Metal sculpture and psychology may be unlikely dual majors, but they gave Amanda a way to combine her creativity and interest in how people make sense of the world. In addition to her knowledge of welding, she comes to Mad*Pow with a Masters in Human Factors from Bentley University. As a researcher, Amanda looks for ways to collaborate with designers to create something functional, beautiful, and backed up by strong research.
Amanda is passionate about making people’s lives better and safer. She put that passion into practice as a human factors researcher at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she designed tests and performed safety evaluations for drivers, pilots, and air traffic controllers. Amanda counts her biggest achievement as winning the grand prize in web VR at the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon. She designed an app that gives displaced children in a refugee camp a safe, virtual way to experience a new culture.
Amanda’s wide-ranging interests don’t stop when she leaves work. She enjoys a good steak and also spends time lifting weights, decorating cakes, and going to concerts and music festivals.
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October 21 & 22, 2020
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April 14th and 15th, 2020
Online - Due to COVID-19 concerns HXD 2020 will be a virtual event.
The annual HXD conference provides a unique crossroads for a diverse community of creators, practitioners, researchers, and developers, to help accelerate the transformation of our health system. Attracting over 500 visionaries across the health ecosystem, this event is created to drive real world change.Learn More
The Center for Health Experience Design (CHXD) is a community that is designed to foster connection across the health ecosystem. It is only by working together that we can solve the toughest health challenges.Learn More
Ethical Guidelines for Designers
The Designer’s Oath is a tool that helps multidisciplinary teams define the ethical guidelines of their engagements. Designers are responsible for creating more than ever before and with this increased influence, we must take a step back and recognize the responsibility we have to those we design for.Learn More