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
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.

DePaul University: CDM Tuition Award
Received a full graduate assistant tuition award of $13,280/- from College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University.

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 (2017-2018 Academic Year).



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



DePaul University, CDM
Graduate Student Ambassador of MS HCI Program
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.

DePaul University
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.



DePaul University
Graduate Assistant (Makerspace Student Leader)
Idea Realization Lab Student Employee Leader:

  • Developed an online presence for the makerspace (a.k.a. IRL) by 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.

DePaul University, CDM
Research Assistant (User Researcher)
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].
  • Sketched, prototyped, 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).

DePaul University
Student Assistant (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. 

Interface Sense, Mumbai, India
Front-End Developer & U.I. Visualizer Intern 
2014 - 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 (Student Member)
2016 - Present

IxDA Chicago (Member)
2016 - Present