2019 – Present

PhD in Human-Computer Interaction

LMU Munich | Human-Centered Ubiquitous Computing

Munich, Germany

• Thesis: Designing Behavior Change Technologies for Workplace Wellbeing

• Focus: HCI, UX research, UX design, field studies, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, mixed-methods, prototyping

2015 – 2017 

MASc Biomedical Engineering

University of British Columbia | Surgical Technologies Lab

Vancouver, Canada

• Thesis: A Clinical C-arm Base-Tracking System Using Computer Vision for Intraoperative Guidance

• Focus: Biomedical engineering, computer vision, computer assisted surgery, medical devices

• GPA: 3.94/4.0

2012 – 2015 

BEng Mechanical Engineering

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Canada

• Senior Project: Feasibility of 3D scanning and printing for prosthetic limb sockets

• Sexton Scholar each year for a high academic average.

• GPA: 4.11/4.3

2010 – 2012

Diploma in Engineering

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, Canada

• Dean’s List each year for a high academic average.

• GPA: 3.96/4.0

Work Experience

2019 – Present

UX Researcher

Human-Centered Ubiquitous Computing | LMU Munich

Munich, Germany

• Conduct field- and lab-based user studies

• Analyze quantitative and qualitative data

• Lead research projects in teams of 3 to 9 people

• Teach Masters-level courses (e.g., Intelligent User interfaces, Creative Coding)

• Supervise more than 20 theses/project/seminar students

• Organize lab events (e.g., Winter School, AI meets Entrepreneurs bootcamp)


Co-Founder & CTO


Munich, Germany

• Conducted qualitative user research to understand customer needs and inform product design

• Designed and developed iOS, Android, and Web apps for Mindpalace, a B2C product

• Conducted quantitative user research and A/B testing

• Built the company from the ground up, establishing norms and processes

• Developed corporate strategy, pitched the company, procured funding, and led the development team

2017 – 2019

Mechanical Lead

Axem Neurotechnology

Halifax, Canada

• Led mechanical engineering for this early stage startup

• Designed and developed mechanical aspects of the Axem Pro headset, a medical device for stroke rehabilitation

• Coordinated production and design with electrical and software teams and international manufacturers.

• Rapidly generated prototypes and conducted user tests to optimize for performance, user experience, and safety

2015 – 2017

Research Assistant

Surgical Technologies Lab | University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

• Conducted engineering research exploring computer vision as a means for C-arm fluoroscopy tracking

• Developed custom software to track C-arm movements using computer vision

• Designed and implemented custom hardware and prototypes

• Conducted quantitative tests to evaluate performance and iteratively update the design


Research Assistant

Dalhousie University | NSERC

Halifax, Canada

• Designed and implemented an improved automated testing apparatus for thermal interface materials in extreme conditions

Conducted literature research

• Sourced and procured materials


Student Engineer

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Wabasca, Canada

• Performed mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting for problem wells.

• Optimized well production and performed safety and quality tests on wells and pipelines.

2011 – 2012

Student Engineer

Ledcor CMI

Chetwynd & Matachewan, Canada

• Surveyed in the pit of the Young Davidson Gold Mine and the Willow Creek Coal Mine.

• Designed blast patterns, ramps, and dumps. Created as-built drawings from surveys and updated topographical maps.

• Developed short- and long-term production plans

Volunteer Work


Demo Chair

MobileHCI '24

Melbourne, Australia

Recruit submissions, curate accepted entries

• Plan and execute the demos track on site

• Coordinate with the conference organizing team


Student Volunteer Chair

HHAI '23

Munich, Germany

Recruited, hired, and managed 12 student volunteers

Planned all volunteering tasks for the conference (~150 attendees)

2016 – 2017

President of the Trainee Committee

Centre for Hip Health & Mobility

Vancouver, Canada

• Organized academic and social events for a multidisciplinary facility of ~100 graduate students.

• Chaired committee meetings and acted as a liaison for students at the Centre

2015 – 2016

Team Leader

Bike to Work Week

Vancouver, Canada

• Organized meals and events for a workplace of over 100 people during Bike to Work Week.

• Promoted participation, resulting in a first-place finish.

2010 – 2011

Communications Representative

Burke House Residence Council

Antigonish, Canada

• Communicated House Council decisions to the rest of the residence. 

Promoted events and contributed to Council meetings.

Research Community Service

Event Organization

MobileHCI'24: Demo Chair

MobileHCI'24: Associate Chair

CHIWORK'24: Program Committee

HCUM Winter School '24: Organization Team

AI meets Entrepreneurs '23: Organization Team

MUM'23 Program Committee

HHAI'23: Student Volunteer Chair

HCUM Winter School '23: Organization Team

AI meets Entrepreneurs '22: Organization Team

HCUM Winter School '22: Organization Team


• Special Recognitions for Outstanding Reviews: 2x CHI'24, 2x CHI'23, CHI'22, CH'21

Conferences: CHI'24, CHIWORK'24, DIS'24, MobileHCI'24, TEI'24, AH'23, CHI'23, CSCW'23, DIS'23, INTERACT'23, MobileHCI'23, MUM'23, TEI'23, CHI'22, CUI'22, EICS'22, NordiCHI'22, AH'21, CHI'21, CSCW'21, DIS'21, EICS'21, MindTrek'21



Creative Coding (SS 2020, SS 2021, SS 2022, SS 2023)

Teaching Assistant

Intelligent User Interfaces (WS 2019/20, WS 2020/21, WS 2021/22, WS 2022/23, WS 2023/24)

Teaching Assistant

Bachelors Seminar (SS 2020, SS 2023, WS 2023/24)

Teaching Assistant

Masters Seminar (WS 2021/22, WS 2022/23)

Teaching Assistant

Data Physicalization (WS 2021/22)

Teaching Assistant

Practical Course in Media System Development (WS 2020/21)

Teaching Assistant

Human-Computer Interaction II (WS 2029/20)

Teaching Assistant



Apparatus and Method for Monitoring Brain Activity

Co-inventor. Link to patent on WIPO


Over $70,000 in academic and research awards:


MUM Best Paper Award (Top submission)

CHI Best Paper Award (Top 1% of submissions)


AI Idea Prize


SIGCHI Development Fund Award


Engineers in Scrubs Award


ExxonMobil Oil Canada Scholarship

Dalhousie In-Course Scholarship

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award


Robert Bruce Scholarship

Roberto Rocca Scholarship


Bruce and Dorothy Rosetti Engineering Entrance Scholarship

Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited Entrance Scholarship

Walter Gardner Stanfield Entrance Scholarship


Engineers Nova Scotia Scholarship


Phillip W. Oland Scholarship