Savvy, resourceful and detailed design/creative technologist focused on rapid prototyping and simulation to explore innovative user experiences and technologies, with a particular interest in physical device interfaces, smart environments and interactive installations.
An eager and active participant in all stages of a project cycle—from ideation and needs assessment to design and development. Applauded by former coworkers for positive, collaborative attitude and for adding smiles to the office space with corny jokes.
Skills + Tools
Working knowledge of: React JS, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, basic electronics.
Technical Consultant and Contractor(Various)Seattle, WANov 2015 to Present
Provide interactive development, prototyping, and/or technical guidance for various startups and large organizations including Microsoft, T-Mobile and The Audubon Society.
Senior Design Developer (Contract)Redmond, WAMar 2017 to Oct 2017
- Executed a major C# code refactor and UI redesign for a Microsoft Excel add-in utilized by STEM educators and hobbyists to display real-time data from Arduino-based microcontrollers in Excel. My effort yielded a more robust, reliable and intuitive experience than the existing prototype. Also supported, built and prototyped Arduino-based projects targeted toward middle school students.
Senior Design TechnologistSeattle, WAAug 2014 to Oct 2015
Spearheaded the design technology program for Amazon's innovative physical retail concept centered around a checkout-free shopping experience. Established rapid prototyping and “Wizard of Oz” environment simulation as invaluable mediums for design exploration and high fidelity testing of experiences that weren't yet technically possible. Collaborated regularly with VPs, researchers, engineers and other senior level members in influencing project direction.
★ Awarded an “Outstanding” performance review for my impacts, bestowed upon only the top 5% Design Technologists at Amazon.
Senior UX Prototyper (Contract)Redmond, WAOct 2013 to Jul 2014
Collaborated with UX and UI designers on design and implementation of visual and UI flow explorations for Microsoft's new fitness wearable. Developed rapid UX prototypes and a high fidelity, end-to-end prototype which was critical for formal usability testing and presentations to senior-leadership before the hardware was capable of displaying the UI.
Senior UX Prototyper (Contract)Microsoft Connected Car TeamBellevue, WASept 2012 to Oct 2013
Assisted UX and UI designers in brainstorming and rapidly prototyping design explorations and research hypotheses for next generation, in-car infotainment systems. Built out a high fidelity, custom driving simulator with system tools to aid prototypes in communicating with hardware controls (steering wheel buttons, touch screens, etc.) and simulator software statistics and data.
Interactive Developer & Technology LeadSeattle, WAJun 2010 to Aug 2012
I oversaw technical direction and development resources for building rich interactive exhibits and kiosks for clients like the EMP Museum (MoPOP), Vulcan, American Battle Monuments Commission, Milwaukee Art Museum and more. Responsibilities also included interfacing with clients and their technical staffs, designing and maintaining a kiosk development kit, and researching emerging technologies.
Lead API Designer (Contract)Nintendo of AmericaRedmond, WAMar 2009 to Dec 2009
Designed the official Flash-Lite API for content providers and partners (including the BBC) to build custom apps with video playback for the Nintendo Wii.
Flash Web DeveloperSeattle, WAMar 2006 to Oct 2007
Member of respected Flash development team with high object-oriented coding standards. Built and contributed to high-visibility websites and games for clients including Disney Channel, Nintendo, Nickelodeon and Starbucks.
Flash Interface Developer (Contract)Eastman KodakRochester, NYDec 2004 to Feb 2006
Member of an 8 person engineering team for the highly-anticipated Kodak EasyShare-One consumer digital camera with touchscreen Flash interface. Primary responsibilities included code and design optimization, localization management and brainstorming new interactions for upcoming UI releases.
Interactive Developer & DesignerBuck & PulleynPittsford, NYAug 2004 to Dec 2004
Responsible for the development and design of interactive campaigns within a regionally and nationally acclaimed advertising agency for clients including Kodak, Ithaca College and Corning Glass. Active participant in proposal writing, new business pitches, client meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Flash Media Producer/DeveloperElement KRochester, NYOct 2003 to Jul 2004
Assisted instructional designers in the creation of Flash animations, layouts and graphics for clients including Microsoft and Cisco. Developed custom Flash components with rich user interfaces, resulting in greatly increased efficiency in specific production processes.
Wilderness Ranger Intern + VolunteerMarblemount, WAJun–Sept 2016 / Jun–Sept 2017
Volunteer Wilderness Ranger & Mountain StewardUnited States Forest ServiceSkykomish, WA / Glacier, WAJun–Sept 2014 / Jun–Sept 2015
Volunteer Trail CrewWashington Trails Association(Various), WAJun 2015 to Sept 2015
B.S. in New Media: Interactive DevelopmentRochester, NYMay 2003