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Experience Studios Lead Project Owners

Aiza Hasib, Eleanor Hamilton, and Robin Arnold are our Lead Project Owners this semester. They will each oversee 4-6 teams and work directly to help train 2-3 Project Owners.

Robin, Lead 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. She will be interning with Stryker this summer to work with their software products and streamline the surgical experience. Some of Robin’s key strengths include visual design, wireframing, organization, and collaborative leadership. For professional purposes, she may be contacted 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:

Eleanor, Lead 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. She loves that UX allows her to connect with others everyday. 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! 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 has recently been accepted into the 20th class of Orr Fellows and will be working as a User Experience Designer at Boardable this upcoming June. She can be reached at

Project Owners

Jack Bannon, Brandon Dentler, Brigitte Gurrola, Brooke Carney, Leah Neustedter, Shantanu Kashyap, and Shelby Benton are the Spring 2021 Project Owners. They will manage 2 teams this semester. Jack is working with Sezzle and Helmettracker. Brandon is working with Purdue OWL and Avanade. Brigitte is working with the two VEIL globalization teams, Brooke is working with Peakmind and Affinity, Leah is working with Microsoft and Cerner, and Shantanu is working with HPE and UEGroup.

Jack, Project Owner

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

Brooke, Project Owner

Brooke Carney is a senior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor 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 during the pandemic. Outside of the classroom Brooke enjoys being involved in her community and has a passion for dogs. Her email contact is

Shantanu, Project Owner

Shantanu Kashyap is a UX Design junior at Purdue University focusing on interaction design. He is 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 worked on projects with Microsoft, OmniVis, ABB and Crema. He possesses good communication and leadership skills, problem-solving skills, knowledge of user-centered design. You can reach him at | Portfolio:

Shelby, Project Owner

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 UX Designer, she thrives in the intersection of design, technology, and interaction. Shelby’s unique background in Visual Communication Design and UX has allowed her 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 passion for service design has led her to an interest in B2B and B2C-related products. Shelby is eager to see where UX takes her after graduation in the spring. You can reach her at, and view her work at

Brigitte, Project Owner

Brigitte Gurrola is a senior studying her last semester at Purdue University pursuing her degree in User Experience Design along with the Certificate of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and a psychology minor. She has past internship experience at the National Credit Union Administration’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion as a ux designer and as well as at SupplyKick as a product manager. 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:

Brandon, Project Owner

Brandon Dentler is a current Senior at Purdue University and in his last semester 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 plans to graduate from Purdue University in the Spring of 2021. Brandon’s passion for video games has been with him for his whole life. Family members would often say that he had a game console in his hands before he could even read. You can reach him at

Leah, Project Owner

Leah Neustedter is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design pursuing a minor in Psychology and Communications. She is interested in Visual Design and Project Management, with a specialization in personal fitness, healthcare, and advocacy design. She is passionate about inclusive design and using her skills to give a voice to women, minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented groups. She is well versed in a variety of prototyping tools such as Figma, Sketch and Axure. She will be interning with Garmin this summer to work on personal fitness watches, and will be looking for a full time User Experience Designer position for when she graduates in May 2022. 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


Design a mobile application to assist football equipment managers by building of a machine learning process to track, train and reward users for participating.

Evan, Co-Lead

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 over a year of working in the UX field and in that time has become more robust in his skills. With his time in 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. Feel free to reach out to Evan at

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 thrives in collaborative settings 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


Daniel Chin is a first-year at Purdue University pursuing a major in UX Design with minors in Psychology and Communications as well as a certificate in Entrepreneurship. He has interests in music and art which serve as a basis for his interest in UX where creativity, technology, and psychology intertwine. Daniel has interests in creating accessible design for minorities and underrepresented communities as well as streamlining safety and interaction in the automotive industry. He has experience working in the Adobe suite and has received a nomination for his leadership and design process skills in a design competition by his professor. For professional purposes he may be reached at


Ali Zegar is currently a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. He loves that User Experience Design allows him to express his ideas into his work every day. While not working at his degree, Ali loves to spend his free time by playing trumpet in the Purdue Bands & Orchestras program and also playing video games with his friends, which he would want to merge both of these hobbies into an eventual career choice. He can be reached at


Garrett Fitzgerald is a freshman in the User Experience Design program at Purdue University. Given his enthusiasm for design, technology, and psychology he was immediately drawn to the field and knew there would be no better major to suit his passions. He will pursue a minor in Psychology due to great interest in human behavior, social science, and cognitive science. Along with the PSY minor, Garrett also plans on acquiring the Advanced Global Technology minor or the Entrepreneurship certificate. By obtaining this third disciple he hopes to become more well-rounded either technologically or business wise. You can reach him 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 on LinkedIn.


Katherine Barrientos Moreno is a second year student at Purdue University. She is pursuing a major in User Experience Design, a minor in psychology, and is obtaining a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. She has experience working with Adobe Suite programs after taking computer graphics courses for several years, which also sparked her interest in UX design. She believes that design is a tool that can be used to provide meaningful solutions to people and help others. She has learned basic HTML, CSS, and Javascript and is interested in expanding her coding skills and learning more. She aspires to work in the UX field in the future, with a focus on UI design and visual design. On campus, she is involved with the Women in Technology Club, and serves as the fundraising chair for the Minority Technology Association Club. In these clubs, she helps plan and organize Polytechnic recruitment events. Katherine can be contacted at

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Lauren, Co-Lead

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 here at Purdue. Since being in the program, Lauren has steered away from her original interest of visual design and instead has picked up an interest in methods and primary research. If you would like to get in touch with her, you can reach her at

Ishaan, Co-Lead

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 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. Ishaan is very passionate about entrepreneurship and is currently a brother in DMK, Purdue’s Entrepreneurship Fraternity. Additionally, he is also a part of PUDM, a fundraising club which donates money to the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indiana. For professional purposes he can be contacted at


Aiden Ringer is a Junior at Purdue University pursuing a major in User Experience Design and a certificate in entrepreneurship. He plans on specializing in visual and UI design. He was drawn to UX design because of 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. Through past projects he has had experience with adobe photoshop, illustrator, and premiere pro. Aiden also has some minor programming experience with HTML and CSS. He can be contacted at


Natasha Chambers is a freshman at Purdue University studying User Experience Design, minoring in Psychology and working towards an entrepreneurship certificate. She is excited to be pursuing a specialization in information architecture and interaction design throughout her undergraduate studies. She has previous experience in designing marketing materials and coding emails campaigns through her past internship opportunities and freelance work. Natasha is extremely interested in how human interactions and experiences with online social spaces can result in lasting negative effects and how a UX perspective can drive the search for a solution. You can reach Natasha by email at and on LinkedIn.


Prateek Mondan is a Graduate student at Purdue University, majoring in User Experience Design. With a background in Architecture and over 3 years of experience in Art and Design fields, Prateek brings along a strong design aesthetic and Digital Design skill set. His areas of interest include- Brand Strategy and Marketing, Ethics in Design and Interaction Design. Eventually, Prateek wishes to offer design solutions to emerging startups, helping them meet their goals in the most efficient and innovative ways. In his free time, you can find him experimenting with different mediums and calling it art. He can be reached at


Sarah Palagy is a junior at Purdue University studying UX Design. She is a first year in the design program and pursuing a minor in psychology. Before deciding to pursue UX Design, she was a Biochemistry major with a Pre-Med concentration. This experience has left her with in-depth knowledge of general biology and chemistry, organic chemistry, and anatomy. As for her technical skills, she has experience in Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom. She hopes to specialize in Interaction Design or Information Architecture but is open to experience in any of the UX Design specializations. For professional purposes, she can be reached at


Sadie Bunting is a freshman double majoring in User Experience Design and Political Science and minoring in Psychology at Purdue University. Identifying innovative approaches and solutions to problems both motivates and inspires her. Sadie believes observation, inspiration, and determination are her core values. In Sadie’s past experiences with design, her successes have stemmed from strong communication and a passion for collaboration, innovation, and activism. With these qualities, Sadie is able to facilitate positive change and make an impact on whatever problem she is solving. Sadie has always been passionate about Irish dance and has been teaching Irish dance for 4 years. Sadie hopes to use her love of communicating through the art of dance in her career. Additionally, Sadie is a Product Marketing Intern at e.l.f. Cosmetics, which has given her the opportunity to experience how UX is integrated into other fields like product marketing and development. She can be reached at


The sezzle project will focus on reimagining the mobile, in-app store directory to be more intuitive for shoppers.

Ariana, Co-Lead

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 is excited to continue her research with the DVC Lab and to be a team lead working on a sponsored project with Sezzle. She greatly enjoys user research and the impact that has on visual and interaction design. Her goal is to one day have a job that allows her to create products and designs that improve people’s daily lives. She would love the opportunity to further her design skills in a professional setting through an internship. Ariana can be contacted 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:


Thomas Weese is currently a sophomore at Purdue University and is pursuing a degree in UX Design. He is most passionate about design education, as well as the design of educational systems, and has been involved in developing and testing design education since 2017. In his first semester in the UX program, Thomas looks forward to contributing to his team and getting to know his classmates. His interests include music, coffee, and politics. He can be reached at


Enya Song is a freshman at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. She views user experience as the perfect bridge between creativity and technology that she is looking for in a future career, and hopes to specialize in interaction design. Enya has a small background with basic HTML and hopes to expand her knowledge on front-end programming over the next few years. In addition, Enya enjoys working in teams, and looks forward to improving her communication and problem solving skills while pursuing her degree. Enya can be reached at

Ji Won

Ji Won Lee is a junior at Purdue University, pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. Throughout her academic experiences at Purdue, she is acquiring skills in prototyping, web design, public speaking, and researching. In particular, Ji Won is currently a research assistant in the UCD (user-centered design) team of SuperPower lab and studies user aspects of power analysis software tools. Ji Won would love nothing more than to make 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 Ji Won at lee3400@purdue.edus.


Varun Aravapalli is a Freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in UX design. Varun is originally from Hyderabad, India but moved and grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey. In his free time Varun enjoys both playing and designing video games. Varun has been involved in designing games and robots since 2016. This semester he is excited to do well in his UX classes and work with his team. In addition, Varun also looks forward to improving his communication and leadership skills. He can be reached at


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 in projects with Microsoft, Garmin, Innovatemap, and was recently a team lead for Purdue Office of Engagement, which have allowed her to strengthen her research, design and leadership 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

VEIL UK - Northumbria University

The project will explore key issues relating to migration and data ethics, focusing on outcomes of safety and dignity for migrants. Purdue is collaborating with Northumbria University graduate students.

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 Psychology and a certificate in Collaborative Leadership. Connor’s focus on interaction design and user research within UX. Through his work, Connor creates meaningful, user-centered work to provide experiences beyond expectations. Connor is also currently an undergraduate researcher for the DVC (Design, Visualization, and Cognition) Lab at Purdue University. His future goals involve going into industry after school or continuing onto graduate school. You can contact him at

Kaitlin, Co-Lead

Kaitlin Groothuis is a junior in Purdue’s User Experience Design program, minoring in Psychology. Her roots are in Kokomo, Indiana. 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. Currently, she is a usability consultant intern at Science Gateways Community Institute and an HCI research assistant for a project centered on resource support for human trafficking survivors. She can be reached at


Hitachi Hu is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. Throughout his education, he will work towards communicating with people, working on the job starting from product design toward marketing. He is eager to become a famous UX/UI designer that can work in Silicon Valley or other major consumer electronics firms worldwide someday. Some of Hitachi’s key strengths include an ability to learn quickly, experience in working with a wide range of people, fluency in Mandarin and Japanese, and a multicultural background. For professional purposes, he may be reached at


Shryansi Jain is currently a Sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. Shryansi is especially interested in User Experience design because she thinks it is an excellent combination of technology, design, and psychology. Her love for people and curiosity drives her to do user research and take up new challenges. Shryansi is a technology enthusiast and loves to learn from new experiences and then develop herself. When not studying, Shryansi can be found reading, painting, or practicing with the Raas team–Purdue’s Indian dance team– which competes nationally. Shryansi wants to learn through research programs and internships to develop her career profile and improve her skills. She can be reached at


Madhumitha Rajesh is currently a Freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. She adores the fact that UX enables her to connect with new people everyday. Madhumitha endeavors to create meaningful and enjoyable experiences with users, and makes a good use of her compassion. She is always open to expand her knowledge and loves an interesting challenge! One of Madhumitha’s passions and hobbies in life is tennis and she hopes to integrate the same into her career. When she’s done for the day, she can be found playing with the Purdue tennis club members, a co-ed organization that involves playing the sport intramurally. As a part of the club’s social media team, she’s seen to be utilizing her design and creative skills, running the Instagram page. She can be reached at


Matthew Will is a Junior at Purdue University, and is in his second year within the UX Design Program. In his first year as a student in UX, Matthew has gained professional experience working with companies Avanade and Indiana Farmers Insurance on student-led projects, and expanding his repertoire of design and research skills in his various course work. Matthew has specific interests in the areas of UX Research and Visual Design, and is skilled with design programs such as Figma with minor experience in coding languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. On the personal side, Matthew enjoys hobbies such as running and playing video games in his free time, as well as improving his writing ability and design skills. He is looking for internship opportunities for the summer of 2021, and you can reach him at


Veronica Tsang is a sophomore at Purdue University studying UX Design with a double minor in Psychology and Communications. She is from Palo Alto, California, and aspires to work in Product Design. She has actively engaged in design, development, and execution globally, in Education-Technology, Insurance, and Online Cooking industries. Her Google Apprenticeship provided her first-hand experience in UX design, project management, and Blockchain. Volunteering three years at the VA Hospital sharpened her detail-oriented skills as she tested blood samples, performed data analyses, and assisted in three human autopsies. Outside of work and classes, Veronica can be found thrifting, baking cookies, or swimming. She can be reached at


Zachary Nahorski is a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in UX Design. He wants to build stronger and more effective applications that anyone can sit down and seamlessly use. Prior to beginning his journey in the User Experience Design field, he spent three years working through graphic design classes at his local high school, where he built up a strong understanding and level of skill. Zachary also excelled in video production at his high school, which ultimately led to him receiving the Video Student of the Year award. He is proficient in the Adobe CC suite with programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. He also has a basic level of programming experience in Python, HTML, and Java. In his free time, Zachary likes to bike, practice photography, and follow tech industry news. He can be reached at


SeokHwan (James) Chang is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology. He has a specific interest in UI Design and Interaction Design, which eventually led him to an internship opportunity at LeadSigma as part of the UI Design Team. 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. James is comfortable with Adobe CC programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. He also has basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JS. James is bilingual in Korean and English, and able to communicate fluently in both languages. James can be contacted at

VEIL China - Beijing Normal

The project will analyze the different aspects of the US and Chinese digitally literate* mobile banking users to pioneer future design opportunities and build an affinity between the two cultures.

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

Colin, Co-Lead

Colin Mulron is a User Experience design student at Purdue University. As a senior, Colin expects to graduate in the Summer 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.


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


Jensen Burr is currently a Sophomore at Purdue University who is pursuing a degree in User Experience design a minor in Management and a cornerstone in Communications. Jensen decided to pursue User Experience because he wants to make products more accessible to the user and really enjoys working to solve difficult problems. When conducting research for projects his top are empathy and bringing that emotion and understanding of others and curating that into a solution. These are important skills because he hopes to specialize in usability analysis. He is always looking to other professionals to learn more and will accept any challenge given to him. Outside of work Jensen’s hobbies include start up and working on his own sneaker and clothing business. He also enjoys volunteering for his community when he has time. Jensen can be emailed at or on LinkedIn.


Samantha Hayden is currently a freshman at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design with a planned minor in psychology. Samantha landed on user experience design after searching for a degree that could combine her love of science and logical thinking with her passion for design and computer graphics. Some of Sam’s top skills are communication and organization. Outside of the classroom, Sam is involved in College Mentors for Kids, the Honor’s College, and Campus House, a campus-based church. If you would like to reach Samantha Hayden, feel free to email her at


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 narrative 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 and visual design. As a designer, her goal is to make the interactions people have with the products they use, as meaningful, comfortable and enjoyable as she can. Some of her best ideation and inspiration comes when she’s not looking. So when she’s not designing, you’ll find her painting, trekking or playing board games! Feel free to reach out to Janhavi Shah on LinkedIn


Seo Hyun (Erica; preferred) Kim is a junior at Purdue University studying UX Design and pursuing entrepreneurship certificate. She has an interest in web development and user interface design related to the IT field, such as artificial intelligence or automated vehicles. Her interest in design arose back in high school when studying for an Image Consultant Certificate and receiving one in Korea. She has a decent experience in industrial design for the past two years pursued at Purdue which could be a huge help. She is proficient in Adobe programs and some 3-D CAD/ rendering programs. She also has little experience with basic HTML and CSS and is interested in learning more. One of her motivations in life is music and she also plays with digital instruments in her free time for fun. Erica can be reached at


Toyin Awosanya is a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a B.S. degree in User Experience Design. She became attracted to User Experience design by the combination of technology, art, product development, and human interaction to build meaningful products. She liked the idea of working on a team with people from different backgrounds to strategically create useful designs with the user in mind. Within the field of UX, she is interested in user research because she would like to gain a better understanding of users to know their wants and needs. She hopes to be a part of research projects and internships to polish her skills and gain more experience in the field. Aside from school, she enjoys learning about different cultures and technology to gain a wider perspective of the world and boost her creativity. If you would like to get in touch, feel free to contact her 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. In the
future, Emily hopes to combine her appreciation for entertainment by designing experiences for
the future of streaming services. Her 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


Combining elements of market and UX research, we will explore other products and the needs of the target users. We will utilize our results to redesign PEAKmind’s platform to be a better tool for mental health advocacy and employee empowerment.

Brein, Co-Lead

Brein Gross is a Junior at Purdue University 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 user research and project management and believes that the best designs are ones that embrace and utilize the chaotic energy of a project. Outside of her busy life as a student, she performs with the Purduettes, a woman’s choir, and ambassador program at Purdue. She serves on the 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

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


Mina is a junior 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. For more information or inquiries, Mina can be reached at


Ethan Bartucca is a freshman at Purdue University shooting for a degree in UX Design and certificate in Collaborative Leadership. One of his favorite things is planning social events for him and his friends to attend and meeting new people to expand his social and professional horizons. His caring attitude allows him to put empathy and intuition into his designs for the user’s best interest. He is proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and enjoys visual work. He can be reached at


Alex Truong is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing UX Design and minoring in Psychology. He has an interest in creating front-end websites and is specializing in Web Development. He participated in Purdue’s Corporate Partners Datamine program and worked with Delta Faucet to understand customer satisfaction and marketing through user research and data visualization. He is proficient in various Adobe programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere. He also has programming experience with Java, Python, HTML and SCSS along with statistics programming in R. In his free time, Alex spends time drawing, writing, playing cRPGs, and eyeing selvedge denim and loopwheeled sweaters. He is involved in the Purdue Boxing Club and is looking to compete in Indy someday. He can be reached at


Jed Burgos is a current sophomore at Purdue University and is in his first year within the User Experience Design program. Along with his plan of obtaining a Bachelor’s in UX Design, he is also pursuing a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. Jed has a deep interest in forming meaningful connections with others and is driven by his passion to create innovative solutions, which is how he gained heavy interest in this field. He is actively learning ways to self-develop as both an individual and a UX Designer, in hope to make a lasting impact on the world. He is thrilled to utilize his creativity, interpersonal, and communicational skills, as well as embarking on the beginning of his UX journey this spring semester. For more information, you can contact him 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. You can learn more about her and her projects by going to her portfolio She can also be reached at for more information.


Alexa Efthymiou is a freshman at Purdue University and is in her first year of the UX Design Program. She has recently been inspired to also pursue a double major in Finance and a minor in Psychology. Alexa loves to communicate with others and learn about their experiences which she can then partner with her interest in design and technology. This shaped her goal to create effective user interfaces for large companies that will positively influence people all over the nation or even the globe. She hopes to also become proficient in varying coding languages and learn the technical side behind computers so that she can expand her knowledge to other sectors of the industry that will ultimately set her ahead. Alexa strives to be a leader in the design community and form connections that will last a lifetime. While she is already fairly well-rounded, she hopes to further embrace this quality through her commitment to greek life in Zeta Tau Alpha, intramural soccer, and tech-related extracurriculars. She can be contacted at


Currently LeadSigma is on-boarding clients manually in a three week-long process. Our objective is to understand the on-boarding process in the LeadSigma’s web-application and then redesign the process based on our findings.

Camile, Co-Lead

Camile Hardt is a sophomore pursuing a degree in User Experience Design and a minor in psychology. She is from Overland Park, Kansas. She plans to specialize in visual design and prototyping. 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

Anna, Co-Lead

Anna Kelley is a current junior at Purdue University, studying User Experience Design. Anna has been fortunate enough to work with other designers at Purdue to help her recognize her strengths in UI design. She hopes to keep working in this sub-field and grow in her understanding of data visualization. When she is not designing, she is eager to work on campus to advocate for people who have disabilities through her position as an activity coordinator for Best Buddies. As well as working as a technology advocate to help faculty and students reach their online class goals. Anna’s hobbies include painting, cooking, and taking care of her aquatic tank. In the future, she hopes to travel outside of the country and learn more about design in other parts of the world. Anna can be reached at her personal email


Katie 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 enjoys electronic drawing when she has free time and is on an apparel committee where she can recommend her designs. She decided to study UX Design because it gave her the ability to combine her interests in design and technical aspects. She decided to minor in psychology when she saw how the human functions greatly influence the design of technology. 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


​Mason Knight is a freshman at Purdue University studying for a Bachelor of Science in User Experience Design and minor in Computer Science and Psychology. He is from Albany, Indiana. He plans on specializing in user interface and visual design. Being creative has always been an interest for him, usually in the form of art. The combination of design and innovation is an important reason for him to pursue a career in UX Design. Other interests include drawing and playing tennis. Apart from that, Mason is also an active member of Purdue Design IRL Engineering learning community. He can be contacted at ​​.


Caroline Wang is a sophomore studying user experience design with a specialization in video games and a minor in business management. She is from Zionsville, Indiana, and currently attends Purdue University. She loves cats, tea, gaming, baking, sewing, and drawing. She enjoys spending her time contemplating life and having daily existential crises. Recently, Caroline has been working on her digital art skills, social skills, and sleeping skills. Caroline is passionate about many important things like world hunger and racial inequality. She is also very passionate about unimportant things like hating Tiktok, spiders, astrology, Disney+, and acrylic nails. Caroline tries her best to succeed in college by making as many friends as her introvert brain can allow, studying as much as her ADHD brain can bear, and trying to stay positive about life.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 in innovative product design and development, and he loves to present projects and ideas. He is striving to develop soft and hard skills in this industry. Jiajun’s key strengths are the strong and unlimited desire to learn and to accomplish challenging and meaningful projects. His email is


Olivia Eavey is currently a junior in the User Experience Program, here at Purdue University. She was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana with a lot of background in STEM. Olivia became interested in UX Design through an academic advisor/academic coach that led her through the Myers Briggs personality tests, along with a variety of strengths and weakness tests. She was a member of the Bartholomew County Youth Leadership Award as a senior at Columbus North High School. Olivia loves to reach out to her community, whether it is at her home town or here, and get involved with different groups and volunteering organizations. You can learn more about her through LinkedIn and contact her via email at


Grace Goudreau is a freshman pursuing a degree in User Experience Design at Purdue University with a certificate in Leadership. Grace is from Saint Charles Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She loves the interdisciplines that UX involves and is very excited to get her first year of study under her belt. She is specializing in product design, another one of the parts she loves about UX. Grace is passionate in creating things that the users love, she wants to make the world an easier place to live in. She has always loved being creative and has loved how she found a degree where she gets to combine those two things. Grace can be contacted at


We are working with Technology for Humankind to simplify their current setup process for the filimin Friendship lamps which focus on ensuring meaningful connections with friends over long distances.

Alex, Co-Lead

Alex Gearhart is a sophomore in Purdue’s User Experience Design program pursuing a minor in communications and a certificate of entrepreneurship. He enjoys working at startup companies and had an internship with a startup called LeadSigma over winter break. During this internship, Alex learned how to use design tools such as Figma, Procreate, and Illustrator. Although he does not have much experience with physical prototyping, he hopes to learn much much more this semester. He can be reached at

Stesha, Co-Lead

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 and the physical interactions that UX Designers can enable for their users. 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. She has also started working towards a certificate in leadership. 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. She has also become interested in data visualization due to her work on infographics in her first experience studio. 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


Brookley McCullough is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. She joined the program because of the focus on people, the creative design, and the ambitious nature of the program. Some of her top skills include communication, empathy, and creative out of the box thinking. She is a teaching assistant for the Women in Technology Seminar, currently involved in Shoemaker Cooperative, the Women in Technology club, including a mentoring program called Witty Sisters, and the children’s ministry at her church. In her free time, Brookley can be found hiking, painting, and crafting incredibly small charms and nick nacks. To contact Brookley, reach out through email at or LinkedIn.


Jordan Johnson is a sophomore studying UX Design and is pursuing a Certificate of Entrepreneurship at Purdue University. She was born in Texas but raised in Kentucky, Alabama, and Arkansas, but considers West Lafayette, IN her hometown. She was drawn to UX because of its components of graphic design, business, and social psychology. In addition to her athletic background in tennis she is interested in interaction design and has experience in customer service. She has had a hand in creating posters, and small logos which has given her experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as well as other third-party programs. She is heavily involved in the Purdue Exploratory Studies program as a student ambassador, teaching assistant, and mentor. She can be reached at


Richie Arkanoff is a Freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design. He is passionate about creating technology that serves everyone seamlessly and adapts to an ever-changing landscape. He is an Eagle Scout and part of the National Youth Leadership Training program of the Boy Scouts of America, where he mentors and leads students through communication, teaching, and leadership skills. He was drawn to the program because of its emphasis on shaping technology through collaborative strategy and design. In his free time, Richie can be found enjoying hiking, listening to podcasts, and exploring new apps. He can be contacted through email or other social mediums ;


Claire Johnson is a sophomore at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with a minor in Spanish. She is planning to specialize in Interaction Design or User Research, but is still exploring different areas of UX Design. As a first year in the program, Claire hopes to learn more about the UX Design process and to do undergraduate research in the future. Claire also has a background in coding and is interested in current and future intersections between Artificial Intelligence and UX Design. Outside of class she can be found drawing, learning about fashion history, or taking care of her many plants. She can be reached at


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


We have been tasked by the UE Group to design a mobile app for the startup UpHome. The goal is to design a mobile app that will make it easier for users to measure and visualize replacement showers with an augmented reality experience.

Anika, Co-Lead

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 has worked with Microsoft and Omnivis the past two semesters and learned new visual design skills. Her extracurriculars include being involved with cheerleading on campus as well as competing in her own nationals competition every year. She looks forward to completing an internship with Carrier this summer and to gain valuable UX experience in the corporate setting. You can reach her at

Jarred, Co-Lead

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 WordPress and website design. 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. Jarred has worked alongside many successful companies including Omnivis, Affinity, and LeadSigma, and he is looking for another internship this summer within the field of UX to further his experiences. His work can be seen at and can be contacted via email at


JerryLee Anglin is currently a Sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a B.S. in User Experience Design with a certificate in Entrepreneur & Innovation. His deep interest in UX is centered on how it connects everything you interact with in life. Jerry strives to create intuitive designs that compel users to have meaningful and connectable experiences. He is always eager to learn and expand into new methods and approaches to solve some of the most difficult challenges when designing for users. Jerry hopes he will be able to enter sound and film related fields with the knowledge he possesses with a UX background. When he’s not designing, Jerry can be found practicing on Purdue’s fencing club, specifically fencing epee. He also has recently taken a position to be a Peer Mentor for the Fall 2021 Freshman in Purdue’s Horizons intro course. Beyond official activities, Jerry enjoys playing violin and making stop motion films as a hobby. He can be reached at:


Anna Salcedo is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design, minoring in psychology and receiving a certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation and collaborative leadership. Stemming from a passion for graphic and visual design, she recently started her own sweatshirt company featuring her personal designs. She has a part-time job at Campus Edge on Pierce where she works as a Community Assistant. She is a member of the Gamma Iota chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She is proficient with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, InDesign and AfterEffects. She constantly pushes her design abilities and utilizes her own creativity. She chose the User Experience Design field because she wants to make something that has the ability to impact someone. Anna can be reached through email or Linkedin; or LinkedIn.


Sarahy Duenas is a sophomore at Purdue University double majoring in UX Design and Public Relations & Strategic Communications. In previous internships, Sarahy has focused on visual communications and printables such as infographics, brochures, and flyers. Intrigued with new and emerging technologies, Sarahy hopes to work in the tech industry after graduation. She aspires to be the best UX designer she can be and is hopeful that she will work for a large tech company in the future. Sarahy found her calling in UX design due to its combination of psychology and technology, both of which captivate her. She is engaged in the community that she lives in and is inspired by the world around her. Sarahy is a current board member on Purdue’s ALPFA chapter and a peer mentor for the Brian Lamb School of Communications. You can contact her at or on LinkedIn.


Christina Vandenoever is currently a first-year student at Purdue University and in pursuit of a degree in User Experience Design. She is happy to know that her future career in UX Design can benefit others as well as herself. With UX Design, Christina hopes to make a positive impact on users in need of products. Christina has two passions in life, creativity and helping others, and she hopes to be able to incorporate them into her career. User Experience design will create opportunities for Christina to help others by doing research and applying her creativity to her designs. Outside of the studio, Christina can be found either studying with classmates or playing tennis on the courts on campus. She can be reached at


Kushal Kumar Nerella is currently a Grad student at Purdue’s Masters in CGT with an undergraduate degree in Information Technology. After his graduation he worked as a Developer for over two years developing applications for both Mobile and Web platforms. He plans to combine his aptitude in programming with Design principles to create engaging Interactive applications and solve User Experience problems as a Product Designer. He can be reached at


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 global leadership, graphic design, public speaking, Spanish speaking, and public relations. With these interdisciplinary skills at the forefront, her professional goals are centered around creating inclusive digital environments via intuitive user research and fluid visual design. To connect with Bridget, email her at


KidsLoveFun is a startup company that creates interactive robots for 3-6 years old children to help them foster healthy teeth brushing habits. We will create a mobile app concept that helps track teeth-brushing data to provide insights on how the child could brush better and will provide information to dentists and parents on their progress.

Rheaa, Co-Lead

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 reached at or on LinkedIn at LinkedIn

Gabriella, Co-Lead

Gabriella Goss is currently a sophomore at Purdue University studying User Experience Design. I intend to minor in Psychology and Communications with a certificate in Collaborative Leadership.She aspires to be able to lead a team in creating innovative, practical designs that will help people to lead easier, more sustainable lives. She has prior experience in leadership through three years of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. She attended this seminar in 2017 and has volunteered over 400 hours of community service to return each year as a junior assistant staff member, and special assistant staff member. Outside of academia and leadership, She loves musical theatre, films, and tennis. Email Gabriella at or reach out on social media for any inquiries!


Walter Dorau is a Sophomore User Experience Design student at Purdue University, formerly an Information Technology student specializing in cyber security at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has a passion for the gaming industry and wishes to pursue visual design, prototyping, and development. His skill set consists of entry level web development and HCI as well as intermediate knowledge in programming with Python and Java. Outside of the workplace, Walter likes to play video games, some favorites being League of Legends, Destiny 2, The Dark Souls series, and Horizon Zero Dawn. He also enjoys skating, tabletop gaming, computer technician and consultant work, and cosplay. He is always looking to network and can be reached at,, or on LinkedIn.


Sarah Deak is a junior majoring in User Experience Design at Purdue University with a minor in Psychology, 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 data visualization, front-end development, and visual design. 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


Aidan Sabatino is a Freshman at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design. Originally from Elmhurst, Illinois he has always been interested in computers and automobiles. While growing up, he would always note the trouble that his parents had with their in-car displays. This, along with his combined passion for creativity, has led to a desired position in the automotive industry, specifically in hopes of improving in-car entertainment through UX. In addition to this, Aidan has many creative outlets including playing guitar and piano, producing music, and creating digital art. Aidan is a very quick learner, always willing to help, and is driven to make a positive impact in any way possible. You can contact Aidan at


Sophie Haydar is a Sophomore studying User Experience Design at Purdue University with a double minor in Math and French. She appreciates how UX Design allows her to combine her passions of modern technology and design thinking to create products that people will love using. She believes her natural ability to relate to other people will aid her in her pursuit of creating technology that is for everyone and anyone, regardless of their ableness or background. In her spare time she enjoys practicing her calligraphy and designing custom pieces of art for her friends and family. She hopes to design technology that will bring so many more people that same joy. 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 games. You can reach him at


Design a meaningful, social experience that will bring the older and younger generations together. This experience should motivate younger generations to naturally connect with their elders, alleviate the boundaries on communication, and promote the unity and wellbeing of everyone.

Chorong, Co-Lead

Chorong Park is a second year master’s student at Purdue University pursuing User Experience Design. She was a Lead Project Owner/TA in ES last semester, and a TA for Prof. Rashe in 256 now. As a Research helper for Design, Visualization, & Cognition Lab run by Dr. Parsons, she enjoys analyzing and gathering user behavior data, as well as Human Computer Interaction (HCI) publications using various research methods. Her focus research area for capstone is in eHealth care, older adults and Human Computer Interaction. She strives to solve for human needs and by creating meaningful human experiences. As an advocate for the user, empathy drives her design decisions throughout the process. Her previous degree is earned from University of Illinois in Graphic Design received Cum Laude. 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, Figma, Sketch, InVision, and other prototyping tools. She can be reached at

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. Driven by her eagerness to explore new ideas and design spaces, she involves herself in a multitude of hobbies or side hustles such as gaming, dancing, journaling, streaming, creating digital art, and marketing for clubs. She considers herself a deep thinker, a motivated planner, and a valuable friend. After graduation, she envisions her career in the digital technology or gaming field, developing meaningful immersive experiences for users while working a small side hustle. At school, she enjoys studying at a cafe, being in a dance crew, and burning food when cooking with friends. If you would like to reach out, you are welcome to contact her through email at


Alexander Lederman is a junior at Purdue University majoring in User Experience Design and pursuing a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He first became interested in the field of user-centered design after working as an intern for three years at Oracle and partnering on projects with other companies such as National Geographic. His love for critical thinking and creativity is why he spends his spare time studying chess, exploring the outdoors, and practicing his culinary skills. Alexander believes that the purpose of any product is to improve a user’s comfort, health, or accessibility. Because of this, he wants to utilize his creative design skills by working on projects that create a positive social impact. He can be reached at


Titan Hoang is a freshman at Purdue University studying UX Design and Psychology. He is a very detail-oriented and analytical person who plans to specialize in UX Research, studying users’ behaviors and habits. Having worked at Eli Lilly as a summer intern, he’s had experience working with a team of UX Designers, documenting their UX approaches and processes. Upon completing his degree at Purdue University, he would like to work as a User Researcher at Eli Lilly or Salesforce in Indianapolis. He believes that empathy is a central trait everyone needs to develop, as it promotes peace and understanding with each other. He aspires to help people through learning of their struggles and creating solutions to their needs. To contact Titan, you can reach him at


Olivia Le is in her first year of User Experience Studios at Purdue University, pursuing a degree in User Experience Design and a minor in Psychology. Olivia loves how User Experience combines the best of both worlds; design and empathy. She is passionate about visual design and neuroscience. Olivia has found profound interest in specializing in education or healthcare with a goal to create meaningful and impactful experiences for users. She is familiar with the Adobe programs; Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects. When she is not designing, she enjoys playing piano, videography, food-touring, and traveling. Olivia is always looking forward to new opportunities and challenges and can be reached at


Evan Burr is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a minor in Management. For the past four years he has participated in business startup weekends being awarded multiple top-three finishes for his business plan pitches.
Evan has put his ideas into practice through incubating concepts for consumer products and an application. He develops his maker skills through fabrication workshops. Evan appreciates physical product design and expanding his digital design capabilities. For the past five years he has been a reseller of hype clothing and shoes across online marketplaces. Post graduation Evan hopes to work with emerging technologies that can bring innovation to consumers. He’d eventually like to found his own start-up. He can be reached at


Sophie Regele is currently a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a degree in User Experience Design with a double minor in Psychology and Spanish and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Her previous experiences of traveling abroad and living in a multicultural family has allowed her to have a great global outlook and appreciation for understanding new cultures. She wishes to incorporate this into her UX design work as she will study a very diverse array of users. Sophie is familiar with using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Figma. She also has some coding experience in Python and Html. When Sophie is not designing, she enjoys doing a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing and scuba diving. For professional purposes, Sophie can be reached at


Our project focuses on HPE GreenLake Central and Adobe Analytics. GreenLake Central, one of HPE’s platforms, provides public cloud services and infrastructure as-a-service for the user’s workloads. It also serves as a portal for customers to see the services together.

Laura, Co-Lead

A student at Purdue University, Laura Makary found her passion in User Experience Design with a certificate in Collaborative Leadership and minors in Anthropology and Art and Design. She is currently pursuing her passion for design-centered research as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Colin Gray’s Pedagogy and practice lab, and hopes to pursue a career in the intersection of design education and education reform in the future. In the past, 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 socializing at meetings for cultural student organizations, working on a painting or illustration, or immersed in a book. She can be reached 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


Jared Buls is a UX designer interested in front-end design and interaction with others. Jared is interested in traveling, competition, and learning various skills. He grew up in a small college town known as Valparaiso, Indiana. He grew up there his whole life with a large family of eight in total along with a small dog. He always was involved with a variety of sports growing up, which translated into a love for gaming in his later years. He went to Purdue knowing that he wanted to work with people and technology, and after a year found that UX design was the perfect fit. He really enjoys being creative and collaborative in the early stages of the design process and then seeing the end result. Jared plans to someday work in UX for a large tech company in a different country and strives to be the head of major projects for that company.


Hyebeen Lee, who also goes by Cindy, is a current junior at Purdue University in her third semester in the UX Design program, with 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; thus in the near future, she aspires to become a designer who can help make an 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. Currently, she has been focusing on the use of Adobe Photoshop and ProCreate on the iPad. Cindy can be reached via email at


Erin Thomas is a freshman in the User Experience Design program. For her, UX Design has been an amazing journey that she can’t wait to explore in the future as she learns more this semester. One of her lifelong passions has been art and design, and after some career research, she knew that UX was the major for her. She loves how UX is a beautiful blend of technology, psychology, and design. She looks at the world around me and sees UX as a way to help people while she pursues her passions. Outside of the classroom, you can find her filling in her sketchbook or longboarding. You can reach her at or on LinkedIn.


Alex Schrankel is a Junior at Purdue University studying User Experience Design with minors in Communications and Design and Innovation. She was born in Mahilyow, Belarus, then was adopted and moved to Osan Airbase, South Korea, and then to Kansas City, Missouri when she was young. Her experiences with many cultures benefited her in many ways including her ability to work and collaborate with people from many backgrounds. She has a particular interest in research and strategy. Her career aspirations include being an Insights and Experience Strategy Designer (IXS) or a User Researcher. She found passions for brand strategy, service design, and business innovation while studying Marketing in the Krannert School of Management. After switching to User Experience Design she developed a love for ethnography, storytelling, design research, and product development. Starting off as a marketing major, she understands the user and how they think. With her degree, she strives to use analytical and creative thinking to solve problems and create a positive impact on the user through research, design, and empathy. She can be reached at


Jacquelyn Chim is currently a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a B.S in User Experience Design and a minor in Psychological Sciences. Born in San Francisco, California, the heart of the Bay Area, Jacquelyn is passionate to make her hometown more connected with advancing technology. She has previous background in HTML, CSS, Java Script, and Python and hopes to expand her knowledge of front-end programming in the next few years. She’s an entrepreneur who works at Teeny Makerspace and wants to provide a space with the materials to create projects for teenagers. She also teaches K-12 simple hard skills such as soldering and Arduino. Jacquelyn strives to work at Riot Games and to improve UI and UX designs in their upcoming games. She can be reached via email at


Design a digital tool for patients with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition. Our goals are to incorporate pain points of users with type 2 diabetes addressing blood glucose levels, recommended insulin dosage, and other daily accommodations for these patients.

Anne, Co-Lead

Anne Pivonka is a sophomore at Purdue University studying UX Design with a minor in Psychology and certificates in Entrepreneurship and 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 making monthly playlists, playing guitar, hiking, or at a coffee shop. Anne is interested in an opportunity to continue to learn and develop her skills over the summer and can be reached at her email

Tori, Co-Lead

Tori Martin is a Junior majoring in User Experience Design with a minor in Psychology at Purdue University. As a UX designer, she strives to incorporate her bold and upbeat personality to design with the intention of enhancing human-centered experiences. Her ambition is to place stakeholders’ needs at the core of her while designing intentionally and empathetically. Whether the focus is on visual design, content marketing strategy, or overall customer experience, Tori is inspired by the idea that digital production can solve challenging human needs. Actively involved in Kappa Alpha Theta at Purdue University, Tori served as the Online Media Director for her sorority, strengthening skills in brand messaging and visual design. This past Summer, Tori also gained experience interning at a marketing agency where she found a greater connection between UX and marketing that she hopes to keep pursuing. Tori can be reached at


Jacqueline Marks is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a B.S. in 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 which is what drew her to UX Design.. 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


Janna Johns is a junior at Purdue University studying User-Experience Design, pursuing minors in Psychology and Art & Design. Janna has also completed Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship, which provided her with leadership skills, communication skills, and business knowledge. As an aspiring UX Designer, she is interested in the specialization of interaction design within the areas of medical technology, eco-friendly products, and entertainment. Outside of work, Janna enjoys running her business making and selling polymer clay earrings, digital portraits, and acrylic paintings. She is involved on campus with the Purdue Navigators and College Mentors for Kids. You can also find Janna giving cooking lessons at Purdue’s RecWell Center, as she often says, “boiler up, forks down”. She can be reached at


Luke Matheny is a freshman at Purdue University. He is majoring in UX because he finds the connection between human psychology and technology fascinating. Luke discovered this passion during quarantine when he began to learn how to create interfaces for mobile apps. It did not take long for him to be hooked. He came to Purdue to learn as much as he could about the subject. In his free time Luke enjoys staying fit and playing all kinds of sports. Basketball was always the sport that Luke spent the most time on, but lately he’s been really into playing sports like tennis and golf. He also enjoys playing cards with his friends. He can be reached at


Alanna Xu is currently a freshman at Purdue University pursuing a major in User Experience Design. She chose UX because it is creative, empathetic, and dedicated to creating an enjoyable experience. She is passionate about visual arts, hoping to build a career that incorporates creativity in a visuals oriented industry. Unsure of which path she wishes to pursue within UX, Alanna is still exploring the field and open to dabbling in different roles and industries. Outside of UX, she spends time reading books and webcomics, drawing, and appreciating other artists’ works. People and portraits are her preferred focus. She has experience with digital illustration and design in Photoshop and Illustrator. Alanna can be reached at


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed daily life in a multitude of ways. The number of sources and voices trying to inform and guide the public have risen. Our goal is to create a digital experience that will be a "central source of truth" about the COVID-19 pandemic for the West Lafayette area.

Zoë, Co-Lead

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 LeadSigma, a startup based in Kansas. 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

Jen, Co-Lead

Jen Nazareth is a junior 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 has learned some web development in her studio classes and is currently learning about Arduinos. 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 and accessible experience. If she isn’t busy enjoying her thai tea boba, she can be reached at


Meryl is a sophomore at Purdue University pursuing a B.S. in User Experience Design with a minor in Design & Innovation and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. She was able to gain experience with UX and UI prototyping, user research, and product design this past summer during her remote internship with New York–based company, My Social Canvas. This opportunity further solidified Meryl’s passion for user-focused technology using applications such as Figma, Autodesk, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Outside of the classroom, Meryl is a Senator for the Polytechnic Institute within Purdue Student Government and a Project Leader for the Publicity Committee of the Purdue Student Union Board. Meryl is confident that her campus involvements have helped strengthen her communication, leadership, and product management skills. She also enjoys playlist making, podcast listening, concert-going, skiing, and while she does not consider it to be one of her natural talents, Meryl has recently been working on her rollerskating abilities. She can be reached at or on LinkedIn.


Aidan McDonnell is a Freshman studying UX Design at Purdue University. He believes in the importance of user experience in bridging the gap between technology and people. He is fascinated by emerging technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, and he hopes to work on them in the future. He aims to create experiences with a focus on simplicity and ease of use without sacrificing functionality. In his free time, he can be found playing video games or producing music. He can be contacted at


Emily Vaselopulos is currently a freshman at Purdue University studying User Experience (UX) Design. She’s fascinated with how humans interact with technology and how this impacts their interactions with others. With interests in graphic design, product development, and human psychology, Emily hopes to create design experiences that are engaging, elegant, and enjoyable. Over the summer of 2019, Emily had the great opportunity working under the wing of a UX designer for Facebook where she received valuable base-level experience in the field. She can be reached at


Andrew Dobler is a first-year sophomore studying User Experience Design at Purdue University. Working in Purdue’s UX program will give him the opportunity to hone his skills in visual and interaction design. He aims to land a job in consulting after graduating where he can work in a position that allows him to be involved in several areas of the design process. The strengths that will get him there are communication, perspective-taking, technological fluency, analytical thinking, quick learning, and a great eye for aesthetics. Andrew is looking to contribute to websites’ designs while also making it an intuitive experience through natural heuristics. He can be reached 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. She is also the risk manager of her cooperative house and the social media chair 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