The Wrecking Crew



We have selected eight fellows from a large applicant pool. It’s a beautifully diverse group drawn from undergrad, masters and PhD programs across a variety of disciplines: technologists, visual/communication designers, design researchers, systems thinkers/strategists, UX designers, and storytellers.
Jeffrey Chou
is an interaction design masters student at Carnegie Mellon University. His work focuses on in-depth design research and designing learning experiences using advanced technology such as AI or VR. Jeffrey completed a BS in Computer Science and MS in Electronics Engineering from National Taiwan University. He enjoys English calligraphy and cooking in his free time.
Tiffany Eaton
is a product designer focused on creating meaningful experiences by employing behavioral design for developing deeper human connection. She is a recent graduate of the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, and will become a Googler this August. Her passions include writing weekly on Medium and collaborating with companies committed to social impact.
Piyum Fernando
is a 3rd year PhD candidate of School of Media Arts and Engineering at Arizona State University. His work explores creative methods for scaffolding citizen science practices through open source hardware. Piyum obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He loves music and photography and enjoy visiting unseen places and people.
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Maher Khelifi
is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington, Seattle focused on designing AI-agents to support patients during hospital stays. He develops innovative products and experiences from inception to commercialization. Maher considers food as art that you can eat, and enjoys cooking new recipes in his spare time.
Essie Kim
is an experience designer based in Los Angeles, California with a graphic design and painting background. She is a recent graduate of the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, where her thesis explored designing for mental health through seamless user experience, engaging storytelling, and memorable brand identities. Her interests include branding, fashion, and Beyoncé.
Michelle Macis
is a design researcher and strategic storyteller focused on making technology transparent and responsive to community needs. She resides in Oakland, California and is a fourth year Interaction Design BFA student at California College of the Arts, and will be graduating in spring, 2019. In her free-time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and playing board games.
Sanjana Rajagopalan
is an engineer and human-centered designer currently pursuing a masters degree in Design Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sanjana completed her B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering at Delhi Technological University. She is passionate about designing for social change and is an avid reader and traveler who enjoys playing guitar in her free time.
Karen Song
is a San Francisco based UX and product designer. She strives to create powerful products through design thinking methods and storytelling. Coming from an architectural and fine art background, Karen believes design reflects the way we think and interact with one and another, whether through space or artifacts. She recently graduated with distinction from the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, and is currently looking for her next career jump.