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AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Recognition for Community Service

University of Washington, Seattle, WA | Awarded June 2017

Awarded by the HCDE department for leading design thinking workshops in the Makah Nation as a founding member of the HCDE Alternative Spring Break program

Capstone Award for Excellence in Design

University of Washington, Seattle WA | Awarded June 2017

Received the HCDE Capstone design award for Delphi Social Clubs website, which focused on fulfilling the social needs of autism and autism adjacent young adults

Competed for award with Undergraduate and Master’s Capstone students at the HCDE Capstone Showcase 

Dean’s List

University of Washington, Seattle, WA | 2015 - 2017                                                  

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL | Sept 2017 - Dec 2018

Master of Science in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI)

University of Washington

Seattle, WA | Aug 2013 - June 2017 

Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE)

Minor in Education, Learning, and Society

Activities: UW Society of Women Engineers (2015-2017), Pipeline (2014 - 2017), Dream Project (2015), University of Washington Rowing (2013-2014)

Washington State Dept. of Health Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Kamanga CNA School, Des Moines, WA | 2013 - 2017


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Published Conference Procceedings

Banerjee, R., Liu, L., Sobel, K., Pitt, C., Lee, K.J., Wang, M., Chen, S., Davison, L., Yip, J., Ko, A., & Popovič, Z. (accepted). Empowering families facing English literacy challenges to jointly engage in computer programming. In Proceedings of SIGCHI Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018). New York, NY: ACM.
[h5-index – 85, Acceptance rate – 25%]

Participatory Design with Children and Researchers

Information School, UW | Summer 2016 – Summer 2017

Interacted as an adult design partner with children in co-design through UW Kid’s Team

Worked with different academic researchers and industry representatives on multiple projects involving children and design

University of Washington Ghana Research Exploration

Information School, UW, Ghana, Africa | Summer 2016

Conducted interviews and collected field observations regarding information about the communication of children’s malaria health care using technology

Traveled throughout urban and rural areas within Ghana while conducting research

Explored and celebrated the different Ghanaian cultures, languages, and communities

WORK EXPERIENCE

Information Technology Intern

Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK  | Summer 2015

Created high fidelity mockups and conducted user testing for the implementation of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival mobile application

Launched and promoted the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival mobile application

Discussed the implementation and design of a new data center utilizing immersive technology and geothermal cooling

Potawatomi Leadership Program Graduate

Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, OK  | Summer 2014

Learned about the government, culture, and economic development of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Developed leadership skills in a professional setting

Conducted interviews, sketched , created low fidelity mockups, and conducted paper prototype testing while creating the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Festival mobile app

Certified Washington State Referee

Washington State Referee Association | Jan 2009 – Dec 2014

Member of United States Soccer Federation as a Washington State Certified Referee


VOLUNTEER WORK

 

“Telling Our Stories” Mentor

Pipeline Project, University of Washington | 2015 - 2016

Mentored fifth graders in the Makah Nation, empowering them to effectively implement technology so that they could share and explain their stories, cultures, and ideas

Constantly communicated with these fifth graders throughout the year, in addition to leading workshops for a week within the Makah Nation on two different occasions

Dream Project Mentor

University of Washington | 2015 - 2016

Traveled weekly to help high school students with post high school plans such as college applications, financial aid, and scholarships

Received training to help students be successful in the college enrollment process and accurately complete federal aid forms

Pipeline Mentor

University of Washington | March 2014 - June 2014

Mentored middle school students at a break dancing studio by facilitating tutoring, dancing, and social justice based activities

Hospital Volunteer

Good Samaritan Hospital Children's Therapy Unit |    2009 - 2013

Volunteered every Tuesday working with children with disabilities

Job shadowed occupational and speech therapists

Contributed to the organization of the feeding therapy group by preparing the setting of each session and recording patient’s behaviors

Segal Professional Bridge Industry Relations Coordinator

Northwestern University | 2017 - Present

Facilitate career-growth opportunities for Northwestern students by organizing and hosting events such as industry site visits, speaker events and design workshops, as well as by providing students with exposure to design-related internships and careers.

Alternative Spring Break Mentor

HCDE & Pipeline Project, UW | Winter 2017

Worked as a community liaison to help establish a relationship between the HCDE department and the Makah Nation in Neah Bay, WA

Led a week-long design-thinking workshop for Neah Bay middle school students

Focused on introducing middle school students to a human centered design approach with the goal of increasing student’s interest in engineering

Engineering Discovery Days Volunteer

University of Washington | Spring 2017

Led design thinking and app creation exercises for K-12 students through implementing sketching activities and utilizing the Marvel prototyping tool

Time to Invent Mentor

Society of Women Engineers, UW | 2015 - 2017

Focused on encouraging young girls to pursue STEM careers through implementing monthly STEM activities after school with the goal of increasing diversity in STEM fields