I’m grateful to have received funding from NFX which is currently the largest seed fund in the world and run by some of the most respected leaders in Silicon Valley. Before they became a full-fledged Venture Capital firm, I was fortunate to have been accepted into their highly-selective accelerator program in one of the initial cohorts. Today, I’m co-chair of the NFX Alumni Council.
Today I teach Industrial Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, California. I teach and lead students who are about to graduate, in their year-long Senior Thesis projects.
As a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design. While at RISD, I also got exposure to mechanical engineering and worked hands-on with the Formula SAE Team at Brown University. We built a fully-functional racecar which was primarily custom-built around a Honda CBR motor and a sequential shifter. I had the chance to work in collaboration with students and faculty at Brown. During that experience, I learned how to weld titanium, machine parts for engineering, design, cast, and finish fiberglass panels, and a lot more. Prior to moving out to San Francisco from the East Coast, I developed, implemented and taught a range of courses in Industrial Design and Transportation Design at RISD.
I’ve worked on projects with Gillette, Hasbro, Schick, Brown-Forman, Marc Jacobs, Samsung, NEST Fragrances, Targus, and Bittrex. My projects and perspectives have been covered in media outlets including Dwell Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, and WWD. I’m an Awesome Foundation award winner, recognized for key achievements in ecodesign education and leadership. I’ve written for publications such as TreeHugger and Makeshift Magazine.
My work was featured in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in New York City as part of the Triennial Show – Why Design Now which was documented in this book designed by Pentagram under the same title.
I’ve served on the leadership committee for environmental design and impact at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and created and operated one of their regional design chapters which continues its operations today.
Prior to transferring to RISD, I did my foundation year at Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. There I studied design, art, and got my first taste of computer programming and creating web apps, learning the basics of HTML and CSS.
During my time as a student, I also studied overseas and participated in a program at Strate, Ecole de Design Paris, France. The focus of these studies was in Transportation Design.