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Seth Applebaum

Design Research, Service Design, Product Management

Seth chose to pursue the EDI program because of his desire to be more involved in new product development in order to solve consumers' problems. 

Experience before EDI: BS, Communication & Leadership, Business, Entrepreneurship. The University of Texas at Austin. Quake Capital Partners Junior Venture Associate. co:collective Summer Intern

Chris Baggott

Product Design, Healthcare, Social Impact

Chris chose EDI because of the diversity of backgrounds in the student cohort and the program's emphasis on human-centered design principles. 

Experience before EDI: BS, Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Sydney Bernstein

Service Design, Healthcare, Social Impact

Sydney chose EDI because everyone involved is as equally passionate as she is in their particular areas of study. She is excited to be surrounded by these people in order to keep learning and develop her skills as a human-centered designer.

Experience before EDI: BS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Research Intern, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Center for Bionic Medicine
Operations Fellow, GlobeMed Executive Offices

Cam Beversluis

Design Research, Social Impact, Consulting

Cam chose EDI because he thinks that the program is entirely welcoming of creative exploration while still being grounded in a strong foundational curriculum.

Experience before EDI: Project Coordinator, Center for Socially Engaged Design

Kavya Bhavaraju

Product Design, Consumer Products, Social Impact

Kavya believes EDI will provide her with the structure of engineering and the fluidity of design that will allow her to create a positive impact.

Experience before EDI: Industrial Design Intern, Axiom Consulting

Mengxue Bi

Product Management, Healthcare, Entrepreneurship

Mengxue joined EDI to empower herself to be a solution provider specializing in healthcare.

Experience before EDI: Master of Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Jesse Brown

Product Design, Design Engineering, Consumer Products

Jesse was drawn to the EDI program because he saw it as a great opportunity for him to strengthen his undergraduate engineering foundation with high level design topics.

Experience before EDI: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
Segal Design Certificate
Design Team Intern, Segal Design Institute Internship

Kevin Cheng

Product Design, UI/UX, Tech

Kevin chose the EDI program and its thesis projects because they will allow him to carry out extensive research and development on a topic about which he is passionate.

Experience before EDI: BFA, Product Design and minor in Computer Programming, University of Southern California
Product Designer, LavaLab
Teaching Assistant, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
UI/UX Design Intern, Circle for Roommates

Vanessa Corbett

Design Research, Product Design, Social Impact

Vanessa chose the EDI program because she wants to put people at the forefront of the design process.

Experience before EDI: Design Intern, Burro

Kayli Fradin

Design Research, Product Design, UI/UX

Kayli believes that engineering and design are inseparable. After studying manufacturing and design engineering, in addition to psychology, Kayli knows that understanding the user comes first.

Experience before EDI: BS, Manufacturing and Design Engineering, Northwestern University.
Graphic and UX Design Intern, Spokin.
Design and Operations Intern, creative werks.
Manufacturing Engineer Intern, creative werks. 

Jeremy Fu

Product Design, Design Engineering, Product Management

Jeremy intends to leverage the EDI program to deepen his focus as a design engineer across the mechanical and electrical domains while building expertise in product management and design strategy.

Experience before EDI: BS Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University; BS Manufacturing and Design Engineering, Northwestern University; Hardware Design Intern, Bossanova Robotics; Technology Intern, Maui Greens

Zicheng Gu

Design Research, Service Design, Product Management

Zicheng chose the EDI program because it values the power of human-centered design, and she feels it will help her as she tries to solve problems with a combination of design thinking and engineering.

Experience before EDI: BS in Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin
BEng in Chemical engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin

Miranda Harmon

Product Design, Healthcare, Social Impact

Miranda chose EDI because of its one of a kind focus on the human-centered approach and the iterative process of engineering design. It gives her the chance to immerse herself within the design world and find the exact aspect of device design with which she wants to center herself.

Experience before EDI: BS, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Paige Henderson

Design Engineering, Consulting, Sustainability

Paige chose EDI because she wants to expand her skillset in design and build upon her mechanical engineering background. She hopes to gain a “Swiss Army Knife” of design tools to have in her back pocket.

Experience before EDI: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
Project Engineering, Hasbro
Project Management, The Walt Disney Company
Mechanical Engineering, Beyond Design
Research and Development Engineer, Loop 

Lucy Hu

Design Research, UI/UX, Product Management

Lucy hopes to be part of a close-knit community in EDI that is design-driven and passionate about building the bridge between humans and technology.

Experience before EDI: UX Design Research Intern, ANZ Banking Group

Diana Jeong Ro

Design Research, Product Design, Design Engineering

Diana chose EDI to take her passion for design further and to better understand our collective creativity through human-centered design.

Experience before EDI: Packaging R&D Intern, General Mills

Jean Jiang

Product Design, UX/UI, Consumer Products

What drew Jean to EDI is the program's utilization of various disciplines with a user-centered focus to improve real-world services.

Experience before EDI: Product Quality Engineer, Ebco Inc

Sophie Lancaster

Product Design, UI/UX, Tech

Sophie is excited that EDI will augment her technical background and give her the skills necessary to create change in the form of user-centered products and interfaces. 

Experience before EDI: BS, Computer Science, University of Notre Dame

Marisa Magsarili

Product Design, Design Engineering, Consumer Products

Marisa chose EDI because she wants to better understand the interactions between humans and products. EDI also provides the opportunity to improve her technical and creative skillsets while exploring various forms of design.

Experience before EDI: BE, Mechanical Engineering, Dartmouth College
BA, Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College

Kelly McComas

Design Research, Service Design, Social Impact

Kelly chose EDI for its focus on human-centered design as well as the breadth and quality of hands-on experience offered by the program.

Experience before EDI: BS, Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Arijit Nerurkar

Product Design, Design Engineering, Tech

Arijit believes EDI fosters a creatively diverse environment where he can build on his interests and approach problems through different perspectives.

Experience before EDI: BS, Electrical Engineering, Swarthmore College

Jenny Nguyen

Service Design, Design Research, Social Impact

Jenny is passionate about designing for social impact, specifically with underrepresented and underserved communities.

Experience before EDI: Project Advisor, Global Ties

Yoonjie Park

Design Research, Service Design, Social Impact

Yoonjie is passionate about human-centred design and creating services and products that make a lasting social impact.

Experience before EDI: BS, Manufacturing and Design Engineering, Northwestern University 

Liying Peng

Product Design, UI/UX, Tech

Liying chose EDI because it concentrations on Human-Centered Design. She is excited about the various disciplines offered in this program, which boots her passion for pursuing knowledge from multiple fields.

Experience before EDI: BFA, Visual Communication Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Digital Experience Design Intern, The Art Institute of Chicago

Julia Persche

Design Research, Design Engineering, Healthcare

Julia believes that EDI is special because it offers the flexibility to choose on which skills and areas of the design process she would like to focus in her career.

Experience before EDI: B.S, Product Design Engineering, Stanford University 

Nic Raiser

Product Design, Design Engineering, Consumer Products

Nic believes the opportunity to study multiple aspects of design from some of the best faculty in the world made the EDI program a natural choice for him.

Experience before EDI:  BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado
Engineering/R&D Intern, Specialized Bicycle Components

Justin Reimonenq

Social Impact, Consulting, Entrepreneurship

Justin hails from a business background, and he's interested in building technical skills in the field of design innovation.

Experience before EDI: BBA, Finance (Minor in Collaborative Innovation), Notre Dame. Finance Leadership Program, GE. Recent Startup Founder, Common.

Alan Paul Scarth

Product Design, Design Engineering, Entrepreneurship

Alan's goal during the EDI program is to supplement his conventional engineering design skills with expertise in human-product interaction and design psychology.

Experience before EDI: Product Development Engineer, Health Sciences Center Winnipeg

Caroline Scheibel

Product Design, UI/UX, Entrepreneurship

Caroline has a strong interest in user-experience research and design, and believes that EDI will help her explore this field in more depth.

Experience before EDI: BS, Interactive Media Studies, Miami University
BS, Psychology, Miami University
Certificate in Human-Computer Interaction for UX Design, MIT

Elizabeth Shu

Design Engineering, UI/UX, Consulting

Elizabeth believes that, when you can truly see and experience the user's perspective, you can engineer the best solution for them.

Experience before EDI: BS, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Purdue University

Kristen Smith

Service Design, Product Management, Social Impact

For as long as she can remember, Kristen has been exploring the idea that design should be able to unite and empower people. Kristen wants to use her EDI experience to help even the world's playing field one design at a time.

Experience before EDI: Assistant Project Manager & Mechanical Engineer at Milhouse Engineering

Lily Smith

UI/UX, Social Impact, Entrepreneurship

Lily hopes to combine her interests in design and innovation to identify impactful solutions to real-world problems.

Experience before EDI: UI/UX Designer, Bloomfield Robotics

Patricia Song

Design Research, Product Design, UI/UX

Patricia is excited to take a deep dive into all areas of design after discovering multiple aspects during her undergraduate classes at Northwestern.

Experience before EDI: BA, Computer Science, Segal Design Certificate, Northwestern University

Yiwen Sun

Design Research, UI/UX, Product Management

Yiwen chose EDI because it's a program that teaches students both human centered design and technical skills.

Experience before EDI: BS, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University

Remy Tabano

Design Research, Product Design, Healthcare

Remy feels EDI will afford her the opportunity to anchor her academic discipline in human-centered design ecology and challenge her to become a better innovator through its interdisciplinary nature and uniquely diverse cohort.

Experience before EDI: BS, Neuroscience, University of Michigan

Zheng Tian

Design Research, Product Design, Design Engineering

Zheng hopes to bring together his interests in graphic design and electrical engineering in the EDI program.

Experience for EDI: Summer Researcher, Electrical Engineering Product Development Team, Bucknell University

Gretchen Vogt

Product Design, Healthcare, Social Impact

Gretchen learned of EDI while seeing the students during her job in the Rapid Prototyping Lab. Seeing them develop creative, useful, and sometimes wacky projects made her realize that EDI was the place for her.

Experience before EDI: BS, Mechanical Engineering and English (Creative Writing) Northwestern University

Brandon Washington

Product Design, Design Engineering, Product Management

Brandon was exposed to Design Thinking via an internal innovation start-up at General Motors. While working within the group, he took to the human-centered design approach and wanted to grow his affinity for it beyond the automotive sector.

Experience before EDI: Advanced Vehicle Design Engineer, General Motors

Yifan Wu

Product Design, Design Engineering, Consumer Products

Yifan has been excited about DIY projects for as long as he can remember and that led him to develop an interest in product design.

Experience before EDI: Assistant Maintenance Representative, Airbus

Janice Zhou

Design Research, UI/UX, Consulting

Janice is excited about exploring design strategy and product management and building upon her previous in user experience design in the tech field.
Experience before EDI: BS, Cognitive Science with Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction, University of California, San Diego
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