I'm a designer at NASA Ames Research Center working on software that supports the International Space Station and future human spaceflight missions There's a new space car and a really big rocket that might take people to Mars one day. .
I used to work at Underwriters Laboratories They make sure your laptop doesn't catch fire. on safety certification software. Before that I was at Fino Consulting designing iPad apps that helped businesses save money on energy.
I grew up outside Chicago and studied sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where my focus was on accessibility, digital inequality, and the social impact of technology. I also led a program that tutored older adults in basic computer skills. At Carnegie Mellon University, I studied human-computer interaction and worked on a tablet app for the engineers at Eaton Corporation They make giant circuit breakers that live underneath big buildings like sports stadiums. .
Civic engagement is important to me. I contribute my design skills to Ragtag, an organization of technologists helping first-time candidates, and I regularly volunteer as a election officer in Santa Clara County.