I currently lead design research and contribute to interaction and interface design with IBM Blockchain Solutions for food safety applications.


I currently lead design research and contribute to interaction and interface design with IBM Blockchain Solutions for Food Trust and a currently secret blockchain service. Most of my time is spent at Watson HQ in NYC’s wonderful East Village, as well as the nerdy/classy Watson Research Center upstate. Before that I led research and design for compute and network services on IBM CloudIBM Q, Watson Education, and others that I describe below.

If you’re on the IBM intranet, you can find my internal portfolio here: Otherwise, please contact me directly to learn more about my latest work.

Design career website

In 2016 I contributed generative and evaluative research for a website that helped designers build a “portfolio of experience.” We sought to help entry level designers with a clear model for career progression, which was quite hard to navigate at the time. Our executive stakeholders suggested we do this by giving those entry level designers concrete examples of what is expected in a mid-level designer’s portfolio and, more importantly, guidance on how and when to document their experiences to get there. Within four weeks, my team delivered a high-fidelity prototype of the site with limited content, but the project still had not been fully completed last I checked in mid-2018. Although I did still continue using the insights I gathered and colleagues I met to further my own career and mentor junior researchers.


Every few weeks I reviewed portfolios for Maelstrom as well as full-time design research candidates. As a former Maelstrom design intern, its lead Devin O’Bryan invited me to join as an interviewer for the program’s cultural interview round, which he described as the person with the final say of whether a candidate will be hired. I have interviewed many candidates, including a couple who joined the program and have earned high praise from executives for their final projects.

During Austin Design Week, I managed IBM’s presence as the main event (The Hive), providing recruiting materials to passersby and discussing my experience as an intern, onboarding designer, and now designer.

Social Innovation Club

In Austin, I worked with John Challis and others to set up a “social innovation club.” Members met up in person and on Slack to share our non-IBM projects in the social good space, as well as sought advice from the Austin design community via Slack I led an effort to enhance collaboration with Open Austin via cross-posting announcements, hosting a colocated meetup in the IBM studio, and bringing studioers to Open Austin tech talks, hack nights, hackathons, and meetups.