I am a designer who explores the interaction of the built world, culture and the human experience. The act of making is my way of exploring the world around me, questioning, tinkering and changing it bit by bit.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon I started a company with my friend Jonathan Ota to develop and build Project Aura. We are currently on hiatus while we look for funding and the meaning of life, if you have insight on either please let us know. Since then I have been freelancing, making art, teaching and generally enjoying my short time on this big rock. I currently work as an experience designer at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
Experience designer - The Franklin Institute
April 2016 - Present // Philadelphia PA
As an experience designer at the Franklin Institute I conceptualize and prototype interactive experiences that inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.
Adjunct Professor - Carnegie Mellon School of Design
August 2015 - May 2016 // Pittsburgh, PA
In the fall of 2015 I taught an undergraduate senior level studio course called Play Lab. The class focused on agile prototyping in new and novel environments, as well as speculative design and design fiction. In the spring of 2016 I taught an independent study studio about biodesign as part of the Biodesign Challenge.
January 2015 - Present
Clients include Deeplocal, MET Laboratories, Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Tech University. Projects are confidential, references available upon request.
Artist in Residence - Mattress Factory
February 2015 - May 2015 // Pittsburgh PA
Designed and fabricated the exhibit "Living Things" in collaboration with Jacob Douenias, which consists of three vignettes of a home environment that actively cultivate spirulina algae. It explores a near future where humans live symbiotically with these beneficial microorganisms.
Fortnight Intern - IDEO
December 2015 // Chicago IL
I was invited to come to IDEO's Chicago office for a two week residency internship called Fortnight. I was given free reign to research or design anything for those two weeks, utilizing the resources at IDEO.
Teacher - Carnegie Mellon Pre College Program
Summer 2012 - Summer 2015 // Pittsburgh PA
I teach high school students enrolled in the arts pre-college program about industrial design. I designed the course and take them through a history of design, skill building workshops and a holistic final design project.
Co-founder, Designer and Manager - Project Aura LLC
January 2011 - January 2015 // Pittsburgh PA
Co-founder of a hardware startup designing and developing a bicycle lighting system. It illuminates the wheels of your bicycle, increases your visual presence on the roadway and better communicates to drivers your presence and behavior.
3D Lab Monitor - Carnegie Mellon University
September 2012 - May 2013 // Pittsburgh PA
Shop monitor for the School of Design 3D shop. It was my job to organize the shop and maintain the equipment, and make sure students left the shop with the same number of fingers they brought - 100% success rate.
Teaching Assistant - Carnegie Mellon University
January 2013 - May 2013 // Pittsburgh PA
I TA'd the course Experimental Form for professor Mark Baskinger. I assisted with in class workshops and evaluations and met with students outside of class to critique and help them with their self guided projects.
Industrial Design Intern - ECCO Design
June 2011 - August 2011 // New York NY
As an intern at ECCO design I assisted in all stages of product development such as ideation, sketching, and physical and digital prototyping.
Industrial Design Intern - Direct Dimensions
June 2010 - August 2010 // Baltimore MD
Worked with a team developing a full color 3d facial scanning platform. I worked on a number of features, but my main role was the development of the lighting configuration for the cameras.
Carnegie Mellon University
BFA Industrial Design - 2013
University Honors // Dean's List 2011, 2012, 2013
Eindhoven University of Technology
Participated in the panel 'Cult Of Bike'
Alva Fellowship // 99u, GE and Adobe - 2013
15k grant to an innovator under 30 - Project Aura
Business Bout // Thrill Mill accelerator - 2013
25k entrepreneurship grant - Project Aura
IDSA Student Merit Award // 2013
Presented my work at the regional conference in Cleveland
Core77 Design award // Transportation category -2011
Recognition of Project Aura
SURG Grant - Carnegie Mellon University - 2011 & 2012
Research grant to develop Project Aura