As a professional problem-seeker, visualizer and future-thinker, I am committed to the transformation of the ordinary into the meaningful, the useful, and the wonderful.
As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University, I research social design practice and teach courses in the industrial design major. I am currently studying how emerging technology and design can increase youth capacity to engage with social issues facing their communities in order to better understand how design can empower youth to advocate for and enact positive, lasting, social change.
As a Co-founding Board Member for Local Tech Heroes, I help to empower underserved students to solve big problems in their communities using emerging technologies and design processes in Central Ohio.
AND, as a Design Thinker and Aero-Robotics Program Director at Safety Third Racing, I am currently inspiring the next generation of thinkers and dreamers through interactive aero-robotics programming at the Idea Foundry in Columbus, OH - workshops, classes, races, competitions and events, even First-Person-View (FPV) Drone Racing!
My background is as an industrial and visual communications designer. I also have experience in design research, UI/UX design and physical computing.
My spare time is filled with FPV Drone Racing (check out my team Safety Third Racing), birding, geocaching, cloud-spotting, all forms of frisbee, physical hacking, typography, boomerang, sketch-noting, biking, almost all games, science, info-graphics, gadgets and pie.