Carnegie Mellon University
BFA in Industrial Design 2009
10 years with Volkswagen Group of America - Electronics Research Laboratory: www.vwerl.com
Principal Product Designer - Volkswagen Group of America ERL
February 2017 - present
I act as design lead for the Interior & Exterior Concepts Group, directing around 12 ongoing projects with VW, Audi, and Porsche, while directly acting as project lead on larger, high profile efforts. The majority of my work has been focused on user experience for autonomous vehicles. I proudly continue to jump in on these projects as an individual designer whenever needed for interaction or hardware design, concept sketching, UI and motion, or modelmaking. Maintain ERL’s prototyping lab and mixed reality lab.
Senior Staff Product Designer - Volkswagen Group of America ERL
2014 - February 2017
On the ERL's Design and Mechatronics Team, I worked to conceptualize new products and digital experiences for future vehicles in the VW Group. I led major projects, ran creative and technical brainstorming sessions, sketched concepts by hand or by Wacom tablet, generated Solidworks parts and assemblies for rapid prototyping, and constructed showcar-quality models. I reported on project status to CEO and Board-level management in the VW Group, both in Europe and in the US. I acted as an advocate for the design process and the importance of user experience in an engineering environment. I contributed regularly on the management level to the overall strategy of my team and the larger organization of the ERL. I mentored younger designers, and looked after the overall creative output of our team.
Senior Product Designer - Volkswagen Group of America ERL
2013 - 2014
Acted as a creative leader, directing multiple project teams working on self-driving vehicle concepts, UI concepts for the Audi, VW, and Bentley brands, and interactive mechanical controls. I served in a UI/UX directing role on Audi's "Jack" autonomous vehicle concept, which included development of interactive electronics, prototype hardware, and mobile applications. Served as manager for the UX & Mechatronics team for nearly a year during this time. My main area of project focus during these years was concepts related to self-driving vehicles.
Took over and grew the ERL's prototyping facilities, directing a small group of engineers to create the best possible environment for creation of high-quality models. The shop currently boasts roughly a million dollars worth of 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mill, and other tools.
Industrial Designer [multiple levels] - Volkswagen Group of America RGL
2009 - 2013
Generated designs for climate unit hardware, concepts for the Audi MMI input device, showcar-quality concepts for interactive elements in the Volkswagen Phaeton. Provided UI design and graphics for multiple mobile applications and concepts for infotainment systems for VW and Audi brands.
Sketching and rendering, hand or digital
Adobe Creative Suite
UI wireframing, asset generation
Solidworks, 3D printing
Video editing, digital photography
Storytelling and pitch creation