senior leader.

guiding organizations. driving design.

how i got here.

1992

Attended Spanish

Immersion School

2006

Pursued engineering at the

University of Minnesota

2009

Co-founded student group

to build wind turbines

Co-founded my first

start-up in India

2011

Pivoted to design school and took first IDEO-taught class

First design concept

considered patentable by P&G

myWater concept highlighted in FastCompany

2013

Featured in a USA

Network commercial

Led first co-innovation workshop with executives

Product launch led to

+18M Twitter impressions 

2017

Taught first studio design course to undergraduates

i am a designer at the intersection of human needs and technological capabilities.

ABILITIES

PROJECT LEADERSHIP ON CLIENT PROGRAMS

I lead major design projects, managing design resources and coaching clients through the design process from initial strategy and scoping to final implementation.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP

I have experience driving hiring and new talent development while providing mentorship to junior team members and running programs to build high-performance design teams.

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN

I leverage my human-centered design mindset and its methods and tools to re-frame problems, imagine new possibilities, and rally stakeholders. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

SAP DESIGN

Senior Design Lead | 2013 - Present

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Adjunct Professor | 2017 - Present

TBD INNOVATION

Design Strategy Freelance | Fall 2013

ORACLE HEALTH SCIENCES

Interaction Design Strategist | 2013

INTEL CORPORATION

Design Instructor | Summer 2012

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR 

Engineering Technician | 2009

U OF MINNESOTA GENETICS DEPT.

Plant Genetics Researcher | 2006 - 2011

HONORS & AWARDS

IDEA AWARD

Design Strategy // 2017

CORE 77 AWARD

Strategy & Research, Service Design // 2017

JAMES DYSON AWARD NATIONAL WINNER

James Dyson Foundation // 2013

FEATURED IN USA NETWORK COMMERCIAL

Character With A Cause Initiative // 2013

KELLOGG INNOVATION NETWORK GLOBAL PRIZE

Kellogg School of Management // 2012

DYSON SCHOLAR

James Dyson Foundation // 2012

ACARA VENTURE COMPETITION WINNER

Acara Institute // 2010

* My work has been featured in FastCompany, Mashable, PSFK, Chicago Sun Times and Motherboard

EDUCATION

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

M.S. Engineering Design & Innovation

Segal Design Institute // Evanston // 2012

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

B.S. Civil Engineering

College of Science and Engineering // Minneapolis // 2011

some of the clients I've loved working with.

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** No stock photography. All of the photos you see are originals. Major credit to Matthew Glibbery for some amazing captures of me over the years while in SF.