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While I am interested in all areas of design, much of my coursework and research has focused on human centered design, universal design, design for people with disabilities, and market research. I am currently a user researcher at User Insight were I investigate how people interact with everything from websites to paper towels.
2003 - 2006 Georgia Institute of Technology
Master of Industrial Design, GPA 3.9/4.0
Thesis Topic: "Personas in the Design Process: A tool for understanding others"
1999-2003 Vanderbilt University
Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, GPA 3.78/4.0
* Summa Cum Laude
* Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
* Pi Pau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
* Tau Beta Pi President: Liaison between engineering faculty and up to 100 society members.
* Community Vanderbilt President: Planned campus-wide events to foster discussion and orgnaization cooperation
2007-Present User Insight
Researcher, Project Manager
* Protocol creation
* Data analysis
* Design recommendations
* Project Management for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 clients
2007 The Coca-Cola Company
* Product development for adult clothing and accessories
* Responsible for day-to-day company-vendor relations for product category
2003-2006 Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Graduate Research Assistant
* Integral role in development of workstation for cronic low back pain paitents
* Investigated current practices through user and prescriber interviews
* Assisted in test fixture design, protocol development, testing administration, and data analysis
2002 Vanderbilt University Mechanical Engineering Department
Dynamics Course Grading Assistant
2002 University of Tennessee Knoxville, School of Engineering
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Participant
* Researched mixtures of flexible and rigid polymers through model simulation
MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, FormZ, C++, HTML
Engineer in Training, certification April 2003
IRB Human Subjects Training, March 2004
Edwards, B and Karen Williams. A Rheological and Morphological Model for Blends of Flexible and Ridid Macromolecules, Polymer Engineering and Science: Nov. 2003
Haynes, S. and Karen Williams, "Computer Workstations to Accommodate Low Back Pain," ATIA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, January 2005.
Williams, K. and Scott Haynes, "Investigation of Low Back Pain Causes and Postural Relief in the Workplace," RESNA Conference Proceedings, Atlanta, GA, June 2005
Haynes, S., Grubbs, R.L., Endicott, S., Williams, K., and Mike Williams, "Using a Wheelchair Seating System to Measure Postural Effects on User Comfort and Typing Performance," to be published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2006).
Georgia Institute Of Technology