User Experience Design (UX)
User-Centered Design (UCD)
User Interface Design (UI)
Human-Machine Interaction (HMI)
HTML & CSS
Jira & Confluence
The University of Houston — 2013
Bachelor of Science
Miami Dade College — 2005
Associate in Arts
University of Texas
Full Stack Web Developer
References Upon Request
I believe design + technology has unlimited potential to improve our human experience. I seek product design for its blending of convenience and functionality. Through design, I aspire to inspire.
Xcel Design Studios — Consultant | Founder
Jun 2016 - Present
Design consultant focused on helping SeaDog Systems and Global Oceanic Designs with enhancing their products. I conduct research and exploration specific to the advancement and discovery of new infrastructure and clean energy systems for future transportation and city development focusing on user-centered design, user-experience, and digital/physical human interaction. I am responsible for spearheading planning and research direction at every stage of the products’ lifecycle; from conceptualization, prototype validations, to usability tests and final production.
Freelance — UX Designer
Aug 2015 - Present
I drive an iterative approach to prototype, evaluation, testing, validation, and refinement of digital/physical projects to ensure the targeted solution set is desirable, feasible, and viable.
ABS Nautical Systems — Sr UX Analyst
Jan 2020 - Mar 2020
Defined the visual design strategy and worked to drive consensus across teams for a more effective Design System implementation. Worked closely with stakeholders and development teams to provide mentorship on best design practices and web accessibility. Promoted ideation and collaborated in product development, advocating for optimal user-experience. Defined design guidelines and specifications to ensure consistent development across platforms and projects.
Ensign Energy Services — Lead Industrial Designer
Jan 2015 - Jun 2015
Developed a completely new digital/physical controls interface for Ensign’s Next-Generation ADR 1500-S class drilling rigs fleet. Created user interfaces that simplify complex physiological tasks that users of any skill level can readily interpret. Utilized human factors techniques to simplify user workflows and make intuitive interfaces that minimize user training and learning curves. Conducted extensive field research to collect data and deliver research discoveries in order to determine the user’s needs and project validation.
Advent Firm — Architecture Design Engineer
Mar 2014 - Jan 2015
Reshaped the company’s production methods by implementing the use of a new 3D CAD software package to be used for the design and production of manufacturing and presentation materials. Implemented user experience theories and principles to design more functional spaces for the trade show industry. Directed fabrication, construction, and completion of all designs.
Sumec North America — Industrial Designer
Oct 2012 - Feb 2014
Improved the existing product line and innovated new products for the industry’s US market. Successfully developed a US market-friendly line of small-chore cultivators.
Techtronic Industries, Inc — Industrial Design Intern
May 2011 - May 2012
Collaborated with engineering to ship various projects, including products under well-known brands such as Ryobi, Rid Craftsman. Created marketing graphics, promotional brand assets, and daily core content. Reversed engineered existing tools to propose improvements and/or ideate new design concepts.
Innerspace Storage Solutions — Lead CAD Designer
Sep 2000 - Apr 2006
Created residential high-end storage systems for multi-million dollar homes. I designed furniture-specific mechanisms for intricate design storage solutions. Prepared manufacturing drawings and supporting documents to develop the installation and layout of the systems, components, and parts. Created cost and retail price sheets to build customer’s proposals. Maintained CAD data files and created new CAD templates and block drawings as needed.
Raymond Engineering — Junior Engineer
Nov 1997 - Dec 1999
Analyzed architectural plans to design mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for apartment buildings. I was responsible for planning and designing MEP systems including the development of policies standards, inspection procedures, and evaluation tools for MEP matters. I prepared and reviewed drawing, job specifications, and project cost estimates.
US NAVY — Petty Officer 3rd Class
Apr 1993 - Apr 1997
Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class. Performed various military duties: trained, directed, and supervised personnel in ship's maintenance duties in all activities relating to marlinspike, deck, boat seamanship, painting, upkeep of ship's external structure, rigging, deck equipment, and boats. Ship's Lee Master Helmsman, RHIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) coxswain, and supervised UNREP (Underway Replenishment) procedures and equipment. Certified Helicopter Landing Safety Officer. Certified scuba diver and rescue swimmer.