Gateways 2016 introduced undergraduate Joel Gonzalez-Santiago to the work of nanoHUB, presented by Lynn Zentner of Purdue University, and led to an internship.
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Westbrook, Abagail

Abagail Westbrook
Purdue University
Dr. Paul Parsons

My name is Abagail Westbrook. I am currently a junior at Purdue University, in my second year of studying User Experience Design at the Polytechnic Institute. Along with obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in User Experience Design, I plan to earn a minor in Communications at Purdue's Brian Lamb School of Communications. I expect to graduate in the Spring of 2020.  

Through studying UX at Purdue I am being exposed to many of the fields in which UX can be applied, and have chosen to specialize in civic design. In the past, I have had opportunities to work on semester-long projects with Avanade, an IT consulting firm, and Crema, a tech innovation company. I am currently leading a team of six on a project for Garmin aimed at increasing the usability of their app and website.  

At present, I am working as a Research Assistant in the Community-Computer Interaction Lab. The project I am working on currently is aiming to understand the types of interactions on social media that lead to the creation of communities and their subsequent effect on the user's mental health.  

I have also begun working as a usability consultant for the Science Gateways Community Institute. I have the pleasure of working with clients from all over the world of STEM to help make their projects more usable for their users. I have enjoyed the opportunity to hone my skills as UX designer by providing clients with research through a variety of methods according to set milestones.