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Class of 2022

Meet the MHCI+D class of 2022!

Anshuman Dhar

I'm a student with an insatiable curiosity with a persistent outlook to life, in learning new things and achieving the high goals I set for myself. All while being a sucker for pixel perfection ✨, intuitive interactions⚡and delightful motion 💫 (is my love for emojis a little too on the nose?)

Designing to me, is solving problems that matter, and I want to design experiences that empower users through accessible and delightful design 💪🏽.

Outside of lab, you can find me playing with stray cats and dogs, at the court 🏀or simply dancing to music by myself."

Aspen Tng

Hey, I’m Aspen. I’m a product designer with a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining MHCI+D, I was a product designer for Singapore’s national digital identity platform (Singpass app), designing and shipping features that heavily prioritized the trust and privacy of citizens. I also initiated and built the product's first design system, working closely with PMs, UX researchers, engineers, and fellow designers in that process.

I’m excited about emerging technologies, especially those at the intersection of physical and digital. As a designer with a background in physical design, digital design, and human computer interaction, I would love to support the integration of such technologies into our daily lives - designing for trust or exploring interaction patterns that are medium-specific or use case-specific.

Outside of design, I enjoy playing sports and I’m always down for bouldering or to play soccer!

Charlie Blue Brahm

Hi there, I'm Charlie Blue! I use they/them pronouns. I'm interested in UX research on technologically mediated experiences which scaffold care and self-reflection.

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 2018 with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, I went to work as a PM at Microsoft in Operating Systems Security. My time as a PM gave me broad exposure to the complete end-to-end product lifecycle: determining business and strategic considerations, partnering with product designers and customers to understand existing challenges and co-design a solution, collaborating with engineering to enact product changes, driving the shipping and public-facing documentation process, and finally working with our data team to analyze our in-market product.

This wide range of experiences showed me that I would better fit into a design research role. I was consistently drawn towards the problem solving approach of the designers I worked with, which centered users’ needs and wants. I also saw how crucial getting qualitative customer feedback was to designing a high-quality product. Additionally, I realized that although security is a crucial factor which I will always strive to integrate into my design practice, I really thrive when working in complicated emotional problem spaces. I am interested in technology which supports mental and emotional health, specifically in the realm of grief, end-of-life care, and death acceptance.

Cynthia Lao

Hi, I’m Cynthia! I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I discovered HCI during the latter half of undergrad and I became very interested in it, so now I’m here! I'm excited for this 180 career switch and exploring the world of HCI here at UW.

In my free time, I like to play Valorant, dance, and work out. I also enjoy cooking, hiking, and bouldering.

Daniel Rodriguez Suarez

Dominic Giardini

Hi, I'm Dominic! I grew up in Franklin, MA, an hour south of Boston. I went to school at Colby College in Waterville, ME where I was a Government & Religious studies double major and a member of the school's Cross Country & Track teams (Go Mules!). I was accepted into MHCI+D after graduating in 2020, spent the summer in Columbus, OH working on UX/UI design for robot welder controls, and then deferred MHCI+D for the pandemic year to stay in industry for a bit longer.

I found HCI after building a mobile game with a friend before my senior year of college and realizing the creative opportunities design had to offer. After the program, I'm hoping to jump into the video game industry and see where that takes me. My hobbies (outside of getting to know the cohort!) include running and PC gaming, unsurprisingly.

Eric Chen

Eric Chen is a UX/UI designer interested in the field of UX research and Interaction design. Prior to attending the University of Washington's MHCI+D, he has gained diverse experiences working in industries such as aviation, finances, tech, and commercial business that focus on customer experience.

Graduating from Parsons School of Design with a major in Industrial Product Design and minor in Communication Design, the opportunity has allowed him to explore user interaction between 2D graphics and 3D prototyping. From hand-size products, physical spaces to digital design, his goal is to bring a creative solution to our daily life by amalgamating cutting-edge technologies and distinctive interactive experiences to help bring people together in modern life.

Eric Yu

Hey what's up? This is Eric, and I originally come from Livingston, New Jersey. I come to the MHCI+D program with a background in 3D modeling and animation! I went to Carnegie Mellon for undergrad, where I majored in Information Systems and minored in Design and Animation. I then did 3D animation for machine learning and computer vision research, where I discovered my passions in game design and Virtual/Augmented Reality.

I hope to take what I learn from the program to create meaningful experiences outside the confines of a 2D screen, either virtually, face to face, or in our environment. In my free time I love to cook, play board games, and rewatch sitcoms. Feel free to connect with me in any of my socials!

Isha Agarwal

Hello, My name’s Isha! I have been at Societe Genrale, GBIS, India for the last three years as a Software Engineer - UX Expert. I wore multiple hats a part of my work, looking into user studies and design, technical and functional feasibility, and front-end development for internal tools. My undergraduate studies(B.Des @ IIT Guwahati) helped me explore various fields of is design and with systems thinking approach.

In my free time, I go for long walks, make digital art, and people watch. Feel free to message me on any of the links to connect!

Jessica Goldman

Hello, I’m Jessica! Before coming to the UW MHCI+D program, I graduated in 2018 with a BA of psychology and established my background in clinical, cultural, and social psychology research. More recently, however, I pivoted out of academia and worked as a research assistant at Oculus on AR, VR, and MR problem spaces.

I realized from this time that I love understanding how technology contributes to aspects of the human condition, and that I want to help shape this future in a meaningful, ethical manner. After MHCI+D, I intend to become a UX researcher and mentor junior researchers--especially women of color. In my free time, I love to cook, bake, garden, sing, collect antiques, and hike the PNW. If you have any questions about my experience in UX, feel free to connect me on LinkedIn!

Kelly Luo

I have a background in linguistics and art. I am interested in the probing questions necessary for good user research and big picture thinking necessary for great product design.

Lakshmanan Palani

Hi I'm a multidisciplinary designer & digital artist. For the past 4 years I have worked across fields, including brand, content creation, marketing, product design, AR VR design, graphics, art direction, photography & films. I strongly believe the creative process remains the same irrespective of the medium.

Over the years, I have embraced & enjoyed the role of a being a troubleshooting catalyst in the team. It began with architecture in my college days, and swiftly, the curiosity went beyond designing buildings and reached the grasp of the omnipresent digital world. My hustle-natured intrinsic motivation translated to gaining skills in the multitude of design spectrum from photography, film-making to interaction design.

Outside work, I enjoy treading down the roads of the city, occasionally stopping at stalls to sip my favorite lemon tea. Here's to having healthy obsessions and hunting new challenges every moment!

Mikaela Corney

Hi there! I am a multidisciplinary designer holding a BA in Japanese and Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. For the past 6.5 years, I worked with customers in the tech industry which showed me first hand the frustration, problems, and cost implications caused by bad design. This led to a growing interest in HCI, and now, I love thinking about ethical design and how we might design more inclusively. After this program, I hope to apply my newly found UX skills in a Green Tech area.

In my free time I love to bike, hike, bake, play games, and paint. I especially love travel and find it very inspiring and practical for looking at the world in different ways and learning from each other.

Ojurere Shonekan

Hi! My name is Ojurere. I got my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Science-Information Technology with minors in Website Administration and Multimedia. I am interested in the way that humans and computers come together to solve the world's problems, and in designing those solutions in ways that are equitable for all.

I enjoy doing anything creative, as well as working with others. In my free time you can find me being active, watching movies (action or rom-coms!!), exploring new places, reading, or doing a DIY project. Feel to reach out!!

Pronounced "oh-joo-ray-ray shaw-neck-on" 🙂

Rahmat Raji

Hiya! My name is Rahmat. I graduated with a BSc. in Management Information Systems and was introduced to HCI in undergrad after taking a class on HCI. After undergrad, I worked as a UI designer for 2 years and decided to pursue an advanced degree.

After this program, I am looking into getting into the VR/AR/MR and the biotechnology industry. I am excited to work with emerging technologies geared towards positively impacting the lives of users. I enjoy exploring restaurants and trying out new foods! I am also a huge fan of art, animations, going to museums, traveling, meeting new people and photography.

Sarah Koswara

Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m so happy to be here and to have you reading about me! I’m here because I love understanding people, in how they think and why they do things but most of all I love creating things that work to help people. I come from a background in Economics where I was able to study the intersection of businesses and people and learn substantial research skills. I pivoted from what I was studying in undergrad and worked in marketing as a designer before joining this program. I’m drawn to UX design because it perfectly merges my professional experience of research and design and requires constant pursuit of understanding and creating for human behavior. While in this program I hope to become a better designer that prioritizes ethical design and advocates for user needs while balancing business objectives.

A little bit about me: I'm half American and half Indonesian and grew up in both places. My upbringing has given me this fascination in people and understanding the strange ways humans think. I’m passionate about traveling, film, caring for my 26 houseplants, and food. I’d love to connect about whatever!

Yuna Chong

I’m Yuna, a human-centered designer with a BA in Anthropology and Economics from Brown University. Prior to joining MHCI+D, I spent the past 5 years working on physical and digital product systems (wireless AR buds, reduced risk products) doing research, design, and innovation strategy.

I love building experiences that bring people together and create moments of delight. I’m particularly interested in multi-sensory experiences, sustainable design, as well as the rise of 3D interfaces and paradigms.