About Me

As a side job when I was still attending Cal Poly as a Graphic Communications major on the beautiful central coast, I worked in the College of Science and Math IT department, troubleshooting students/professor’s software and hardware. Day in and day out the same questions kept on coming up over and over, I would hear what people were trying to do and see how they were trying to do it. After CalPoly I was in and out of school pursuing other degrees like marketing and business. It wasn’t until a few years ago after watching Ready Player One that I knew that I wanted to use my design brain to tackle new interactions in this new virtual space.

Fast forward to now, after using various machine learning/AI services I have realized that I want to spend my career as a UX Researcher interrogating automated decision making. When I am not working, I take my camera to document just how diverse and beautiful our planet is. I have come to realize that "Designing a thing is not enough". I like to get into the nitty-gritty details of the research behind the design choices. 

Screenshot of a grid of photos: A pasadena government building, squirrel, bird, rocks, trees, otter, and sculpture in Joshua Tree

"On the side"

I have never been a clock-on, clock-off type of person. I have terrible "work-life balance", but I don't feel that actually matters. I make sure that my work aligns with my life goals and passions. Here is a curated list of "side" projects.

ArtCenter Building, mirrored glass square rising out of the city scape.

(Coming Soon - Fall 21)

Two students in snorkel gear taking notes underwater.

UX Consultant / That Tech Guy

Interactive light sculpture with 8 LED Leaves

Interactive Sculpture

Floating VR Sculpture, mix of materials like water and grass and an arctic backdrop.

VR Sculpture

Press Mentions and Interviews

Awards, Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

User Experience Research Fellowship @ ArtCenter X Cedars-Sinai 2021

Excellence in Art @ EA Rose Valley Jam 2020

"Best Use of Activ5 SDK" @ SD Hacks 2019

Presenter/Workshops

SAP (Internal) - Designer Enablement (4.28.21)

Drop me a line

I am interested in the confluence of Artificial Intelligence, and human interaction. Let's connect especially if you are part of a social good non-profit. I work fully remote so am always open to video-coffee-chats and more!

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Decorative: Artists representation of Dillon's grey dog mimi, a Maltese poodle.
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