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size from a foot to 60 inches in diameter—each equipped with a speaker that broadcasts a unique sound—the sculpture produces a three-dimensional composition. Trimpin designed the piece, and Adams’ team fabricated the spheres’ interiors. The project with Trimpin constituted a highlight in what Adams describes as a career that melds engineering and art. Her path toward industrial design began after earning her bachelor’s in engineering from Harvey Mudd and a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. While at the university, she caught her first glimpse of industrial design, but post-baccalaureate students were not allowed into the program. So, Adams completed her mechanical engineering degree, joined the Industrial Design Society of America—to “devour all the information” she could about the field—and became a technology consultant for Accenture in Seattle.

After leaving Accenture, she accepted a position in 2000 with Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. She spent eight years at Microsoft before enrolling in the Art Institute of Seattle, where she earned an associate of applied arts in industrial design. Adams gained hands-on experience as a volunteer at a local children’s museum and through the EMP Museum internship. After graduating from the Art Institute, she accepted the position with Turner Exhibits. “It was a zigzaggy path, but I’m really glad for the steps I took to get here,” she says. “I’ve always been an artist, and I’ve always been interested in the interaction between humans and objects, so this discipline is perfect for me.” Children play on the eagle’s nest and rope bridge at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, Wash.

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Harvey Mudd College Magazine spring 2014  

Our alumni are world changers. Meet three who are impacting finance, design and medicine. Armed with strong technical experience and trainin...

Harvey Mudd College Magazine spring 2014  

Our alumni are world changers. Meet three who are impacting finance, design and medicine. Armed with strong technical experience and trainin...