Avery's technical background in engineering control systems educated him in the grey space between mechanical and electrical engineering. His specific educational program trekked down the path of how mechanical inputs inform electrical feedback systems and their outputs. Avery became interested in human-centered design as an undergraduate and he built his own academic path around that subject. He gained experience focusing on users, finding problems, prototyping solutions, and testing them with users. Avery gained more experience in design research as the studio lead of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Design For America chapter.
When Avery first realized that a career in innovation design was a viable option, he was sold. Avery investigated graduate programs and began focusing his undergraduate course load. After researching graduate options, it became apparent that the EDI program at Northwestern was the one for him. Avery found many programs leaning either towards a design art school or a technical engineering school. However, he found that the EDI program at Northwestern had the perfect balance between engineering and design that he was looking for. Now that he is here, he says he has been delighted with structure of the course load and the direction his life is going.
BS, Systems Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, IL
Avery worked at Schlumberger for over two years as a mechanical engineer.