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

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Fellow, IDEO CoLab

Carlos is pursuing a startup based in Los Angeles.

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Mechanical Design Engineer, Optimal Design

Avery is currently a Mechanical Design Engineer at Optimal Design.

Harrison Bourikas

Product Design, Design Engineering, Healthcare

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.

Experience before EDI: Mechanical Engineer, Hydroid

Colin Brown

Product Design, Design Engineering, Social Impact

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.

Experience before EDI: Test Engineer, IronRidge, Inc.

Joseph Burke

Product Design, Consumer Products, Social Impact

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

Experience before EDI: Program Assistant, SparkShop

Ivan Calvachi

Product Design, Design Engineering, Tech

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.

Experience before EDI: Product Engineer Intern, Humanscale

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Strategist, Cummins Inc

SueSan Chen

Product Design, UI/UX, Product Management

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.

Experience before EDI: Inflight Entertainment Intern, United Airlines

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

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

Christopher Datsikas

Product Management, Tech, Entrepreneurship

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

Experience before EDI: Electrical Engineer, Microsoft Surface

Lydia Davison

UI/UX, Product Management

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.

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

Enes Umur Gokcek

Product Design, Design Engineering, Tech

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

Experience before EDI: Mechanical Design Engineer, Arcelik-Beko

 

 

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

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

David Jacob

Service Design, Healthcare, Social Impact

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

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

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

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

Aarushi currently works at Spanner.

Jasmine Kim

Design Research, Product Design, Product Management

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.

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

Joshua Kim

Product Design, Design Engineering, Healthcare

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

Experience before EDI: Segal Design Certificate, Northwestern University

Beth Lester

Design Research, Healthcare, Social Impact

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.

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

Morgan Lewis

Product Design, UI/UX, Product Management

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

Experience before EDI: BSBE in Bioengineering, Rice University

 

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Biomedical Engineer Summer Associate, Medtronic

Jiayan Ma

Design Research, Product Design, UI/UX

Jiayan wants 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. 

Experience before EDI: Package Designer Intern, ASU Technology

 

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Product Design Intern, Tomorrow Lab

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

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

Angie currently works at Disney.

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

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

Anna O'Donnell

Design Research, Product Design, Service Design

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.

Experience before EDI: Design for America Summer Studio

Ellen Owens

Product Design, Consumer Products, Healthcare

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.

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

Byron Pang

Design Research, UI/UX, Product Management

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.

Experience before EDI: BS in Mechanical Engineering, UCLA 

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

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

Sally currently works at Procter & Gamble.

Mert Pekdemir

Design Research, Product Design, Design Engineering

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

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

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

Experience before EDI: Undergraduate Researcher, Rewire Labs

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.

Experience before EDI: Project Engineer, Pacific Die Cut Industries

Saurabh currently works at Slalom Consulting.

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Design Research Intern, Cambium Networks

Julia is currently a Design Researcher at Milwaukee Tool.

Phoebe discovered that the EDI program teaches its students the fundamentals in design thinking through immersive studio projects.

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

Phoebe currently works at Procter & Gamble.

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

Summer Internship during EDI: Biomedical Engineer Summer Associate, Medtronic

Shoshi Shapiro

Design Research, Service Design, Social Impact

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

Experience before EDI: BS in Learning Science at Northwestern University

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

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

Gar Waterman

Tech, Social Impact, Entrepreneurship

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.

Experience before EDI: National Geographic Young Explorer

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