About

Claire is an empathetic user-driven designer currently pursuing an M.S. in Engineering Design and Innovation (EDI) at Northwestern University. She recently graduated from Northwestern with a B.S. in Manufacturing and Design Engineering (MaDE), which has provided her with a background in product design and development. Coupled with her MaDE degree, she orchestrated a theme titled "Understanding the End User", compiling courses in psychology, sociology, consumer insight, and persuasion. Her knowledge of human-centered design principles has been reinforced and expounded upon through her EDI Master's program. She is a creative, conceptual thinker with a technical background who aims to create compelling and delightful user experiences with both products and services.

Claire is originally from Denver, Colorado, and enjoys skiing, Hip-Hop dancing, improvisation, anything Sci-Fi or fantasy, people watching, and drinking more coffee than could possibly be good for her.

Why EDI?

MaDE provided Claire with a foundation of whole-brain engineering and design thinking skills, and increased her desire to further her knowledge and expertise as a designer. She was drawn to the small EDI class size, the opportunity to engage with Segal Professors on a more personal level, and the prospect of pursuing her own thesis project in the area of empathetic design. She chose EDI to develop her personal design philosophy, deepen her design thinking processes, and acquire the skills necessary to become a successful designer.

Education

BS, Manufacturing and Design Engineering, Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Northwestern University 

Experience 

Undergraduate and Graduate Design Researcher, Delta Lab
R&D New Product Development Intern, Newell Rubbermaid
Mechanical Engineering Intern, CH2M Hill
Design Thinking & Communication Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University
Human-Centered Service Design Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University