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Summary
As a multi-disciplinary Interaction Designer, my scholastic research and professional focus is on creating systems and electronic interfaces that are both effective and efficient. I am particularly interested in improving users’ experiences through data-mining and context awareness. Having majored in Computer Science and Psychology, I bring a breadth of knowledge in people and technology as well as a passion for business, design, and innovation.

Key Strengths
      • Enthusiasm and passion for designing smart and creative solutions to complex problems
      • Skills to take designs from pie-in-the-sky ideas to a working proof of concept
      • Attention to detail and the desire to create rich user experiences
Employment
      Hewlett-Packard
      R&D Software Development (Photosmart) - Interaction Designer
San Diego, CA
11/2006 - Present
      • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams around the world to design HP’s Photosmart software
      • Use design skills to balance forces on projects created by business, marketing, and technical restraints

      Benefitfocus.com
      Product Management - Interaction Designer
Charleston, SC
08/2004 - 11/2006
      • Assess business requirements and develop software interface specifications
      • Design and prototype interfaces incorporating new features into the existing software architecture
      • Collaborate with engineers, business analyst, and customers to add new features and increase usability
      • Increase usability through testing, analyzing metrics, and incorporating preferred HCI/UCD methodologies

      MITRE
      Department of e-Services - UI Designer / Engineer
Bedford, MA
06/2003 - 08/2003
      • Developed case studies to obtain feedback on current and proposed meeting scenarios
      • Designed & Devloped ICE, a new ubiquitous meeting and collaboration system
      • Documented and prototyped interaction process for scheduling, prepping, and processing meetings
Education
      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      Masters Certificate - Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
Troy, NY
08/2005 - 12/2006

      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      B.S. - Computer Science and Psychology
      Minds & Machines Program
Troy, NY
08/2000 - 12/2003
Graduated Dec. '03
Personal Projects
      Volcanic Blog
      Dantoy Design Strategy
      Personal Zeitgeist
      Gravel
      Google Adsense
      CONTACT
Designed & developed an original and very efficient blogging tool
Conducted ethnographic research to identify potential new product solutions
Innovated on the visualization and utilization of web browser history
Designed an advanced RSS aggregator making use of social bookmarking
Evaluated and redesigned Google Adsense portal
Designed & developed a highly scalable contact management system
Skill Sets

Interaction Design

Studied, developed, and defined human-computer interaction (HCI) solutions using industry best- practices, theories, and tools throughout course work and professional experiences.
Usability Research & Discovery

Experience includes experimental methods and statistics, developing and conducting usability studies, interviews, questionnaire design, contextual inquiries, and ethnographic research.
Prototyping Tools, Programming, & Scripting

Paper & Pencil, Cardboard & Duct Tape, Cinderblocks & Plywood, White-boarding, Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Sketch-Up, AJAX, Action Script, Java Script, PHP, ASP, SQL, XML, HTML, DHTML, CSS, DOM, C++, Visual Basic…
Interest Areas

Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Data-mining, Visualization, Context Awareness, Ubiquitous Computing, Video Game Design, Reverse Engineering, Immersive Computing, Social Computing, Mobile Computing, Large Screen Displays, 3D Environments…