Abhinit Parelkar - UX/Interaction Designer
ABHINIT PARELKAR

Abhinit's Resume

RESUME

education

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

 

achievements

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).

 

Publication

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

 

activities

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.

 


WORK experience

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].

  • 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
User Researcher for the "How UX is Practiced: Two Case Studies from the Field" 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].

Research Assistant (Experimental Design):
Conducted experimental design [Z-bell test - To learn how the lenses affect the perception of the object (ringing bell) while keeping your eyes closed] with ~ 50 participants (including brain-injured patients).



Student Assistant (Document Services)
DePaul University
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
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 hybrid mobile app demo prototypes for the sales team to demonstrate the product vision [using InVision, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, handlebars.js].

 

professional organizations

  • ACM SIGCHI
    2016 - Present

  • IxDA Chicago
    2016 - Present