I distill broad ideas and make them extant in the world.
Professionally speaking, I consider myself an Experience Design Engineer.
UX? Designer? Engineer? Sure, but I don't confine myself to one role.
When I'm inspired to create something, I'll use what I know, seek expertise from friends, or learn something entirely new to complete it.
I received a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering and completed a minor in Art & Design at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
However, the best thing I received from U of M was the capacity for the unknown.
I grew up in the small town of Hudson, Massachusetts, and I am blessed to have a loving and supportive family.
I never expected to attend school out-of-state, where I knew no one, but the experience was invaluable.
Being away from home and finding people I still consider family today allowed me to see the world and strangers as a greater support network.
After school, I continued living in Michigan, did a stint in automotive as an aerothermal engineer, and opted for something faster paced.
I moved to San Francisco, once again starting on my own.
I worked in Palo Alto, CA, directly supporting the leadership team of a large technology services company.
AI, AR & VR, Blockchain, IoT, 3D printing - I got my hands dirty working with the buzzwords, I wasn't just talking about them.
The work afforded me the opportunity to build international relationships, and I soon found myself spending more time abroad than in California.
I decided to embrace that and was fortunate enough to be able to.
I resigned from my full-time job, started working for myself, and began to travel and live in different countries.
So far, I have visited 43 countries and spent a month or more living in 12 countries.
I see the world as a teacher and a playground. I never cease to be amazed by the kindness of people and the range of experiences in the world.
I believe experiences directly correlate with creativity, so I rarely turn down a new experience.
At this point, I have taken a break from travel, and I am currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.
After almost a decade away, it's exciting to be home.
I now seek expertise as my next experience.
I focus on pursuing projects with my business that blend art with technology and physical with digital.
I am also seeking to pursue research in this field academically.
I consider my work fun, but when I'm not "making," I can be found in nature.
Hiking, surfing, and snowboarding are my favorite activities out there.
If you share a similar passion, have a big idea you'd like help synthesizing, or just want to chat, please get in touch below. : )