guiding organizations. driving design.
how i got here.
Pursued engineering at the
University of Minnesota
Co-founded student group
to build wind turbines
Co-founded my first
start-up in India
Pivoted to design school and took first IDEO-taught class
First design concept
considered patentable by P&G
myWater concept highlighted in FastCompany
Featured in a USA
Led first co-innovation workshop with executives
Product launch led to
+18M Twitter impressions
Taught first studio design course to undergraduates
i am a designer at the intersection of human needs and technological capabilities.
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.
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.
I leverage my human-centered design mindset and its methods and tools to re-frame problems, imagine new possibilities, and rally stakeholders.
Senior Design Lead | 2013 - Present
Adjunct Professor | 2017 - Present
Design Strategy Freelance | Fall 2013
ORACLE HEALTH SCIENCES
Interaction Design Strategist | 2013
Design Instructor | Summer 2012
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Engineering Technician | 2009
U OF MINNESOTA GENETICS DEPT.
Plant Genetics Researcher | 2006 - 2011
HONORS & AWARDS
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
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
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.
** 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.