Hello! My name is Amalya Henderson.
I just graduated with a Masters degree from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I am currently looking for an opportunity to put my user experience and design skills to work in Southern California. My professional interests include user experience design, interaction design, usability testing, e-learning for second languages, educational games, and forward-facing technologies such as augmented reality and human-robot interaction.
My Path to User Experience Design
My path to user experience design started when I chose to major in Psychology at Haverford College. There I was able to explore the unique quirks of the human experience. Throughout college I also worked at my school’s computer help desk, because I couldn’t get enough of computers and love helping people. Although I enjoyed all of my psychology classes, I knew that I didn’t want to pursue a clinical or research career. I wanted to do something related to computers but I hadn’t quite put my finger on what it was yet.
IT and Finding Design
Following college, I worked for a small IT company that contracted work out to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC. I took this time to learn more about different operating systems and user experience while I started exploring other fields. I soon found Human-Computer Interaction, a perfect combination of psychology, computers, and design.
Web Design and Human-Computer Interaction
To get closer to the field, I began working for a small website design company in Southern California where I was able to build my HTML and CSS knowledge, gain the experience of closely interacting with website users, experiment with visual design, and develop management skills. Once I had enough experience, I applied to graduate programs in HCI and was accepted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Masters of Human-Computer Interaction program. I graduated in August 2015 and am looking forward to starting my user experience career.
When I’m not working, I like to sing, play video games, learn new languages, and read lots of fantasy and science fiction books. I’m also an avid karaoke lover!