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:
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
The ComEd Student Innovation Contest: Help design a web dashboard or app for solar users.
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
Received a scholarship of $13,280/- for graduate assistantship from College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University.
Certificate of Appreciation
Received a prize and a "Certificate of Appreciation" for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the CDM Student Ambassador Program (Academic Year 2017-2018).
How User Experience is Practiced: Two Case Studies from the Field.
Putnam, C., Bungum, M., Spinner, D., Parelkar, A.N., Vipparti, S. and Cass, P. (2018). How User Experience is Practiced: Two Case Studies from the Field. CHI '18 Extended Abstracts, April 21-26, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3188468
Eliminating distraction through goal-oriented task management - a UX case study.
Parelkar, A. (2018, September 03). Eliminating distraction through goal-oriented task management - a UX case study. Retrieved from https://uxdesign.cc/neuron-focus-support-eliminating-distraction-through-facilitated-goal-oriented-task-management-d41165c85e6
Neuron Focus Support – Eliminating Distraction Through Facilitated Goal-Oriented Task Management.
Parelkar, A., & Panganiban, G. (2018). Neuron Focus Support – Eliminating Distraction Through Facilitated Goal-Oriented Task Management. Design Incubation Colloquium 5.1 (#DI2018oct), October 27, 2018, DePaul University, College of Computing and Digital Media https://designincubation.com/publications/abstracts/neuron-focus-support-eliminating-distraction-through-facilitated-goal-oriented-task-management/
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
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
2016 - Present
2016 - Present
UX/UI Designer (Volunteer & Remote)
Rainforest Connection, San Francisco, CA, USA
April 2019 - Present
Revamping the UX/UI of Rainforest Connection (RFCx) player app (consumer facing live media streaming software) on iOS & Android platform through cross-functional collaboration.
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.
January 2017 - July 2017
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
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.
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: