CV

Experience

UX Architect
Contrast Security | Feb 2019 - Present
Conducted qualitative and quantitative design research to define clear problem statements, collaborate with team members to design sensible workflows and build prototypes to validate them, and work with engineers solidify associated business requirements.

Director of Research & Experience Design
Andculture | Aug 2015 - Feb 2019
Oversaw the RXD team, their development and their output. Developed a set of RXD-lead services including design research, strategic design, systems and processes audits, and design workshops. Evangelized team and company work as well as continued acting as an individual contributor.

Senior Experience Designer & Strategist
Andculture | Oct 2012 - Aug 2015
Lead multi-disciplinary teams through the design and implementation of research plans, development of evidence-based insights, envisioning of overarching strategies for client issues, and defining product requirements. Continued acting as product manager when applicable.

Design Consultant
GoodCompany Ventures | May 2012 - Aug 2012
Collaborated with business consultants to hone the business plan and investor pitch for three, early stage, social-oriented startups.

Co-Founder
The Business/Design Quad | Aug 2011 – Aug 2012
Advocated for a deeper understanding of the significance of business and design within practitioners of those roles through writing and the arrangement and hosting of events.

Corzo Fellow
Artists & Instigators | May 2011 – Aug 2011
Collaborated with the General Partners to develop business strategies.

Lead Designer
DominicP | Nov 2008 - Aug 2010
Designed graphic identity systems and websites, primarily using the Wordpress CMS.

Design Intern
Studio 318 | Jan 2010 - May 2010
Collaborated with Creative Director to design logos, flyers, and advertisements for a variety of clients.

Volunteer
United States Peace Corps | Oct 2006 - Oct 2010
Wrote a Chitumbuka language reference manual for volunteers. Also worked with local craftsmen to create a modular cargo system to increase load capacity of their bicycles which were their primary means of transportation.


Teaching

Guest Speaker
MIS Dept., Fox School of Business, Temple | Oct 2017 - Jul 2019
Managed a team of two other Research and Experience Designers and an intern, supporting their professional growth and maturity. This included a private discussion of a skills self-assessment, done on a rubric I created for tracking growth in the role.

Lecturer
Art & Design Ed Dept., University of the Arts | Aug 2012 – May 2014
Taught two courses at the graduate level, Educational Media A and B, regarding the use of technology and the capabilities it affords in the classroom.

Teacher
United States Peace Corps | Oct 2006 - Oct 2010
Taught Math for all grade levels and Physical Science for freshman. Additionally I Initiated a self-sustainable weekly math club; Created and lead four hour experiment-based workshops for students and teachers to promote interest in Math and Science.

Teaching Assistant
University of the Arts | Aug 2012 – May 2014
Taught two courses at the graduate level, Educational Media A and B, regarding the use of technology and the capabilities it affords in the classroom.


Community

Organizer
UX Anything | Jun 2019 – Current
A Meetup group for the Inland Empire region of Southern California dedicated to anything relating to the profession of User Experience.

Guest Speaker
EPIC SBDC | Sep 2018
Presented, as an industry expert, on the topics of design and business to local entrepreneurs.


Presentations

Goals Vs Reality (vs Reality)
PhillyCHI Show and Tell | Sep 2015
Discussed strategies for creating actionable information visualizations with real-time data based on experiences designing a tool for healthcare professionals to assess their staffing.

Education

Masters of Design
University of the Arts | 2012
Focus: Design Thinking

Bachelors of Science
Georgia Tech | 2006
Major: Aerospace Engineering


Skills

  • Design Strategy
  • Human Centered Design
  • Design Ethnography
  • UX Research
  • Experience Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Facilitation
  • Usaibility Testing
  • Product Management
  • Information Design
  • Teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Public Speaking
  • Usability Testing
  • Storytelling
  • Prototyping
  • Writing
  • Sales
  • Bicycle Mechanic
  • Chitumbuka Language