My curiosity drives my craving to solve complex problems with a human-centered design approach. Things that keep me up at night; ways to improve the overall experience of the physical space around me with accessibility in mind, how to utilize Augmented Reality effectively and what toppings to get on my pizza. Some of my tools of success are; my notepad, laptop with Photoshop and Experience Design, and J Cole's 2014 Forests Hill Drive album on repeat. I grew up in the Chicagoland area and the three things that I love about my city is the amazing food, the variety of cuisine to choose from and, the different aroma that exudes from restaurants. That could be just one thing...
Been raised in a Russian household, gives me the opportunity to foster new relationships with others that may also come from nontraditional backgrounds. I believe is important because it can promote cohesiveness and a better appreciation of new knowledge. Also, by including different backgrounds at the table I believe it can bring in a new breath or viewpoint to shed light on a complex problem. You cannot have a marching band without a triangle or a cymbal.
My undergraduate education was in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, I was drawn to study human behavior. I then shifted my focus to solving problems through design which lead me to pursue a Masters degree from the University of Michigan. My specialization is in Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on User Experience Design. I hope one day solve some of the world's most difficult problems.
Although my household spoke Russian, I never received a proper education in terms of proper grammar, reading and writing in Russian. Therefore I went out to enroll at my university to learn proper grammar and learn to read in Russian. After a few semesters, I obtained a minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. I had focused on the language and the history of Russia through literature. Additionally, I was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship which helped me study the language.
At the end of the day, I am a technology junkie that is constantly trying to get my hands on new gadgets to play around with. I also enjoy figuring how a piece technology works and the best way I know how is by breaking it and then fixing it back up. This led to a lot of broken iPhones, computers, and Xbox Controllers. In addition to these, I call myself a gamer because in the end, solving puzzles and rescuing the princess from castles is similar to solving problems through design.
LocationAnn Arbor, MI 48104
United States of America