Abhinit Parelkar - UX/Interaction Designer

Abhinit's Resume



DePaul University, College of Computing & Digital Media, Chicago, USA
M.S. Human-Computer Interaction
Graduated with distinction, CGPA: 3.96/4.0
2016 - 2018
Major Elective Courses:

  • Embodied Interaction

  • Information Visualization & Infographics

  • Accessibility and Design for Diverse Users

  • User Experience Design Practicum

  • Independent Study - Experimental Design (Research Assistant)

Symbiosis International University, SICSR, Pune, India
M.Sc. in Computer Applications
2013 - 2015
Specialization in Software Development

University of Mumbai, Ramnarain Ruia College
B.Sc. in Computer Science
2010 - 2013
Major: Applied Computer Science
Minor: Mathematics



The ComEd Student Innovation Contest: Help design a web dashboard or app for solar users.
January 2018

  • Ranked 8th under the leaderboard and was certified as a top performer in the challenge "NOW OPEN TO ALL SOLVERS: Help design a web dashboard or app for solar users" hosted by ComEd - An Exelon Company on MindSumo.

CDM Tuition Award
January 2018

  • Received a scholarship of $13,280/-  for graduate assistantship from College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University.

Certificate of Appreciation
May 2018

  • Received a prize and a "Certificate of Appreciation" for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the CDM Student Ambassador Program (Academic Year 2017-2018).





Graduate Student Ambassador of MS HCI Program
DePaul University, CDM
2017 - 2018

  • Guided and answered queries of prospective students related to the HCI curriculum at DePaul University.

  • Attended graduate information sessions along with faculty and staff members to answer queries of prospective students related to academic curriculum and student life at DePaul University.

  • Volunteered in CDM reception events.

Coordinating Committee Member of XD Roundtable Student Organization
DePaul University
2016 - 2017

  • Coordinated with the leadership team members to organize networking platform events and workshops for M.S. HCI students and alumni.


Introduction to VR with Unity
Dec 2018 - Present
License UC-WC9S0S8C
See certificate

professional organizations

    2016 - Present

  • IxDA Chicago
    2016 - Present



WORK experience

UX/Product Designer (Contractor)
AbbVie Inc., North Chicago, IL, USA
February 2019 - Present

Operations Business Insights:

  • Introducing the UX design/research methodologies, tools and values in the OBI department.

  • Leading and planning the user-centered design activities.

  • Establishing a design system for AbbVie Inc. internal corporate software through collaboration with cross-functional teams.

  • Revamping the user experience of PHI (Product Health Index - internal corporate software) through usability test & heuristic evaluation.

Designer & Researcher (Graduate Assistant)
DePaul University, Idea Realization Lab
January 2018 - June 2018

  • Developed an online presence for the makerspace (a.k.a. IRL) by designing and building a website [using Wordpress].

  • Learned & taught the digital fabrication tools, including 3D printers, CNC routers, and laser cutters to students.

  • Enhanced the lab services and facilities by conducting online surveys for the makerspace.

  • Coordinated with student employees & leadership team to manage lab facilities and troubleshoot makerspace workshop machines.

  • Organized the makerspace events and workshops with the leadership team.

  • Marketed the makerspace events through email campaigns [using MailChimp] and social media.

  • Self-directed the makerspace visitors to the resources/facilities/space by organizing the signage boards.

User Researcher & Prototype Developer (Research Assistant)
DePaul University, CDM
June 2017 - November 2017

"How UX is Practiced: Two Case Studies from the Field" ACM publication (Summer '17 project led by Dr. Cynthia Putnam):

  • Gathered insights by conducting 16 interviews (n=22 people) with leadership and practitioners, and observations (job-shadowing) with 14 of those practitioners we interviewed at two 'in-house' User Experience (UX) organizations in the Chicago area.

  • Transcribed 16 interviews for the analysis.

  • Built affinity diagram to analyze and encode the interviews.

  • Built the contextual design models to understand the interaction patterns [using Adobe Illustrator and Draw.io].

  • Designed and developed a code-based prototype of (AEIOU framework-based) user research tool [using Axure RP, and Material Design Lite] to address the drawbacks of the tools we used in contextual inquiry. 

  • Analyzed qualitative data from the interview transcriptions and observational-based data to come up with common themes [using Atlas.ti].

Using the Z-bell℠ Test to Remediate Spatial Deficiencies in Non-Image-Forming Retinal Processing (Fall '17 project led by Dr. Clark Elliott, Dr. Cynthia Putnam, and Dr. Deborah Zelinsky):

  • Conducted experimental design with 41 participants (including brain-injured patients) to demonstrate that non-image-forming retinal processing takes place even through closed eyelids.

Student Assistant
DePaul University
January 2017 - July 2017

Document Services:

  • Maintained an uninterrupted printing services in various departments by servicing and maintaining high-performance printers and value transfer service machines.

  • Delivered a value-based customer service through campus copy store.

  • Made prompt deliveries of the document resources to the departments with efficiency.

  • Promoted sustainability by advising the printer users about low paper usage and wastage through flyers. 

Front-End Developer & U.I. Visualizer Intern
Interface Sense, Mumbai, India
November 2014 - May 2015

Front-End Development:

  • Developed a responsive user interface for hybrid mobile apps [using the HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap framework, and handlebars.js].

  • Customized website themes for the clients to suit their brand guidelines and business requirements [using WordPress CMS].

  • Developed responsive email newsletters for the clients for their email campaigns.

Information Architecture: 

  • Assisted Sr. UX designer in interviewing the client "Mumbai Angels" & produced wireframes for their web portal to resolve usability issues [using UXPin].

Proof of Concepts: 

  • Obtained more clients for the company by producing proof of concepts & prototypes for the sales team to demonstrate the product vision [using InVision, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, handlebars.js].