So Lan...Why UX?
To make a difference to thousands and millions of users. It's the same reason that brought me to public policy and public health. The goal has always been to help as many people as possible. The work is often invisible and our end users who benefit from our work will never know what we put in. Great UX has the real tangible effect of making people less stressed with their work, not feel stupid, and feel tremendous joy when they achieve something only possible through technology.
UX is the most intellectually convincing and practical method for creating behavior change. I went to a PhD program in behavior change, but I felt I was more often reading about why things weren't working. But this didn't match up to what I was seeing in the world of technology. I wanted to spend my time working on enabling people achieve their goals and tasks. I don't want to spend my time convincing and motivating users to change their behavior. I'd rather spend my time applying theories and techniques to build a convincing path for users to adopt.
UX enables me to bring out my creative AND scientific side. When I was in 2nd grade, I was so obsessed with drawing that all the adults in my life told me to give it up and focus on school work. I ended up going to Stanford and becoming a social scientist. When I discovered UX, it was like finding my childhood pet bird that flew away from home.
Stuff I've Won
1st Place, Startup Weekend EDU LA, Kapor Center for Social Impact Challenge (2014)
1st Place tie, Hack for LA, Health & Development Challenge (2015)
Stuff I like
Tennis & Football, Board Games, Cooking Hacks