and implement improvements and fresh approaches to the team’s design strategy and workflow.
- Co-planned customer journey-mapping workshop for in-store experience that resulted in identification of opportunities and challenges that guided the Experience team’s project roadmap for FY2020.
MAY - DEC 2018
INNOVATION RESEARCH ANALYST | POTINTIA
Researched methods and strategies for corporate innovation to identify best practices and create user-friendly resources to help companies bridge gaps in creative development.
Conducted qualitative and quantitative research and data collection, analyzed and synthesized results, and communicated findings through both technical and informal writing and visual aids.
JULY 2017 - APRIL 2018
DESIGN ENGINEER | CU BOULDER & MEDTRONIC SURGICAL INNOVATIONS
Developed an ergonomic surgical device with an intuitive surgeon-to-tool interface and a novel mechanical design to improve the user experience for surgeons and simplify the current procedure to enable a quicker, less painful recovery for patients.
As a member of a four-person team, observed the surgical setting and explored current solutions, generated concepts, sketches, and low-fidelity 3-D models, designed an experimental set-up, iteratively prototyped and tested functional designs, and conducted trials.
Final deliverable was manufacture and assembly of a final prototype and presentation to stakeholders with various backgrounds and technical knowledge. Patent pending.
AUG 2016 - MAY 2017
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT | KEPLINGER RESEARCH GROUP
Explored the design and fabrication of soft machines (moving systems constructed of highly compliant materials) for high-energy density artificial muscles, energy generation, and precision sensing
Designed and built hardware set-up and software program for a self-sensing system for artificial muscles and used data from system to inform new designs for the muscles.
Co-authored paper published in Science in January 2018 (Vol. 359, Issue 6371).
AUG 2015 - MAY 2017
INNOVATION CENTER INTERN / RISE PRO SCHOLAR | BÜRKERT GLOBAL, GERMANY
Awarded a professional fellowship by the DAAD (German Exchange) to join a design project at Bürkert Global Innovation Center in Karlsruhe, Germany to promote intercultural understanding and the exchange of engineering ideas and methods
Redesigned and enhanced an experimental set-up for the characterization of a soft actuator, performed trials, acquired and analyzed data, developed a flexible software program for analysis of current and future tests
MAY 2016 - AUG 2016
PRODUCT DESIGN RESEARCH FELLOW | VANDERBILT INSTITUTE FOR SURGERY AND ENGINEERING
Awarded a fellowship to work on a design team to develop novel surgical devices for minimally funded or remote surgical settings.
Design process included in-context observations and interviews with surgeons, rapid prototyping, testing, design of experiments, and manufacture of final minimum viable product.
MAY 2014 - AUG 2014
○ human-centered design ○ design workshop planning and facilitation
○ qualitative and quantitative user research ○ rapid prototyping ○ user interviews and insights
○ project management ○ journey-mapping and story-finding ○ design of experiments
○ technical writing ○ data analysis ○ creative writing ○ Sketch ○ InDesign ○ Jira ○ Solidworks
○ mechanical design ○ Matlab ○ Microsoft Office ○ drawing and sketching
LEADERSHIP AND INTERESTS
ASSISTANT TRACK & FIELD, CROSS-COUNTRY COACH | FAIRVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Assist with facilitating practices and meets, developing workouts, and mentoring high school track and field and cross-country athletes
DEC 2016 - PRESENT
DI TRACK & FIELD, CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM | VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
Elected team captain for 2014-2015 seasons
2014 NCAA Cross-Country South Region Team Champion
NCAA Cross-Country All-South Region Individual 2013, 2014
SEC Academic Honor Roll
AUG 2011 - MAY 2015