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A little more about me:

Personal

As a Minnesota native, born and raised in the Twin Cities metro, I greatly enjoy spending my free time exploring the great outdoors with family and friends. This comes in many forms; from swimming, biking, running my way across the town/state while training for triathlons and road races; to taking to the sky in small aircraft to explore places near and far; to camping and hiking to recharge away from the cities.

 

I currently reside in the north-central Twin Cities metro with my wife and two kiddos (3.5 yo. & 5 mo.). Life with two kids has been an adventure, but I wouldn't have it any other way! When I'm having a rough day, seeing my kiddo's imagination at work, or their pure joy over the little things helps keep everything in perspective! 

Professional

My professional journey started out at the University of Minnesota as a pre-med student. Certain that I wanted to be a Radiologist, I spent many days between freshman and sophomore year shadowing Radiologists at a local hospital. During this time I watched the doctors, nurses, and support staff greatly struggling with the electronic health records software they used to check in patients, review procedure protocols, record exam notes, etc. At this point, a lightbulb went off in my head. I thought to myself, there has to be a way to make these systems better and easier to use! 

Sophomore year I talked to my advisor who made me aware of the Scientific and Technical Communications major with an emphasis in Design. I then switched my major from pre-med to S&TC. From course work within my new major, I learned that the U of MN had a Usability Lab on campus, and they were hiring lab assistants! After working in the lab for several months, I was able to work out an internship as an assistant researcher, where I had the opportunity to lead my own research project. The rest is pretty much history. Since graduating in 2011, I've spent the last 10+ years honing my UXD and UXD Research skills across various industries (i.e., health care, e-commerce, and banking). 

Select the 'Resume' button below to see a detailed overview of my entire professional career!

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