My education has provided a stellar foundation for my work. I’ve studied Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design under some amazing teachers, to whom I am utterly grateful.
August 2004 – May 2006
September 2000 – June 2004
August 2006 – October 2006
I have worked with fantastic coworkers at a variety of jobs. I’ve been an Interaction Designer, Teacher, and for a while there I was a ropes course and team building facilitator. The general theme at all of my jobs has been a love of working with all kinds of people to create life-changing experiences.
August 2006 – Current
- Facilitate project inception processes to gather initial requirements & design software that is ready to be built
- Collaborate and facilitate design efforts on development teams of varying size (4 to 40 people) in various industries
- Define methods of User-Centered Design for the Agile Development context
- Led the internal Global User-Centered Design Community
May – July 2005
- Conducted exploratory research considering the application of Instant Messaging capabilities to online tax software
- Created and implemented an internal software package to aid team communication
- Developed a promotional video for the Intuit Internship Program
September 2003 – May 2006
- Instructed students in lecture-style classes and one-on-one setting in HCI undergraduate survey courses covering User-Centered Design and Usability
- Assisted Professors with long-term course strategy as well as planning weekly lectures and assignments
June – September 2003
- Researched and created technical documents for new Lineman Training Course.
- Implemented and wrote technical instructions for Scantron enabled testing
April 2003 – March 2004
- Studied the use of digital photos and designed a Software User Interface based on ethnographic data and the Contextual Design process
- Participated in meetings, interviewed users, and designed implement layout
Summers from 1998 to 2002
- Facilitated team-building exercises with youth and adults through the use of low element and high element activities
- Trained and managed staff in the set-up & maintainance of a high element wilderness ropes course
One of my passions is speaking to groups of people about things that I care about. This generally means speaking at conferences (unless an audience is willing to listen to me on my soapbox).
- Presentation and paper titled Are You Sure, Really? A Contextual Approach to Agile User Research
- Session titled, “A Contextual Design Approach to Agile Software Development”
Courses & Skills
My skills are varied, from highly practical experience with software development techniques, languages, and platforms to highly philosophical (and surprisingly practical) topics in the Cognitive Sciences.
- HCI/Design Theory: General HCI History, Ethnography, Ergonomics
- HCI/Design Practice: Contextual Design (and other observation methods), Prototyping, Usability Testing, Cognitive Engineering, Multimedia Design
- Databases: SQL, MySQL
I am a founder and member of many professional and academic groups. Helping to build and participating in these groups has introduced me to many peers in my fields of interest.
Interaction Design Association (June 2005 – Current)
Agile Alliance (August 2008 – Current)
Co-Founder (November 2004 – Current), Iota Nu Phi National Informatics Honors Society
Co-Founder (January 2004 – Current), Design Club, Indiana University
Informatics Department Representative (September 2004 – Current), Indiana University Graduate & Professional Student Organization (GPSO)
Board Member (September 2004 – Current), Indiana University Department of Informatics Graduate in Informatics Student Association (GISA)
Student Member (September 2004 – Current), Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIG CHI)
Member (January – June 2004), San Diego Computer-Human Interaction Group (SandCHI)