NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is home to the nation’s largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. NASA Goddard’s 2016 rewind is a small sampling of the center’s highlights and memorable moments. Clare Skelly, […]Read more "Goddard Mixtape"
NASA has been named the “Best Place to Work” among large agencies in the federal government for the fifth year in a row, and the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center ranked No. 1 within NASA (No. 10 among 305 overall agency subcomponents across the federal government). The rankings are a result of the Employee Viewpoint […]Read more "Best places to work"
Just a little something to celebrate the Chicago Cubs, who finally won the World Series this year. My family is from Chicago, so it was a pretty special night for us — especially for my great uncle, who’s 102 and had never before seen them win. Let’s #FlytheW!Read more "Cubs"
Problem + Goal Too many students are dropping out of college X (stakeholder). The dropout rate at College X is 62%. The drop out at College Y rate is 45% The VP of Enrollment wants to compare competitive data on a mobile device (a dashboard) on the go anytime. The experience needs to be at least 2 screens. […]Read more "School Showdown"
There’s something so relaxing about smashing some old glass and remixing pieces into a mosaic. This is the result of what happened when my mom asked me to help overhaul our mailbox. This took about three days from start to finish. Here’s the work in progress, before my mom filled in the gaps with grout and we […]Read more "Mailbox"
The Bitcamp team is dedicated to transparency. Part of my responsibility as a lead organizer for the 2016 hackathon was to create a post-event report that reflects on our experience. I noted the highlights of our event and areas where we could improve in the future. This document helps our incoming team know where we have […]Read more "Bitcamp Post-Event Report"
Comic book retailers tend to have limited access to online systems and inventory management tools, making it difficult for comic book subscribers to manage their subscriptions. Stu Colson, owner of New Zealand’s Heroes for Sale comic book store, decided to create his own system, ComicHub. ComicHub provides both a retailer point-of-sale (POS) system and a mobile app […]Read more "ComicHub Usability Testing"
Nomad takes the stress out of planning group trips. This smartphone app enables travelers to collaborate on all aspects of a trip, from drafting an itinerary to documenting and sharing the adventures that happen along the way. The app recommends destinations, supports collaborative itinerary creation and organizes moments captured during the trip. My teammates and […]Read more "Nomad"
I wanted sponsors to feel warmly welcomed the minute they walked into the Armory for Bitcamp 2016. After all, they’re a major reason why we’re able to put on a weekend-long event for 1,000+ hackers. This year, I created a personalized information packet that we distributed to every company that attended Bitcamp. The packet contained […]Read more "Bitcamp Sponsorship Info Packet"
Why must academic posters be so boring? I mean, look at them: Ugh! I wanted to mix things up with my poster design for a course assignment. My team needed to showcase three ideas for a travel app we were designing (learn more about Nomad). I worked with Rachael from my team to design a poster that […]Read more "Nomad poster"
I observed how people use and interact with technology at a Capital Bikeshare Station in the Washington Metropolitan area. I defined two broad tasks for my observation — check out a bike and return a bike. GOALS Understand how users perform a well-defined task using technology via in-site observation Reflect on what makes a technology […]Read more "User interaction observation – Capital Bikeshare"
From sketches to sheet metal and military-grade weapon parts, a look at the redesign process of the Ghostbusters’ proton pack and neutrino wand To think outside the box, sometimes you might have to put yourself in an imaginary world. That’s what my teammates Alicia Geller, Gowtham Ashok and I did when we decided to build a modernized proton […]Read more "Proton Pack + Neutrino Wand"