Wednesday, June 22, 2011

High-Tech Renaissance Man

Diego Mendes ’05 becomes an expert on something new every few weeks. As a user experience researcher, Mendes is ushering in the next generation of interactive technology. In a given day Diego helps to develop technology for everything from mobile applications and web design to touch-screen interfaces and smart homes.

Diego is pursuing his passion for user experience and innovation technologies both in his work as a consultant for Essential Design and as one of only seven research associates at the Design and Usability Center at Bentley University. “I enjoy being able to use my creativity and problem-solving skills to help design products that will make people’s lives simpler, safer and healthier,” he says. In one current project, Diego is prototyping mobile applications that will enable elderly persons to live more independently and risk free by allowing for remote monitoring and control of various household conditions like temperature, oil level, locks and lighting. He will complete his Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley this December.

Originally from Brazil, Diego led the International Students Organization during his time at Gordon. Since his graduation with a Bachelor of Arts
in Psychology and a minor in sociology, the former student leader has lived and worked on five continents, and in 2009 he received a Master of Business Administration from Hult International Business School. “My international experiences help me understand people with different perspectives, goals and needs,” he says. “This translates into more effective soft skills when negotiating with clients and colleagues.”

And what does this high-tech Renaissance man take away from his Gordon experience? Academically, “Gordon’s multidisciplinary Christian liberal arts curriculum prepared me extremely well for the two multidisciplinary programs I studied in at Hult and at Bentley.” He goes on to reflect that his leadership opportunities at Gordon “helped me to gain the confidence I needed to work and lead teams, skills that are extremely needed in my current and previous work experiences.”

To learn more about the projects Diego has worked on, check out his website here.

Diego sets up a special camera to analyze the user experience of a new technology developed for Apple’s iPhone 4.

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