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  • Andrew Tay

    Toronto, ON

The soul of an artist and the mind of an engineer.

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I come from a well-rounded professional background, having began my career as an engineer but with a lifetime of fine arts experience. For me, design is the realm where these two worlds converge. My extensive technical knowledge and experience has given me an intuitive understanding of the physical world that truly enhances my creativity. It frees me to create with spontaneity and empathy. ......................................................................................................................... ANDREW TAY 416 826-6082 www.andrewtay.com ......................................................................................................................... SKILLS Product Development / Human Factors Engineering / User Studies / Mechanical Design / Project Management Conceptual Thinking / Form Development / Sketching / Model-Making / Woodworking / Ceramics Web Design (standards-based) / Information Architecture / User Interface Design / Graphic Design / Copywriting / Photography Pro/Engineer (solid and surface modeling) / Illustrator / Photoshop / Office / Sound Forge / Dreamweaver / XHTML / CSS / JavaScript Extensive experience with PC / Macintosh / Unix ......................................................................................................................... EDUCATION Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Master of Industrial Design (1999-2002) - Product Design focus, including Housewares, Consumer Electronics and Musical Instruments. University of Waterloo, Canada Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering (1991-1996) - Electives in Mechanical Design, Human Factors/Ergonomics, Management Sciences. ......................................................................................................................... PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Freelance Design Consultant, New York/Toronto (2002 to present) - Designed and constructed custom musical instruments for percussionist William Ruiz. - Created highly usable, visually appealling websites for small business clients using web standards (XHTML, CSS, JavaScript) International Source for Ergonomics, Toronto Product Manager (1998 to 1999) - Managed a line of ergonomic office accessories, co-ordinating design, production, marketing, sales. - Developed and launched several new products, with an eye for good design and business strategy. IBM User Centered Design, Toronto Human Factors Specialist (1996 to 1997) - Designed and conducted user tests on prototype user interfaces for VisualAge software. - Lead a cross-disciplinary project team toward refining human-computer interaction. Mindspring Center for Higher Learning Math Teacher (2004) NovAtel Communications GPS Digital Electronics Designer (1994) Unitel Communications Engineering Assistant: User Interaction (1994) Toronto Stock Exchange Project Management Trainee (1992) Toronto Transit Commission Student Railway Design Engineer (1992) Freelance Illustrator (1987) ......................................................................................................................... EXHIBITIONS - Speakeasy Industrial Design Show, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (2004) - Pratt Industrial Design Show, Felissimo Design House, New York (2001) ......................................................................................................................... AWARDS and RECOGNITION - Design Exchange Connect and High School Competition; was an official juror for major student design competitions. (2005) - Pratt Industrial Design Graduate Fellowship (1999) - GRE Entrance Exam; earned a perfect score on the math & geometry section. (1999) - Rotary Youth Leadership Award (1998) - Centre for Society, Technology and Values Award (1994) - Nortel/Inco Awards for technical communication excellence (1992 and 1995) ......................................................................................................................... ACTIVITIES and INTERESTS - International travel, Afro-Cuban singing, capoeira, yoga, outdoor sports, playing guitar and bass, teaching, writing. - Created and produced the "Conversations in Music" African arts festival and charity fundraiser.

Education

MID Pratt Institute / BASc University of Waterloo

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