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Experience Studios Lead Project Owners

Sneha Mulki, Chorong Park, and Aiza Hasib are our TAs this semester. They will serve as Lead Project Owners.

Sneha, TA & Lead Project Owner

Sneha Mulki is a senior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. She has past experience interning at Lyft and Intuit as a Product Designer and has a passion to explore the emerging technology space. She strives to solve for human needs by creating meaningful human experiences. As an advocate for the user, empathy drives her design decisions throughout the Visit her UX Portfolio at

Chorong, TA & Lead Project Owner

Chorong Park is a first year master’s student at Purdue University pursuing M.S. in User Experience Design. Her previous degree is earned from University of Illinois in Graphic Design received Cum Laude. She received first place for several design exhibitions on campus. With over five years of experience in Graphic and Web design, she changed her career goal to become a UX designer. While working as a designer, she won the design competition of the annual meeting design theme for AIEC. She is proficient in using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge, Figma, Sketch, InVision, and other prototyping tools. She can be reached at

Aiza, TA & Lead Project Owner

Aiza Hasib is a second-year masters student in User Experience Design at Purdue with an undergraduate in Computer Science. She is an aspiring product manager and enjoys working at the intersection of design and technology, collaborating across teams to build and develop products end-to-end. She has recently been working as a product manager on driving the MVP release of a non-profit tutoring platform. Aiza strongly believes in mentorship and is currently a Global Lead for the Pakistani Women in Computing where she is developing and leading the ambassador program. You can learn more on her Portfolio: Email:

Project Owners

Ian Carr, Robin Arnold, Eleanor Hamilton, Tori Martin, Simmi Bansal, and Zoe Morken are the Fall 2020 Project Owners who will manage 2 teams this semester. Ian is working with Dolby Labs and Leadsigma. Robin is working with Cerner and innovatemap. Eleanor is working with Purdue Office of Engagement and UEG/Advent Health. Tori is working with HPE and All-star. Simmi is working with Microsoft and UEG/Foster. Zoe is working with Avanade and Affinity.

Ian, Project Owner

Ian Carr is a 2nd year Grad Student at Purdue University’s Computer Graphics Technology program, with a focus on UX Design. Before enrolling at Purdue, Ian gained 2 years of experience as a Computer Science student, transferring from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. For nearly four years, Ian worked at’s largest distribution facility as an associate trainer, where he trained thousands of new associates. Ian’s specialization is in User Research and UI/Visual Design. Ian is currently a research assistant at Design, Visualization, & Cognition Lab and Community-Computer Interaction Lab. Ian also works as a UX Consultant at His past experience includes Product Design and UX/UI roles at Disney Streaming Services and Redhorse Corporation. Ian is always looking for the next opportunity to make a creative difference. You may contact Ian at

Robin, Project Owner

Robin Arnold is a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design and minoring in Communication and Psychology. Throughout her education, she will work towards a specialization in project management and content strategy. Her goal is to find a career within project management, actively seeking new design opportunities within a world that is forever changing. She hopes to create seamless experiences with aesthetic user interfaces. Some of Robin’s key strengths include visual design, wireframing, organization, and collaborative leadership skills. For professional purposes, she may be contacted at

Eleanor, Project Owner

Eleanor Hamilton is currently a Senior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a double minor in Communications and Psychology. Eleanor strives to create delightful and meaningful experiences with users, and uses empathy to guide her decisions. She is always willing to expand her knowledge and loves a good challenge! Most recently, she interned at EAGLE6 Software. During her internship, she gained further experience with Figma, defended her design decisions in daily standups, and had the opportunity to conclude her internship with a solo project. One of Eleanor’s passions in life is music and she hopes to integrate this passion into her career. When she’s not designing, Eleanor can be found performing with the Purduettes, an all-women musical group that serves as Ambassadors for Purdue. As a leader of Brand Management for the group, she has utilized her design skills and creative side, running the Instagram page. She can be reached at

Tori, Project Owner

Tori Martin is a junior majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology at Purdue University. Incorporating her bright and enthusiastic personality, she strives to improve users’ experiences focusing on visual design and content strategy. She is bold in her design decisions but ensures to create with intentions in hopes to empower all stakeholders to have a place within the creative process. UX allows Tori to blend together her artistic mind with her technological skills. Currently, she is the Online Media Director for Kappa Alpha Theta, focusing on brand messaging and digital design. Tori also gained experience this past summer interning at a marketing agency where she found a greater connection between UX and marketing, that she hopes to keep pursuing. You can contact Tori at

Simmi, Project Owner

Simran is a User Experience Design major at Purdue University with a double minor in Psychology and Communication, graduating in December 2020. She has past internship experience at Salesforce, Apple, and IBM, and has had the opportunity to collaborate and be a UX co-lead with Stryker and Microsoft. She strives to simplify complex technologies and empower users to do more. Her curiosity drives her energy to craft beautiful experiences for users. Simran is a driven, creative, and detail-oriented designer with a love for problem solving. When not designing, you can find her actively involved in Delta Mu Kappa (a co-ed entrepreneurship professional organization) and embarking on the path to become a yogi. You can reach her at

Zoë, Project Owner

Zoë Morken is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a B.S. in User Experience (UX) Design with minors in Communication and Psychology. Being fascinated about how individuals interact with technology as well as how it influences their interpersonal relationships, Zoë is drawn toward creating pleasing experiences through beautiful and functional products. Previously, she has worked with clients as the lead UX designer through HiDelta, a startup based in Indiana. During her employment, she mastered prototyping tools such as Figma and worked in a cross-functional team setting. Outside of UX, Zoë is either cooking, reading, or petting her black lab. She can be reached at


Microsoft is working on a solution, available on both mobile and web that provides career resources and guidance to students. Through their initial research, they have found that many students are selective about what kinds of content they interact with. The team’s job is to help them explore new layouts, content organization, and sharing patterns to better suit student needs and create more engagement.

Shantanu, Co-Lead

Shantanu Kashyap is a Junior at Purdue University majoring in user experience design, minoring in Psychology & certificate course in Collaborative Leadership. He works as a Research Assistant at Purdue’s UX Design lab and as a Graphic Designer for Purdue. He has completed projects with Omnivis, ABB and Crema. He possesses good communication and leadership skills, problem-solving skills, knowledge of user-centered design. You can reach him at and his work is available at

Rhea, Co-Lead

Rhea Singh is a junior at Purdue University. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in User Experience Design, minoring in Psychology and getting a Collaborative Leadership certificate. Over the summer of 2020, Rhea Singh worked as a UX Intern at a startup for building automation systems where she helped with creating the branding and is currently building the company’s website. She has a strong background in Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Throughout her years at Purdue, she has gained skills in prototyping, wireframing, researching, and user testing. If you want to get in touch with her, she can be reached through the following email:


Jiwon Lee is a junior at Purdue University, pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. She has a passion for data visualization. With this, Jiwon worked as a graphic design intern for a publisher called Korea Daily Seattle and gained a strong background in multiple Adobe Programs. She strived to satisfy the client’s needs and now she has learned how to have better communication with clients. Throughout her academic experiences at Purdue, she is acquiring skills in interaction design, web design, public speaking, and researching. Jiwon is currently a treasurer in the Purdue Korea Association and has gained leadership and managing skills. Jiwon would love nothing more than making products easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Plus, she hopes one day would come that she can contribute to her community with her skills and ability. For more information, you can reach her at


Anika Antony is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in user experience design and minoring in psychology. She has lived in Carmel, IN most of her life. She displays good skills like communication, leadership, self awareness, and discipline. She knows user centered design processes and looks forward to expanding her knowledge in the field. She has some experience in Adobe software and looks to expand her knowledge on Figma as well. She worked with Omnivis last semester and learned new visual design skills. She looks forward to gaining new insights and advice from her peers to be successful this semester. Her extracurriculars include being involved with cheerleading on campus as well as competing in her own nationals competition every year. You can reach her at


Emily Zaretzky is devoted to designing user experiences that exude creativity in the most mundane spaces. Her work focuses on integrating critical thinking, problem solving, and space bending throughout the design process to uncover concealed problems and neglected interactions. She was lead designer at, has interned at Hew Bank of America, and most recently interned at Bank of America. She is currently serving as a volunteer project manager at She can be reached at


Katherine Barrientos Moreno is a sophomore at Purdue University, pursuing a major in UX Design, as well as a minor in psychology. She has experience working with Adobe programs after taking computer graphics/ graphic design courses for several years, and also has experience working with basic HTML, CSS and Javascript on several projects, such as building websites, mobile apps, chatbots, and video games. She aspires to work in the UX field in the future, with a focus on interaction design and visual design. On campus, she is involved with the Women in Technology (WiT) Club, and is the fundraising chair for the Minorities in Technology Association. She can be contacted at


Due to covid-19, visiting customer sites to beta test products in their workplace is extremely limited. Conduct ethnographic user research to identify processes and tools that help understand the customer experience of using our products.

Colin, Co-Lead

Colin Mulron is a student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. As a senior, Colin expects to graduate in the Summe of 2021 and is currently pursuing experience opportunities related to his work. He possesses strong leadership and communication skills developed during his time as President of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity on Purdue’s campus. He is also involved in mentoring opportunities provided through Purdue University’s UX program, where he provides insights and guidance relating to UX work. In the future, he hopes to engage in meaningful work at a company that shares his ideals of human-centered design. Contact at:

Benjamin, Co-Lead

Benjamin Frailey is a UX Designer graduating from Purdue’s UX Design program in 2021 with a minor in Communications and Psychology along with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Benjamin has a diverse background from his time involved in public speaking, designing apparel for a socially progressive fraternity, working with startups, holding down multiple jobs, and more that allows him to excel in UX Writing, Visual Design, and Primary Research. Benjamin focuses on Digital Civics because he sees it as a way to ensure the world around him can be built to accommodate people who might be looked over by others. Contact him at


Ethan Melton is a Sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in User Experience Design. He enjoys combining art into the design process with being well skilled in sketching out ideas to help team members better understand and brainstorm different ideas. He is skilled in communicating ideas through sketching to aid in explaining how the designs will look and interact. During his last year of highschool and the first two semesters of Purdue he has familiarized himself with products like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as learned how to better work as a team to accomplish goals and tasks. Ethan looks forward to learning new skills and mastering old ones with the upcoming years of study in the UX field. You may contact him at


Brein Gross is a Junior at Purdue University currently pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. She is learning the ropes of people-centered design and applying her energetic, analytical personality to projects that will propel her into the field after graduation. She is most interested in prototyping, user research, and visual/interaction design. Outside of her busy life as a student, she performs with the Purduettes, an all-women’s choir, and ambassador program at Purdue. She was recently elected onto leadership of this prestigious group where, among other duties, she is learning branding and visual design as the Gold of Merchandise and Professionalism & Image. She can be reached via email at


Veronica Tsang is a sophomore at Purdue University studying UX Design. She is from Palo Alto, California, and aspires to work in Product Design. Through her volunteering, clubs, and startup in Hong Kong and the Bay Area, she accumulated international and hands-on work experience. Working at the Google Apprenticeship, she was immersed in UX design, project management, Blockchain, and engineering fields. Volunteering at the VA Hospital for three years sharpened her detail-oriented skills as she tested blood samples, performed data analyses, and assisted in three human autopsies. Most recently, she’s been working for a virtual cooking class startup, World Kitchen Club, where she designs webpages, ingredients lists, and newsletters. She can be reached at


A current Junior at Purdue University majoring in UX Design, Skyler is striving toward a career intertwined with design and technology as one, such as a position within the Disney Company. Skyler is from Oakwood, IL and grew up in a small family. He is currently the VP of Communications of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. This leadership position within the fraternity has helped him grow in his problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills. After interning at Virtusa Corp, he has learned the importance of working in a team of a diverse culture, as well as servicing a client to reach an optimal goal. He’s a cat dad of two and enjoys animals in general. An avid PC gamer of first-person shooter game. You can reach him at


Design a product concept for home contractors to streamline the set-up process with prospective customers.

Shelby, Co-Lead

Shelby Benton is a senior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design, pursuing minors in Psychology and Art & Design, and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. As an aspiring User Experience Designer, she thrives in the intersection of design, technology, and interaction. Her design mindset drives her ever-expanding skill set. When designing, she is focused on the utility, usability, and accessibility that is afforded during an interaction. With her unique background in UX and Visual Communication Design, Shelby is able to combine her eye for visual design and aesthetics with human understanding and diversity, under the multi-disciplinary umbrella of UX. She has a responsibility to consider the unique and varying experiences of all within her designs, and she aims to have an influence on people’s lives. Her hopes for specialization include interaction design and visual design. Shelby is eager to see where UX takes her after graduation in the spring. You can reach her at, and view her work at

Amelia, Co-Lead

Amelia Fleetwood is a senior at Purdue University studying Web Design and Programming & User Experience Design. From building models to functioning prototypes, Amelia has a passion for creating new products. Her love for User Experience Design has encouraged her to test, brand and review products with the user’s best interest in mind. Amelia’s current and past experience in web development will provide technical skills useful in the User Experience industry. For questions or further information, Amelia can be reached at


Evan Burr is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Management. He has earned multiple top three finishes in startup competitions in conjunction with Google for Startups. His entrepreneurship interest has led him to create multiple small businesses across countless market places. Evan is competent in multiple Adobe Programs, is passionate about graphic design for the music industry, and has past experience running multiple social media accounts for social events and clubs. Evan hopes to pursue a career in the business side of the industry. He can be reached at


A student at Purdue University, Laura Makary found her passion in User Experience Design with a certificate in Collaborative Leadership and a double minor in Anthropology and Art & Design. She hopes to specialize in user research and attend graduate school further down the line to study design education. She studied and interned at the American Graphics Institute of Boston, where she first found her passion for User Experience Design and picked up skills in HTML/CSS, graphic design, and various Adobe programs. When she isn’t collaborating on a UX project, you can find her attending meetings for student organizations, working on a painting or illustration, or immersed in a book. She can be reached at


Aiden Ringer is a sophomore at Purdue University. He is majoring in User Experience Design. This Is his second year in the program. He started at Purdue in exploratory studies before deciding on UX Design. He was drawn to the design process and the stronger focus on the user when compared to something like visual communication design. He plans on receiving the entrepreneurship certificate as well to help build on his skills as it pertains to working with clients and generating ideas. Outside of class, he enjoys golfing and doing activities with friends. He can be contacted at


Design a video chatting experience for providers and patients to meet and communicate.

Kaitlin, Co-Lead

Kaitlin Groothuis is a junior User Experience Design major at Purdue University, minoring in psychology. She was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana. In a world where societies are increasingly depending on digital products to navigate life, she aims to address community challenges with design. She hopes to be a metaphorical mushroom: decomposing information in order to create meaningful interactions with technology. Her focus right now is on user research and hopes to work at a design consultancy focused on the social sector, healthcare, and government clients. So far, she has worked as a usability consultant intern for two years with science gateways to make highly technical information easy to engage with. She is also working as an HCI research assistant with work centered on resource support for human trafficking survivors. Within her time at Purdue, she has found collaboration, integrative and holistic thinking, and adaptability to be most important to her design process. Interest in picking apart the way people think and act led her to UX Design in the first place. Learning new psychology and anthropology tidbits alongside UX research methodologies give her dopamine rushes. Kaitlin can usually be found on Twitter, listening to a variety of pop and indie music, or painting. She can be gotten to know a better through her academic email:, or her portfolio:

Brigitte, Co-Lead

Brigitte Gurrola is a senior studying at Purdue University pursuing her degree in User Experience Design along with the Certificate of Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She has past internship experience at the National Credit Union Administration’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and has had the opportunity to collaborate with Avanade, OmniVis, and was a UX co-lead with Indiana Farmers Insurance. She has a passion for public interest technology and hopes to one day use her design skills to benefit her community through non-profit work in the future. She is the current website chair for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Vice President of Purdue Immigrant Allies. To connect with her, feel free to reach her at You can learn more about her and her work by visiting her portfolio:


Chrissy Chen is a master’s student in UX Design at Purdue, and she received her bachelor’s degree in Information Management from National Central University, Taiwan. She strives to gain in-depth knowledge of interaction design and user research to help her make human-centered and research-driven design solutions. She is currently a usability consultant intern at Science Gateways Community Institute and has helped more than twenty teams improve their gateway experience. Chrissy’s design philosophy is to minimize the product and maximize the experience. She thinks a good product should be intuitive and seamless so that users don’t have to pay attention to the design itself but could immerse in the experience. Apart from her passion for design, Chrissy loves backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and cooking. You can reach her at and visit her portfolio at


Jen Nazareth is a sophomore at Purdue University in the User Experience Design program while pursuing a minor in Psychology. While still searching for what specialization in UX Design she finds most interesting, she enjoys sketching and prototyping because of how fun it is to watch designs evolve. She has traditional and digital art experience, occasionally freelancing art for her friends’ Dungeons and Dragons game sessions. She is currently trying her hand at front-end development in her classes. Jen has always had a strong affinity towards the gaming industry, aspiring to one day work for a company that values both creativity and the user. With that, she can focus on creating a beautiful UI while providing a fun experience. If she isn’t busy enjoying her thai tea boba, she can be reached at


Jason Jiajun Xu is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing an undergraduate degree in User Experience Design (UX Design). He has a strong passion for innovative product design and development, and he loves to present projects and ideas. Jason is striving to develop soft and hard skills in this industry. His key strengths are the strong and unlimited desire to learn and to accomplish challenging and meaningful projects. Jason is looking for an internship in UX Design field. His email is


Koi Ogden is currently a junior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. Their interest in design is centered around their passion for inclusivity and understanding the world around them. In an effort to communicate effectively and understand others, they are pursuing a minor in Psychology and a certification in Collaborative Leadership. Outside of the classroom, Koi has publicly represented their LGBT all-inclusive multicultural sorority on many different platforms. Throughout these involvements, they hope to take away useful skills that will aid their design process and provide insightful change within the community. More personally, Koi enjoys hiking, watching scary movies, and eating at local restaurants. In the future they plan to travel the world, serving as a voice for minorities and creating designs that will inspire equity. Koi can be reached at

Purdue Office of Engagement

Redesign their website to offer a simpler and more intuitive user experience.

Christian , Co-Lead

Christian Espinoza is a Senior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. He is also minoring in Psychology and Communication with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Christian has a desire to facilitate strategic experiences that positively impact the lives of individuals. He has worked at a company called Codelicious for the past four years. Codelicious is an EdTech start-up that develops STEM based curriculum for K-12. Through his time here, he has been able to take the lead on strategizing curriculum plans and developing an application which is filed for a patent. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends or play sports such as soccer or ultimate frisbee. He is also passionate about volunteering through design. He enjoys both the technical and creative side of generating new products. Christian hopes to utilize all areas of his wide range of interests by one day working as a project/product manager that helps design and build applications or to effectively use different design strategies to successfully reach intended goals. You can learn more about him and his work by going to his portfolio: He can also be reached for more information at

Isa, Co-Lead

Isabella is a senior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design, pursuing a double-minor in psychology and communication, and a Entrepreneurship Certificate. She found her way into the UX program while searching for a way to combine her passion for design, art, technology and psychology. As a designer, she strives to humanize technology by creating simple and meaningful experiences for users. Through classes, Isabella has had the opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft, Garmin, and Innovatemap, which have allowed her to strengthen her research and design skills. After exploring different areas, she is aiming to specialize in Visual Design. She has experience using Adobe Programs as well as other digital platforms and hopes to work for a corporate technology company one day. You can contact her at


Ariana Eskew is a junior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. She is pursuing minors in Psychology and Advanced Global Technology and certificates in Collaborative Leadership and Global Competence. This semester, she hopes to begin developing her design philosophy and explore research opportunities within her department. She greatly enjoys user research and the impact that has on visual and interaction design. Last semester she got to see this in action when working with Cerner in class to design an interactive product to improve mental health. Her goal is to one day have a job that allows her to create products and designs that improve the more mundane aspects of people’s daily lives. Outside of class, she loves to travel! She has studied abroad in Germany and the Czech Republic and is always looking for more opportunities to experience new cultures. Additionally, she would love the opportunity to further her design skills in a professional setting through an internship. Ariana can be contacted at and her work can be viewed at


Ishaan Dandia is an undergraduate student at Purdue University studying UX Design and pursuing a double minor in Psychology and Communication. He hopes to specialize in visual design and product management. He is very interested in how people interact with technology and different ways to make the experience easier. He was initially intrigued by UX as it combines his love of technology and art with psychology. Through his love of photography, 2D design, and videography, he has garnered skills in Photoshop, Lightroom, Procreate, and Final Cut Pro. Ishaan also has some programming experience with Python, Java, CSS, and HTML. This past summer, he worked as a digital marketing intern for an e-commerce platform based in South Africa. He designed pages to improve the conversion rate, practiced the essentials of programmatic advertising, and performed search engine optimization. This gave him a lot of valuable experience that improved his knowledge of not only design and marketing, but also the business side of things. Ishaan is very passionate about entrepreneurship and is currently a brother in DMK, Purdue’s Entrepreneurship Fraternity. Additionally, he is also apart of PUDM, a fundraising club that donates money to the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana. For professional purposes he can be contacted at


Becky Hutzel is a junior at Purdue but a sophomore in UX Design. She is from Lafayette, IN and is passionate about creativity, music, and people! She loves UX design because it creates a space where she can blend these three areas. She started off in Industrial Design and gained skills from this in sketching, Adobe suite, Rhinoceros, and Catia. She is the webmaster/ social media chair for Purdue Outing Club. This position has included tweaking the website’s layout to make it more user friendly as well as trying to reach a broader audience with social media. She also did interface and web design over summer 2019 for a research project called the Biowall. Her work for the Biowall included making an interface completely from scratch to display intricate computer science data in terms everyday homeowners would understand. In addition, she was in a design and fabrication learning community in 2018-2019 in which she utilized the Bechtel Innovation Center’s 3D printers and laser cutters. She is also the social chair of her cooperative house and a member of Purdue UX Design Club. She was an assistant manager at a pool during summer 2020. She had a very versatile role of supervising the operations of the entire pool including following health codes, training workers, staying on budget, and maintaining the landscape. This position relates back to UX design because it grew her teamwork capabilities as well documentation skills. When she is not doing interface or graphic design work you can find her doing a variety of outdoor activities with the Purdue Outing Club. You can contact her at


Ellie Kouba is a Sophomore studying User Experiences Design at Purdue University. She is also pursuing a double minor in communications and psychology, along with certificates in leadership and cornerstone. Ellie has a desire to connect with the user and create a positive experience for everyone. She thrives working in a team-based environment and loves participation and creating new connections. Outside academics, Ellie is a head lifeguard at the Cordova Recreation Center where she oversees a staff of over 60+ lifeguards. Being a leader comes naturally to her and she will pursue more leadership roles within UX in the near future. This semester she hopes to gain more confidence within the major and grow her UX vocabulary. One day she hopes to land a UX position for a company in New York City. She can be reached at for more information.


Identify and create a potential idea or solution to improve the K-12 education system as it transitions to e-learning.

Ria, Co-Lead

Ria Sali is a junior in the User Experience Design program at Purdue University. She is currently working towards securing a bachelor’s degree, along with a minor in Psychology and is set to graduate in May 2022. Her main interest is engaging in user research, but she has also undertaken UI design during her internships at CredPal and HiDelta. Ria strives to be an engaged and inquisitive worker when it comes to projects, and is a team player that strives to work collaboratively in order to get the best input to push a solution forward. She aims to be able to create designs that are creative, intuitive, and above all, a positive addition to users’ lives. You can reach Ria at and view her work at

Kanika, Co-Lead

Kanika Rao is currently a junior studying User Experience Design with minors in Psychology and Communication. She joined SCSJ in June, 2020. Her time spent in this position sparked her interests in user research. With her work in the data mine, a learning community, she has developed an interest in learning more about the intersection between UX and data visualization. Kanika is also passionate about further developing her project management skills through leadership and mentorship opportunities. Some of Kanika’s other passions include fashion and music. She strives to incorporate these passions into her academic curriculum and is constantly looking for ways in which UX can be applied to these sectors. The many opportunities that lie within the space of user experience design and the many opportunities to improve or enhance the experience of different users while enacting direct change in different communities excites Kanika. She can be contacted at


Alex Gearhart is a sophomore in Purdue’s User Experience Design program and is minoring in communications. He spent last summer in an online internship with Landon Young and has continued working for Landon part time during the semester. During this internship, Alex learned how to use design tools such as Figma, Procreate, and Adobe XD. Although he doesn’t have much experience coding yet, he plans on learning much more this semester. He thinks that he will enjoy coding and he will want to focus on that in the future if he does. You can reach him at


Matthew Will is a first semester Junior at Purdue University, and is in his second semester within the UX Design Program. After taking his first Learning Studio and Experience Studio courses in the Spring of 2020, he has gained a more nuanced understanding of UX principles and methods, as well as having the experience of being immersed in a UX Research team for Indiana Farmers Insurance. Matthew also has specific interests in the areas of UX Research and UX/UI Design in video games. On the personal side, Matthew enjoys hobbies such as running and playing video games, which has led him to an interest in entering the video game industry upon graduation. He is always eager to learn more about UX and design in general, and you can reach him at about anything related as well.


Katherine Jewell is a sophomore studying User Experience Design while minoring in psychology at Purdue University. She grew up in San Diego, California where aesthetic is highly valued in experiences and products. She thrives interacting with others, which is shown through her past job as a nanny and her many volunteer experiences. She loves to travel to other countries and learn about the people and their culture which allows her to gain invaluable life experiences that cannot be gained from classes. She is looking for an internship as a UX Designer to conduct user research with a lean of web development. Katie is able to be reached at


Raghav Mandadi is a current sophomore at Purdue University, pursuing a BS degree in User Experience Design, with a minor in Psychology and Organizational Leadership. From a family with a background of all engineers, Raghav found passion in trying to understand people and applying it to design. In his free time, Raghav loves to hike in his hometown of Seattle, play a multitude of instruments, and travel across the world. Raghav is motivated to learn more about human computer interaction, leadership, entrepreneurship, and business in his time as a student and beyond. Raghav can be contacted at, and is on LinkedIn.


This semester we will be working with HiDelta to create a solution for university fundraisers to connect in a meaningful way with donors given the fundraisers’ new workflows during the pandemic (if they have changed). We will be assessing the opportunities and pain points between university fundraisers and donors to determine whether or not we need to reevaluate and ideate upon the existing tool or design based on the changes.

Brooke, Co-Lead

Brooke Carney is a junior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design and minoring in Psychology. She has an interest in art and technology as well as the psychology behind decision making. She hopes to improve technology and help others through her work in User Experience Design. Over this past summer, she was a systems development intern with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance where she made user experience design suggestions for various teams and designed mockups for a new style guide website. There she also learned to adapt to a virtual working environment. Outside of the classroom Brooke enjoys being involved in her community and has a passion for dogs. Her email contact is

Alicia, Co-Lead

Alicia Zhang is a junior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design and aiming for a certificate in entrepreneurship. She was born and raised in Bay Area, California. She mostly enjoys making small graphics on illustrator for friends and family. UX design intrigued her with how it combines her love for technology and her love for art into one career. In her free time, she can be seen doodling randomly on whatever piece of paper she gets her hands on or admiring how various types of media creates meaningful experiences for everyone. She can be contacted at


Will is a driven UX designer with a sharp eye for visual design. He began his college journey in the university’s Exploratory Studies program, but soon discovered his passion for visual design, particularly user interface design. As a senior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design, Will is committed to providing users with memorable experiences that feature a balance of friction and simplicity. His attention to user experience in his daily life drives his interest and allows him to discover new ways to revolutionize how individuals communicate with visual interfaces. To reach out to Will, feel free to send him a message at


Sarah Deak is a sophomore majoring in User Experience Design at Purdue University with minors in Psychology and Forensic Sciences, as well as a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. Sarah was drawn to User Experience Design as a combination of psychology and technology. Some of her passions include music, animals, and criminology. She intends to develop specialized skills in visual design, front-end development, and project management. With her interests in mind, she strives to go out in the world and make a difference in the lives of many. To connect with her, feel free to contact or view her portfolio at


Jarred Porter is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in User Experience Design while going after a certificate in both Entrepreneurship and Leadership. His plan is to specialize in visual design and interaction design. He is competent in a number of Adobe programs, obtains good communication skills and has a background in social media marketing. He is constantly looking for new opportunities to step out of his comfort zone and further his career in User Experience. Jarred also takes part in Greek Life on campus, taking on roles and joining committees within the fraternity which has led him to develop great leadership and time management skills. He is looking for an internship this summer within the field of UX. His work can be seen at and can be contacted via email at


SeokHwan (James) Chang is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. He has 2 years of experience in accounting. He has a particular interest UX/UI & data visualization and is looking to explore more opportunities in those fields. He served for the Republic of Korea Army from 2017 to 2019 and has picked up many disciplinary habits such as teamwork, adaptability, and quick decision-making skills. His military occupational specialty was a special force sniper and led his sniper team to many accolades throughout his time serving for his country. During his time serving, he quickly realized he was very successful in problem solving in a very short period of time. He was able to make the right decisions for his team, and successfully lead his team to the final goal. His skills has led him to be interested User Experience Design, communicating and leading his teammates to successful projects. So far at Purdue University, SeokHwan has worked with OmniVis Tech to revamp the company’s website to better suit the potential users. SeokHwan is originally from South Korea but has lived a majority of his life in New Zealand and the United States. He is bilingual in English and Korean. SeokHwan can be contacted at


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Connor, Co-Lead

Connor Schrank is a senior at Purdue University and is in his third year of studying UX Design with a minor in Film and Video Studies and a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. While he’s worked on a variety of projects within UX Design, he specializes in user research and interactive design. Through his specialties, Connor creates meaningful, user-centered work to provide experiences beyond expectations.Connor is also a researcher for the DVC (Design, Visualization, and Cognition) Lab at Purdue University. His future goals include either going into industry after school or continuing onto graduate school. You can contact him at

Jake, Co-Lead

Jake Ledford is a Junior student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. His primary interests include front end design and interaction design. Ledford got into UX Design after missing out on the human focused interaction and creative aspects in computer science. This sparked an interest in the field of human centered design. In the future he hopes to work in interaction design within emerging technologies, particularly in VR/AR. His favorite hobbies include watching films, photography, or just hanging out with friends. His portfolio can be viewed at, and can be reached at


Evan Voss is a User-Experience Design student at Purdue University who is also pursuing a psychology minor. His love for technology and people makes him a hardworking and driven student who uses his empathy to drive his work. Evan has close to a year of working in the UX field and in that time has become more robust in his skills. Even with his short time with his major his public speaking and problem-solving skills have improved exponentially. He works extremely well with others and has no problem taking a leadership role on projects. In the future, Evan hopes to get an internship within the automotive or gaming industries as a UI designer. If you’re interested in contacting Evan, feel free to reach him at or 310-265-3551.


Bridget Schafer is a double major at Purdue University studying UX Design and Spanish with a minor in Anthropology. She is currently a sophomore and serves as the Graphics and Publicity Chair for Women In Technology as well as an Ambassador for the Polytechnic Institute. Alongside her knowledge of programming, design applications, and office technology, Bridget has experience in project-based learning, public speaking, Spanish speaking, and visual communication. With these interdisciplinary skills at the forefront, her professional goals are centered around creating inclusive digital environments via intuitive user research. To connect with Bridget, email her at


Jacqueline Marks is a junior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with a minor in Anthropology. Her work experience includes working with SBA Loans, PPP Loans, marketing, HR, and guest services. She enjoys helping others to solve problems. In her free time Jacqueline enjoys painting, photography and beach bonfires with family. At Purdue, she is involved in Greek Inter-varsity, Alpha Xi Delta, Purdue User Experience Design club and serves as a College of Polytechnic Ambassador. She can be reached at

UEG/Advent Health

Seniors approaching the age of 65 need a way to better understand and select the best Medicare plan for them. Our task is to research what information our users, seniors approaching the age of 65, will need to understand about the different avenues of Medicare. We will apply what we learn in an interactive high-fidelity prototype to help make the process easier.

Leah, Co-Lead

Leah Neustedter is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design pursuing a minor in Psychology and Communications. She plans to specialize in Visual Design and personal fitness/healthcare. She is well versed in a variety of Adobe programs, has advanced Spanish speaking skills and has a background in PR/social media. She finished an internship at Ethical Identity this summer. Leah also runs cross country and track for the university which has led her to have excellent time-management and leadership skills. Her work can be seen in her portfolio at and can be reached through her email at

Camile, Co-Lead

Camile Hardt is a sophomore pursuing a degree in User Experience Design, a minor in
psychology, and a leadership certificate. She is from Overland Park, Kansas. She plans to
specialize in visual design. The design of things has always peaked her interest, mostly in the form of graphics. The intersection of humans and technology is what made her want to pursue UX Design. She is a novice knitter, print maker, and photographer. While in college she is still exploring clubs to be involved in, she has been an active member in the Purdue UX Design club. She can be reached at


Yue Zhao is a graduate student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics Technology and a minor in Psychology from Purdue University and then worked as a User Interface Designer at DelMar software development for almost three years. Currently she is doing research with Colin Gray in his UX Design Lab. She enjoys working with people, solving problems in creative ways, and brings things back to life. She loves hearing the unvoiced needs from people to provide good experience to them. She cares about the impact of designs that potentially changes the future of the world. She can be reached at


Anna Kelley is a second-year undergraduate student at Purdue University pursuing a degree in UX Design. Various extracurricular roles have prepared her to communicate, collaborate, and be creative in upcoming projects. She hopes these qualities lead her into an internship over the summer to gain as much experience possible. Outside of the program, Anna is independently working on undergraduate research over ‘Consent Culture & Comprehensive Sex Education’ that she hopes to turn into a curriculum paired with a mobile application. When Anna is not working, she enjoys painting, taking care of her mini aquarium, and travel. She can be contacted at


Anne Pivonka is a sophomore at Purdue University studying UX Design with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. She is an attentive designer focused on User Research and Interaction Design. Her curiosity about the world and desire to create meaningful experiences that help and inspire people is what drives her passion for UX Design. Anne is currently working as a UX Research Assistant in the UXP2 lab focusing on ethics in UX practice. This has allowed her to deepen her knowledge of different research methods while also gaining valuable time management and communication skills. When she is not working on UX related projects, she can be found playing guitar, discovering new music, and trying new foods. Anne is interested in an opportunity to continue to learn and develop her skills over the summer and can be reached at her email


Andrew Johnson is a user experience design student at Purdue University. With interests in graphic design, coding, and human psychology, Andrew hopes to combine these into his work with UX design. After working with a team last semester to redesign OmniVis’ web portal, he’s ready to take on another challenging and important project. He has also translated this love of design into his hobby of making handmade tools. Forming an idea into a sketch, to a blueprint, and refining it into a finished product is something that Andrew lives for, and he is looking forward to bringing this love into his work. Andrew can be reached at


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Nicole, Co-Lead

Nicole Li is a Senior majoring in User Experience Design at Purdue University with minors in Computer Science and Psychology. She is working as a Research Assistance on the NSF-funded project on the everyday ethics in socio-technical practice. Nicole has a strong desire and passion in research and visual design. She has had experience working at companies as an UX and UI design intern. She strives to advocate for users and identifies strategies to translate user needs and business goals into meaningful experiences. Nicole Li can be reached at

Gabby, Co-Lead

Gabriella Goss is a sophomore at Purdue University studying UX Design with minors in Psychology, Communications, and a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. She aspires to create innovative, unique designs that change the way people think about social issues but go beyond that to create designs that advance the expectations about the way we use technology as a whole. She has experience in leadership development through community service through the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar attending the seminar as both a student, junior-assistant staff member, and special services assistant. Outside of education, she enjoys musical theatre, film and cinema, and tennis. She can be contacted through her email,


Hyebeen Lee, who also goes by Cindy, is a current junior at Purdue University, studying User Experience Design, pursuing a minor in Psychology. As someone who first entered the States as an immigrant, Cindy has been developing a diverse, global perspective to bring into a variety of communities. She also likes to communicate with others through visual and performing arts; therefore in the near future, she aspires to become a designer who can help make impactful and relevant art experiences for people to stumble upon. She has been using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Autodesk SketchBook, and Clip Studio since high school, to bring out her early interests in visual arts. She can be reached via email at


Anna Kelley is a current junior at Purdue University, studying User Experience Design. She is eager to return to campus to continue to advocate for people who have disabilities, whether that’s through her position in Best Buddies or her undergrad research regrading ‘Comprehensive Sex Education’ with a focus on the LGBTQ+ / disabilities communities. Anna’s hobbies include painting, cooking, and taking care of her aquatic tank. She hopes to accomplish three personal goals this semester which are learning how to code, more painting / drawing, and more self-reflection. With these goals in mind, she hopes to earn an internship position in the future. If you would like to get in touch, she can be contacted at


Stesha Linder is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in UX Design. She is also pursuing two minors in Naval Science and Psychology. She is part of Purdue Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps and has lots of experience with leadership, decision-making, and teamwork. In addition, she is drawn to the UX aspects of combining art, business, teamwork, and technology together. Her motivation for wanting to study User Experience Design stems from being able to be part of a team that works towards a common goal. She can be reached at


Izsadora Johnson is a student at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in UX Design along with a Psychology and Communication Minor. Visual design is an area of interest to her due to a lifelong passion for art but is still exploring her options in the UX space. Izsadora has created graphics such as posters and brochures giving her experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Her other hobbies are yoga, hiking, and being a cat mom. She hopes the UX program will help her toward a company that embraces the same ideals of trying to create sustainable and innovative products. She can be contacted at


Properly designed strength and conditioning programming can help athletes become stronger, more powerful, and better overall athletes while reducing their chance of injury. All-Star will partner with the best strength and conditioning coaches, software developers, and professional athletes in the world and develop algorithms to help provide athletes with access to the best, personalized strength and conditioning programming available. We will research what makes the app the most intuitive and easy to use.

Annie, Co-Lead

Annie Giang is a third-year undergraduate student at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with an interest in mobile interactions and prototyping. Her eagerness to explore new ideas and design spaces are demonstrated by her involvement in a multitude of hobbies that involve gaming, streaming, digital art, sewing, and dancing. In the next three years, she envisions herself in a career within the technology field developing meaningful connections between the users and product. While in school, she enjoys studying at a cafe and going on short walks with individuals. If you would like to reach out, you are welcome to contact her through email at

Jack, Co-Lead

Jack Bannon is currently a junior at Purdue University pursuing a BS in User Experience Design. He is in the process of achieving a minor in psychology as well as a certificate in collaborative leadership. Containing a background in graphic design, Jack plans to specialize in information architecture/content strategy but is keeping an open mind regarding all aspects of UX. As a UX designer, Jack plans to bring simple, personalized experiences to users of tech around the globe by combining his visual design skills with futuristic approaches. To contact Jack, you can email him at


Rheaa Kamath is a Junior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. Rheaa aspires to create meaningful experiences that people encounter in everyday life, empowering them to dig deeper and learn new things. She is a firm believer in minimalism and considers herself an empath, making her design decisions both intuitive and tailored to each user based on their needs. Although she enjoys various different aspects of UX, she is particularly passionate about how design can have an impact on the society that we live in. Moving forward, she would like to utilize her passion for minimal design, sustainability, healthcare, and visual design in her UX career. Rheaa can be contacted by email at and on LinkedIn.


Janhavi is a sophomore at Purdue University, majoring in User Experience Design. She is passionate about redefining the way design is viewed. The idea behind this is to put forward the ideology and story of the design rather than just its aesthetic. As a result of her exposure to an array of themes related to psychology, she tries to make her designs intuitive and reflexive. Her interests mainly lie in psychology, research, and spatial design. Her goal is to try to help people make sense of their interactions with technology and provide them with a comfortable experience in doing so. Some of her best ideation and inspiration comes when she’s not looking. So when she’s not designing, you’ll find her debating, trekking or playing board games. Feel free to reach out to Janhavi Shah at


Lauren Gebhardt is a sophomore at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. She is planning on obtaining a minor in Psychology and a Collaborative Leadership certificate. Her interest in UX Design began her senior year of high school when she took some time exploring the different majors in Polytechnic. In high school, she enjoyed graphic design and knew that she wanted to pick a major incorporating it. After looking into her options, she finally decided upon UX Design and is very excited to be in such a great program. She is a good writer and enjoys the communication side of UX. She has much to explore, but she is currently very interested in gathering primary research. When she is outside of the classroom, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and playing Spikeball. She is also a member of Stewart, one of Purdue’s cooperative houses. If you would like to get in touch with her, you can reach her at


Mina is a sophomore at Purdue University studying user experience design and is passionate about bettering the relationship between user and technology. She has been creating art since a young age, and hopes to apply her artist mindset to design in finding innovative solutions to complex problems. She is actively learning to pursue a deeper understanding of the human mind and its complexities, and hopes to work as a senior UX designer at a company where she can make a positive impact on the technology industry and apply her creativity as an artist. For more information or inquires, Mina can be reached at

Dolby Labs

The goal of this project is to create a cross-channel prototype of a new audio solution that targets gamer needs post-pandemic. We are exploring the system design of gaming and sound ecosystems to develop headphones of the future.

Brandon, Co-Lead

Brandon Dentler is a current junior at Purdue University and in his second year of User Experience Design within the Polytechnic Institute. Currently he is planning on getting a Bachelor’s of Science in User Experience Design with a main focus in User Interface design within the video game industry, and is also working toward a certification in Entrepreneurship. He plan to graduate from Purdue University in the Spring of 2021. You can reach him at

Kaitlyn, Co-Lead

Kaitlyn Tran is a senior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design and certificate in Entrepreneurship. She is passionate about changing the way people interact with technology for the better, and feels good design is the best medium to do so. Kaitlyn enjoys visual design and aspires to gain experience in project management, social media marketing, and mobile application development. She can be reached at


Adam Kaufman is a Senior at Purdue University completing a major in User Experience Design, minors in Psychology and Spanish, and a Collaborative Leadership Certificate. These combined areas have helped him strengthen skill building in communication, teamwork, creativity, and problem solving. Adam strives to follow a human-centered approach to craft effective solutions to complex problems. His client-focused, results-driven mindset allows him to transform visions into reality. To get in contact with Adam, you may email him at


Angela is a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. She knows basic programming in C++, Java and HTML and enjoys graphic design and digital illustration. She is familiar with various programs such as Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.
She is an entrepreneur owning a small online business and does freelance illustration on the side; leading to some experience with social media marketing and product design. Aside from this, she also has an interest in gaming and game design and has some experience using Unreal Engine and does character design in her free-time. You can contact Angela through her email at


Emily Duh is currently a sophomore undergraduate student at Purdue University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in User Experience Design and a minor in Psychology. She is a Silicon Valley born and raised developing interaction designer focused on producing accessible and aesthetically pleasing designs. Her background and hobbies in art encourage detail oriented and creative thinking, aiding her while she works on bringing projects to life. Feel free to reach out to Emily through her email at


Jared Buls is a Junior studying UX design at Purdue University. He is a competitive spirit that enjoys gaming and traveling around the world. Some of his strong suits include: working with others, creativity, and keeping the mood light. He is also interested in front-end design work within the gaming industry and hopes one day to help produce a popular competitive online game. You can reach Jared at