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Carlos Armada

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Fellow, IDEO CoLab

Carlos has found that the EDI program provides students with the experiences and opportunities to become a designer with a human-centered mindset.

Avery Bellis

Summer Internship during EDI: Mechanical Design Engineer, Optimal Design

Avery has found that the EDI program offers the perfect balance between engineering and design, particularly as it relates to the structure of its course load.

Harrison Bourikas

Experience before EDI: Mechanical Engineer, Hydroid

Harrison hopes to use his time in EDI to find a better way to understand the needs of his end-users and refine his skills regarding product design.

Colin Brown

Experience before EDI: Test Engineer, IronRidge, Inc.

Colin chose the EDI program because he was looking for a way to supplement his knowledge of how products are made with the toolset to navigate why they should be made.

Joseph Burke

Experience before EDI: Program Assistant, SparkShop

Joe is passionate about developing creative solutions to problems, fabricating high-quality prototypes, and uncovering the emotional impact of good design.

Ryan Callaghan

Experience before EDI: Entrepreneurship Intern, High Performance Materials Institute at Florida State University

Ryan feels that the EDI program gives him the skills to explore the tensions that new ideas may be able to resolve and empowers him to create solutions that may seem counterintuitive.

Ivan Calvachi

Experience before EDI: Product Engineer Intern, Humanscale

When Ivan became an intern for Humanscale, he was exposed to products developed through human-centered design and that encouraged him to apply to the EDI program.

Rahul Chandrawanshi

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Strategist, Cummins Inc

Rahul says that EDI has helped him develop more confidence in design thinking and its value for any organization.

SueSan Chen

Experience before EDI: Inflight Entertainment Intern, United Airlines

SueSan is excited to further her skills in human-centered design in EDI with the amazing professors that she has gotten to know during her undergraduate classes.

Hua Chin

Experience before EDI: Design Medical Engineer, Scandinavian Health Ltd.

Hua has found that the EDI program has helped her apply design thinking to different projects ranging from product design to digital design and service design.

Christopher Datsikas

Experience before EDI: Electrical Engineer, Microsoft Surface

Chris believes EDI provides him with the skills to tackle complex problems in a fun, encouraging, and challenging environment.

Lydia Davison

Experience before EDI: BS, Human Centered Design & Engineering with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Washington

Lydia feels that EDI fully appreciates the power that lies within human-centered design thinking and she wants to discover how this foundation can be implemented within product design.

Enes Umur Gokcek

Experience before EDI: Mechanical Design Engineer, Arcelik-Beko

Enes Umur joins the EDI program as a scholar selected by the Turkish Fulbright Commission to study at Northwestern University.



Erica Isaacs

Summer Internship during EDI: Graduate Design Intern, Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Innovation Department

Erica believes the EDI program is providing her with the skills necessary to develop cohesive, big-picture solutions that create value based on a holistic understanding of stakeholder needs. 

David Jacob

Experience before EDI: Product Design Engineer Intern, Alphalab Gear, Innovation Works Inc.

David decided to join EDI to buttress his technical background with a more creative and user-based approach.

Aarushi Karimpanal

Summer Internship during EDI: Product Design Intern, Spanner Product Development

EDI has created a platform for Aarushi to bring together her mechanical engineering skills and creative thinking skills to designing products and services.

Jasmine Kim

Experience before EDI: MIT Summer Research Program Intern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jasmine believes that human-centered design is the key to any product and that EDI will prepare her to face the challenges of future innovation.


Joshua Kim

Experience before EDI: Segal Design Certificate, Northwestern University

Coming from a DIY and Maker background, Joshua loves to explore ideas, processes, fabrication methods, and technologies related to design.

Beth Lester

Experience before EDI: Product Development Intern, Melissa and Doug Toys

Beth picked the EDI program because it seemed to offer the most opportunities out of all the programs she looked into for exploring all of the elements of design, instead of only industrial design or service design.


Morgan Lewis

Experience before EDI: BSBE in Bioengineering, Rice University

Morgan chose the EDI program because it brings together both of her passions by preaching engineering from a user-centered design viewpoint.


Sheila Lo

Summer Internship during EDI: Biomedical Engineer Summer Associate, Medtronic

Sheila chose EDI to complement her undergraduate education in mechanical engineering with a broad experience in human-centered design.

Jiayan Ma

Experience before EDI: Package Designer Intern, ASU Technology

Jiayan wanted to combine her background in mechanical engineering and her interest in library art. She was thrilled when she found the EDI program because it welcomes an interdisciplinary approach. 


Sergio Marquina

Summer Intership during EDI: Product Design Intern, Tomorrow Lab

Sergio has found a connection to the EDI program’s engineering approach to design.

Angie Mercurio

Summer Internship during EDI: Human-Centered Design Mentor, Jiang China Design

Angie has been drawn the EDI program’s unparalleled emphasis on the human-centered approach and the importance of hands-on experience.

Alexander Mitts

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Researcher and Strategist, Center for Community Health, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

EDI has helped Alexander develop the tools to understand the world in an empathic and value-oriented way.

Anna O'Donnell

Experience before EDI: Design for America Summer Studio

Anna loves the culture of design at Northwestern, starting with her first Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) class as an undergraduate and continuing with Design for America.

Ellen Owens

Experience before EDI: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Ellen believes the EDI program will enhance her ability to look at design problems from new angles, ask the right kind of questions, and better understand the needs of users.

Byron Pang

Experience before EDI: BS in Mechanical Engineering, UCLA

EDI provides Byron with opportunities to learn and apply design thinking to multiple types of projects and solutions while working in a highly collaborative environment surrounded by inspired individuals with similar goals.


Sally Park

Summer Internship during EDI: Packaging and Development Intern, Procter & Gamble

Sally believes the EDI program offers the skills to integrate design and engineering, which leads to more dynamic user-centered products.

Mert Pekdemir

Experience before EDI: Engineering Intern/R&D Technician, VISAYA

Mert is excited to be in the EDI program because he believes it will help him combine aesthetics with engineering and create solutions.

Nicholas Phillips

Experience before EDI: Undergraduate Researcher, Rewire Labs

Nicholas believes the EDI program embodies the intersection of engineering and design which allows people to create innovative solutions.

Saurabh Rane

Experience before EDI: Project Engineer, Pacific Die Cut Industries

Saurabh feels that the EDI program provides him with the resources to understand how to design a product that he could claim as his own.

Julia Savich

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Research Intern, Cambium Networks

The EDI program perfectly complements Julia's quantitative research background in Physics with qualitative human-centered design research training.

Phoebe Sexton

Summer Internship during EDI: Packaging Development Intern, Procter & Gamble

Phoebe has discovered that the EDI program offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to design and teaches its students the fundamentals in design thinking through immersive studio projects.

Katrina Shah

Summer Internship during EDI: Biomedical Engineer Summer Associate, Medtronic

Katrina has enjoyed the EDI program’s opportunity to look at problems through various lenses, which have helped her transform ideas into innovative products and services.

Shoshi Shapiro

Experience before EDI: BS in Learning Science at Northwestern University

EDI allows Shoshi to continue studying interdisciplinary design in a place that is focused on real-world contexts.

Sanjana Srinivasan

Experience before EDI: R&D consumer division intern at 3M Gulf, Dubai, UAE

Santana has found that the EDI program has helped her develop a better understanding of the design innovation process before entering the professional world.

Gar Waterman

Experience before EDI: National Geographic Young Explorer

Gar's interest in human-centered design is rooted in his childhood fascination with the mechanisms of ecology and human biology and the deeply connected nature of the two subjects.

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