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Experience Studios Project Owners

Abby, Alaina, and Kaela are the Spring 2018 Project Owners. Each will manage 2 teams this semester. Abby is working with Microsoft and HPE. Alaina is working with Garmin and Measuring Communities. Kaela is working with Crema and Avanade.


Abby Perez is a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She works as a User Experience Design Intern for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, founder of the Purdue User Experience Design organization, and an Executive Officer for the Dean’s Student Leaders. Her work can be seen in her portfolio at and can be reached through her e-mail


Determined UX student, Alaina Creager, has aspirations to inspire the world of design. She is currently looking for a full-time role post-graduation to further her design experience. To learn more about her visit


Kaela Disney is currently a college student at Purdue University, double majoring in Computer Graphics Technology and web development. She developed a passion for technology early on. She has enriched her knowledge about technology further, either through school programs or different types of literature. She continually works to improve her technical, leadership, and communication skills. Her interests vary between web development and user experience, and she hopes to one day have a successful career that incorporates both of her two focuses of study. Learn more about her by contacting

Measuring Communities for Military Families

The current website is not user friendly and does not provide the maximum impact for their audience. The expected outcome for this project will be recommendations to improve the user experience and a visualization of an ideal solution.

David, Co-Lead

David is a senior in computer graphics technology specializing in user experience design. He’s pursuing a minor in psychology and certification in entrepreneurship and innovation. David can be reached at

Michael, Co-Lead

Michael Davidge is a Junior in User Experience Design and pursuing a minor in psychology. He is well versed in a variety of Adobe programs, but also has a background in entrepreneurial business and psychology which help further his UX designs. To reach him you can email him at


Yuqing Wu is a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with minors in Psychology and Art & Design. Last summer she worked as a UX researcher and designer for Meitu, helping to design an inner picture system, and doing user research for a social media. Last semester, her team worked with Microsoft, designing a mobile application to help college students achieve goals. She is also the Vice President Internal for the Purdue User Experience Design organization. She can be contacted via email at


Deanna Bell is a freshman earning her degree in User Experience Design at Purdue University along with minors in Psychology and Communications. Because she is also a preschool teacher at a local daycare, she wishes to incorporate UX Design into early childhood education in the future. Deanna can be reached at


Megan Ledford is a sophomore majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology and Organizational Leadership, with an Entrepreneurship certificate at Purdue University. She hopes to one day work for an app development company as well as develop a company of her own. She can be reached by email at or at LinkedIn.


Kyle Milne is a determined and ambitious individual. He is a sophomore studying UX Design at Purdue and hopes to have the tools necessary to work for a large tech company. Kyle grew up in the outskirts of Philadelphia. Being a native from Philly, he has an appreciation for technology and design, cheesesteaks too. Having many hobbies and interests, makes Kyle diverse and sociable on many different topics. Kyle was originally a psychology major, so understanding the user and their thought process is a critical process for him. You can reach him at


Jeff Sunwoo is a freshmen studying UX design at Purdue. He is eager and passionate about UX design. Jeff looks forward to learn and experience UX design in Purdue for the upcoming years. Jeff has great communication skills. He delivers thoughts in a compact and clear way. Also, he listens and pays attention to the abstract detail. His current goal is getting to know what UX design is and learn to become a designer with great traits. Jeff can be contacted at for more information.


Ruiqi Li is a freshman studying at Purdue University with a major of UX Design. She also working towards two minors in psychology and communication and a Certificate in Collaborative Leadership.Her goal is to design useful products and can make people learn how to use it in a fast way. She can be reached by and can also visit her site at portfolio-of-ruiqi


Microsoft Academic is an online search engine for scholarly publications. Our goal is to compare the redesign of Microsoft Academic to the current interface of Microsoft Academic in terms of usability, learnability, and user experience. We will use our research to provide Microsoft Research with comparative metrics, and recommendations for improving design in order to deliver on the stated goal.

Meena, Co-Lead

Meena Nanduri is studying User Experience Design at Purdue University. She was born and raised in Sunnyvale, California. Born to two Computer Scientists, Meena grew up inspired to work in the technological world. She is passionate about User Experience Design because it combines her interests in psychology, technology, design, and user research. In her free time, Meena enjoys reading and writing. One of Meena’s favorite books is Change by Design by Tim Brown because it proves how design can be used to impact all areas of life. In the future, Meena aspires to use design to tackle real world problems regarding education, health, and racial disparity. To contact Meena, you can email her at

Amelia, Co-Lead

Amelia Lim is a Junior in User Experience Design minoring in Psychology at Purdue University, West Lafayette. She is interested in the User Interface design field. She has previous User Interface working experiences, which include working independently for Purdue Polytechnic Office of Engagement to achieve the goal of improving their engagement portal’s Graphical User Interface (GUI). She’s truly passionate in designing different digital work to enhance user experiences. Her work is her passion. Amelia can be contacted at


Stefani Sandoval is a Junior at Purdue University working her way to completing BA/BS in UX. Her skill set includes a proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop, user research, synthesizing research, and usability testing. In her spare time, Stefani enjoys watching an action packed show on Netflix, a trip to the cinema or just hanging out with her close friends. Stefani can be contact at


Amy Zhang is currently a Freshman pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in psychology at Purdue University. She has experience with Adobe’s Creative Cloud as well as various digital art platforms. With strengths in graphic design, Amy’s goal is to specialize in Visual Design for UX. She aspires to work with companies with a focus in interface design and user research, among others, to experience more aspects of UX design. Amy has some experience with JavaScript and HTML as well, but is still learning. For more information, Amy is reachable at


Gregory Sirko is a junior at Purdue University in his first year of User Experience Design. He is interested in all parts of UX, especially visual design and psychological research. He started his university studies in Computer Information Technology, but found it lacked a certain something that he craved. He has a background in graphic design and digital media. He is highly concerned with design philosophy and studying the effects of personal technology on life and culture. Outside of work, he loves to play the drums and keyboard, as well as sauté onions. You can reach him through email:


Madi Lindeman is a freshman at Purdue University, majoring in User Experience Design. She is also in charge of advertising for the User Experience Design club on campus. She is hardworking and highly motivated in all aspects of her education. Upon completing her degree, Madi aspires to be a UX designer in a major city working for a company that’s top priority is providing the best experience for their customers. Madi is really interested in both the research and designing aspect of UX and hopes to be able to have a career that involves both. She is also a huge fan of nature, hiking and her dog Keaton. You can reach her at


Graeme Goss is a freshman studying User Experience Design at Purdue University. He is really interested in the research aspect of UX, but he is keeping an open mind about all aspects of UX. Graeme loves dogs and currently has two dogs at home that he loves to see every time he gets the chance. He is generally a quiet person, but surprisingly he really loves to present projects and ideas! To contact Graeme email him at


A project to redesign the process of a customer becoming aware of new updates within the 3PAR storage product, as well as gather other important information regarding the updating process itself. This is a result of their new implementation of a customer self-update process as opposed to a manual announcement via email.

Delaney, Co-Lead

Delaney Rundell is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with minors in Psychology and Communication. She is passionate about user research and strives to become a user researcher. She is especially strong at usability testing, user interviews, and developing high-level takeaways from findings. After interning as a product researcher, she has developed an interest in web and mobile accessibility and conducting accessibility testing. Her goal is to make the world a more usable and accessible place for everyone. You can reach her at and see her work at

Nick, Co-Lead

Nicholas Gould // – Senior Web Design Student at Purdue University
Experienced with front-end web development, he has worked with Microsoft Research, Ford Motor Company, and theScore. He has also freelanced with local businesses doing web design and graphic design work. When he’s not busy designing, you can find him making music with Purdue Bands & Orchestras or watching a Disney movie.


AJ Vetter is a student at Purdue University studying UX Design. He has experience doing design and film in commercial, non for profit, and corporate settings. He has filled roles including, but not limited to: UX Designer, Visual Designer, Video Producer, and Digital Marketing Manager. He is passionate about combining all of his skills to meet the needs of companies focused on the bigger picture. Reach him at or


Anna Ding is a freshman at Purdue University studying UX Design. She has a high GPA of 3.96 and had taken multiple AP classes throughout high school, coming into college with 46 credits. Anna has also volunteered in AWANA for four years and participated in dance and band. She is known by her teachers and peers as polite, cheerful, and creative. Her current goals are to learn about her major and gain experience in UX Design. She also hopes to keep up the New Year’s resolutions that she had not broken already such as to not be led astray by ice cream. You can email Anna at


Lucca McKay is passionate about beautiful and simplistic user experiences. A computer enthusiast, he is majoring in UX Design at Purdue University. While pursuing his degree he volunteers with Psi Upsilon improving their online advertising using Adobe Illustrator.

Lucca was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by Silicon Valley influences. He was attracted to Purdue because of their engineering excellence and innovative UX program. Now a Sophomore, he is experienced in Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, Maya, and Java. Lucca’s interest in elegant and simplistic communication was honed at an early age. Starting in his early teens, he competed in speech tournaments. He successfully made his way up from school, to regional, and eventually state finals several years in a row, in areas of original oratory, duo interpretation, and humorous interpretation. Via speech, not only was he able to share his interest in elegant communication, but also his love of the fantastical and humorous. Lucca would be an invaluable asset to any organization. You may reach him at


Kassandra Melkey is a first-year student in the User Experience Design undergraduate program at Purdue University. She intends to specialize in either User Research or Information Architecture. She initially came to Purdue to study biochemistry. Where she discovered her passion for research but realized that she wanted to be on a career path that would allow her to work in a creative team environment daily, which lead her to the UX design program. In her free time she enjoys embracing her intrinsically curious personality through writing, traveling, and visiting museums of all different types. She is also an active member of the Delta Iota chapter of Gamma Phi Beta International sorority. Kassandra can be reached at


Austin Johnson is a freshman at Purdue University. He studies User Experience Design and is pursuing a minor in Psychology. Austin has worked as an intern for a computer science education company, Nextech, in Indianapolis, IN. For over a year Austin not only was able to learn programming skills, he was also given the chance to help teach that information to students who attended the program.
Through this internship Austin discovered User Experience Design. He immediately felt his passion for the industry. Through the connections made, Austin was able to work with a design company, Studio Science, and form relationships with lead UX Designers on the team he was working with. Austin not only got to experience the environment of a design company, he was also able to learn from these professionals. He picked up design skills, as well as skills needed to present a product to people and receive feedback, negative and positive. Austin can be reached at


The current mobile feature is cluttered and needs to provide a more intuitive user experience. Garmin is expecting research on the current feature and a redesign that will improve the ability for the user to seamlessly understand and use the product through discovery and/or onboarding.

Drake, Co-Lead

Drake is an honors sophomore at Purdue University, majoring in user experience design. He is an Adobe Certified Associate in Illustrator, which supports his experience with visual design related work. He believes his core purpose is to design experiences that are engaging, usable, enjoyable, and have the ability to influence daily life. He possesses expert communication skills, knowledge on how to solve complex problems, knowledge of the user- centered design process, and a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. Upon completion of his degree, Drake aspires to be a UX, UI, or visual designer. Drake has completed an internship at Siemens Healthineers, user research for Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, and undergraduate research in Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute. Outside of the classroom, Drake is the President of Purdue’s User Experience Design Club and is involved with Purdue’s Minority Technology Association. Additionally, in his free time, you can find Drake discovering new music or brewing tea.

Jai, Co-Lead

Jai Tudor is a student of the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Within the Polytechnic Institute, Jai majors in Human Centered Design and Development, soon to be known as User Experience. She is currently interested in expanding her education into areas of art and design that focus less on technology and more on the aesthetic side of User Experience. She can be reached at


Joseph Hoggatt is a student in Purdue Polytechnic’s Human Centered Design and Development program. He assisted in designing a scouting app for his high school’s FIRST robotics team. In his spare time, he occasionally takes on Graphic design work from friends and family, and works with new design tools to search for better ways of conveying what he can see in his mind. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tabletop games as the real world doesn’t has enough dragons. Joseph can be contacted by email at; His LinkedIn.


Sarah Field is a sophomore at Purdue University from San Diego, CA. Sarah enjoys designing websites and mobile applications with flawless information architecture and front end development. Some of her key strengths are being tenacious, communicative, eager to learn new things, and a great team worker/leader. Some of Sarah’s other hobbies and interests include psychology, community service, and programming. From experience participating and being involved with Girls Who Code, Sarah hopes to get more young girls and women interested in computer science and UX design. As a UX designer she strives to make information architecture flawless and sleek through a combination of experience in programming, creativity, and user focused design.


Even though Maddisen Sharpe is working towards a Bachelors in User Experience, at Purdue, her ultimate goal is to make an impact on user’s everyday life. This can be seen in her early high school career, when she got involved with the Hamilton Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House, and aided for teachers. Even with her busy high school schedule and volunteering, she found a way to start taking college classes her senior year. This provided valuable soft and hard skills, such as: communication, cooperation, empathy, presentation, Microsoft Suites, Mulitisim, Autodesk Revit and Inventor, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, CAD animation, and being an active listener. If you want to get in contact with her, she can be reached through the following email:


Jingle Chen was born and raised in Beijing, China, for 18 years, and is currently attending Purdue University in the US. He is currently a sophomore pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with minors in Psychology, Communication, and Mathematics. In the past, he was a team lead to plan and prepare a high school graduation ceremony in eight days. He always enjoys in teamwork and accomplishing meaningful but challenge tasks. Also, he is a street photographer who loves to use film cameras. You can contact Jingle at


Ian Carr is a sophomore at Purdue University and a first-year student in User Experience Design. After high school graduation, Ian spent nearly four years working at Amazon as an associate trainer. He has 2 years of experience as a Computer Science student, transferring from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. With hopes of enhancing his future designs, Ian plans to specialize in Visual Design and pursue a minor in Psychology. You may contact Ian at


People find it difficult to decide what to do on a night out with friends, such as where to eat or what to order. The goal for the semester through research, testing, and prototyping, is to provide design recommendations to Crema.

Liz, Co-Lead

Elizabeth Finley is a student in Purdue University’s undergraduate UX Design program. She aspires to create products that both meet user needs and appeal to users aesthetically. She has experience as a Web Intern for Travis County, TX and as a UX Design student collaborator for theScore. With a particular interest in user research Elizabeth is interested in further exploring her education in research. Outside of school, Elizabeth enjoys photography, being outdoors, and reading. Elizabeth can be contacted through her email,

Nick, Co-Lead

Nicholas Wong is a Senior at Purdue University, majoring in User Experience Design. Combining a well-organized approach with strong technical and written skills, Nicholas is highly committed and thorough in detail-oriented projects, and enjoys balancing his time between independent and team related ventures. Currently, he is looking to broaden his design intuition and experience. For more information, contact him at


John Paul Oses is currently a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a BS in User Experience Design. His talents are a blend of strong technical skills along with excellent group communication. John Paul continuously seeks to deliver aesthetically pleasing and innovative design solutions that meet users’ needs. He aspires to travel West to work in UI/UX Design or Front-End Development. For further inquiries, he can be contacted at


Juliet Jimenez is a Freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. She is also minoring in Psychology and taking additional classes in Art and Design. Currently, she has a part-time job as the Graphics Editor at the Purdue Exponent.
Juliet compensates for her lack of experience through her driven and passionate nature. She enjoys a challenge and will work extremely hard to make any project a success. She truly loves helping others and she expresses this passion through creating interfaces that make people’s lives easier. In the future, she hopes to find an internship that allows her to gain experience within User Experience Design. To contact Juliet, please send an email to


Hayley C. Farmer is currently a Sophomore in UX at Purdue University with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. She stays extremely busy by being the Philanthropy chair in her sorority, a freelance nanny, a mentor in a club devoted to women in technology, and a weekly volunteer at Murdock Elementary School where she reads to second graders. In her free time she enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle by hitting the gym everyday and playing on recreational soccer teams. After obtaining her degree in UX, she wants to keep her passion alive and own her own business. Essentially she’d like to become a social entrepreneur where she will focus on creating products and services that solve social needs and problems. Hayley would love to create a new technology that focuses on helping people deal with anxiety, stress, and depression. While she has big dreams and would like to be wildly successful, her goal is to make the world a better place, not to take market share. Hayley C. Farmer thoroughly enjoys being a college student in User Experience Design, but she is eager to get out and make a difference in the world. To get in contact with Hayley follow her on LinkedIn or Twitter @HayCFarmUX, or shoot an email to


Hunter Hollinger is a freshman at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. This summer he interned at MobileIron, a mobile device security company in Mountain View, CA where he developed his proficiency with MS Excel and He is currently looking for an internship in the design business, and brings a strong work ethic combined with eager interest to learn and develop new skills to any team he has the pleasure to work with. He can be reached by email,, or in LinkedIn.


Liyang Qu is a second semester freshman at Purdue University. He is majored in UX design and is planning to take minors in Psychology and Computer Science to explore his career path.
He was born in Wuhan, China. He is the only child in his family. After finishing his middle school at China, His family moved to Fairfax, Virginia and he started his high school there. He showed his interest in graphic design during his first year of high school. As he continually explored the possibility throughout his high school career, He discovered that he enjoys the accomplishment that digital graphic design offered to him and decided to pursue a higher education in it while in college. He has four years extended experience with Photoshop and illustrator. In personal life, He is a devoted Christian and a heavy gamer. He hopes that modern game can place more focus in actual game play design, not money making design.
If you would like to make contact to Liyang Qu, He is using the following Email address:


Creating an omnichannel experience for the Cheers consumer journey, as well as an inclusion of future technologies such as AR/VR.

Rhea, Co-Lead

Rhea Manocha is an undergraduate at Purdue University studying UX Design with minors in Psychology, Management, and Computer Science. She has experience conducting user research for Cerner during a semester project and designing user interfaces for a cybersecurity startup. She is currently working as in intern for OIRAE and as an undergraduate research assistant for the UX Pedagogy and Practice Lab. Outside of the classroom, she helps plan events in Purdue UX and Purdue Hackers. Her work can be found at and she can be reached at

Jessie, Co-Lead

Zexi Zhou is a junior at Purdue University majoring User Experience Design. She is really passionate about graphic design, and wants to be an UI designer in the future. She was born in China, and is currently based in the USA, you can reach her at


Patsy Mata is a junior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. She is passionate about becoming a visual designer in the future. Patsy wants to continue to work on becoming a leader for the upcoming projects in UX. She was born in Hammond, Indiana and would like to travel the world. Her work can be found at and you can reach her at


Sneha Mulki is a freshman at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. Being extremely passionate about learning and gaining in-depth knowledge about various elements of the design field, she aspires to enhance the user experience of digital products. Apart from her professional life, she is an avid-reader and is passionate about playing the guitar. You can reach her at


Kevin McDonald is a Sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology and a Certificate for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. He is an Chick Evans Scholar from Burbank, IL, currently looking for a UX internship for this upcoming summer. He wants to apply design skills and user research to the practical world, in order to add value to the company while developing his capabilities and knowledge base. For more information, contact him at


Austin Straley is a freshman in the UX program at Purdue University. Austin is a sophomore at Purdue and transferred to the program from the Game Studies program also at Purdue. Upon graduation, he hopes to become a specialist in the User Experience Research field of UX. Austin is a dedicated worker who is skilled in English and writing content with a specific tone in mind. For further information, contact him by email at


Abbee Westbrook currently a sophomore at Purdue University studying how humans interact with technology as a User Experience Design major. Abbee is from West Lafayette, Indiana but is excited to see where User Experience takes her. What originally drew Abbee to User Experience was the ability to make technology more accessible to all. In her free time, Abbee enjoys making South American coffee and listening to podcasts. To get in touch with Abbee, she can be reached by email at