Hi, I'm Raquel!

I'm a UX design student at Olin College of Engineering and I love projects with social impact.

Raquel at MassMOCA

User Experience Design

This past semester, I took a course called User Experience Design where I worked on a team to design a user interface for front-of-house restaurant workers to easily find food allergen information. We identified this problem by interviewing local restaurant workers. Then we designed wireframes of how the product layout could look and showed those wireframes to the restaurant workers to gain their insights. Finally, we made a design mockup of the app in Figma and conducted an A/B test to improve our design.

A UI design for a food allergen app

Freelance User Researcher

During the school year, I worked remotely to conduct user interviews for a pre-launch, political news aggregator made by Broadsheet. In these interviews, I asked 10 civically engaged students, from a diverse array of political perspectives, questions about how they get their news and what their reactions were to a demo of the app. I was most surprised by how dedicated the students were to checking multiple sources to navigate bias, even with their busy schedules. I synthesized my findings into an 8-page report with shared insights and UI critiques of the app.

A report of UI insights of the new app

Startup Internship Experience

This summer I worked for a startup called Enrich, in San Francisco. There, I redesigned the website to better describe the company's product. I expanded the site from 2 pages to 11 pages by diving deeper into how the product differently serves the customer segments.

A screenshot from join enrich dot com

Project Based Learning at Olin

I have completed dozens of team projects at Olin College of Engineering including an automatic LEGO brick sorter. I served as the Project Manager for the development of the integrated mechanical, electrical and software systems and also developed the final presentation website.

A screenshot of the Lego sorter website

Entrepreneurship for Social Good

As a side hustle, I run a business that sells STEM inspired jewelry. When women in STEM wear this jewelry, it helps younger girls interested in STEM identify role model's in her own community. 20% of profits go to organizations that facilitate STEM programs for girls.

A screenshot from STEM Trendsetter dot com

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