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I once solved problems for machines, but now I solve problems for people. I love how design work is messy and unpredictable, and uncovering how people think is my favorite part.
From engineering to becoming a student at MassArt, my journey into design has been a fun ride. Continue on to read my story!
I love hiking with my dog and using paper maps.
I began my career as a mechanical engineer, but a couple years down the road I felt the passion fade.
I wanted to keep this passion alive, so I volunteered for a non-profit, Challenge America, in one of their Make-a-Thon design challenges. The goal was to solve a problem for a disabled veteran.
One of the speakers at Challenge America gave a talk on the importance of having empathy when designing with our veteran. These skills such as empathy and facilitating interviews were something I never practiced as an engineer, and it was thrilling to be able to use these skills that were more in line with my strengths. The experience inspired me to begin a year long journey of new career exploration. Ultimately I figured out that I love solving problems for people, rather than for machines.
I ended up at MassArt pursuing a Masters in Design Innovation. The program teaches design and how the field intersects with business to create innovative products and services.
Today, I love sharing my career journey in the hopes that it helps others. I design and facilitate workshops for high schoolers that help them reflect on their career path choices. I've also spoken at the 2021 UXPA Fair, and co-presented the opening talk at the 2021 UXPA Conference.
I am almost done with grad school and look forward to learning and growing as a design strategist.