What was your background before entering the HCC program?
I acquired my B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) at UMBC. I created my own degree in Statistics & Neuropsychology.
What was your favorite class and why?
Human Centered Design with Dr. Lutters was my favorite class because it challenged me to think beyond the industrial application of concepts I had learned thus far in the field. I learned about the history of Human Centered Design concepts and its notable founders. I also explored natural speech recognition systems and their ethical implications of “always being on” and their impact on people with different abilities.
What are you doing now?
I am a Senior UX/UI Designer at Exelon. I work with a cross-functional team to lead the design of accessible digital products that improve the experience of millions of utility customers.
What did you like best about the HCC program at UMBC?
My favorite part about this program was the faculty’s focus on accessibility and designing/researching for people with different abilities. The professors were amazing mentors who helped guide me and nurtured my research interests. The HCC program created a strong foundation for me to enter the industry. I also made lifelong friendships in this program which is an icing on the cake 🙂