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leah WAITEKUS INDUSTRIAL & INTERACTION DESIGN

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CHOBANI | NYC, NY | JUNE 2013 - AUG. 2013 INNOVATION ADVANCED CONCEPTS INTERN • Contributed conceptual ideation • Assisted in art direction • Created graphic design tools for research and in-office communication

AWARDS

I.D.S.U. ECOWELL GROUP COMPETITION | SYRACUSE, NY | FEB. 2013 - MAR. 2013 INDUSTRIAL AND INTERACTION DESIGN: • Collaborated with three other Syracuse University design students to create a new interface and form for the Ecowell vending machines • Contributed in research, ideation, form, graphics, presentation, and interface design

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY DESIGN CHARETTE GROUP WINNER 2011 • First Prize “Syrascope”

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AVAILABILITY SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

EDUCATION SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY SYRACUSE, NY | AUG. 2008 - MAY 2013 B.I.D. INDUSTRIAL & INTERACTION DESIGN Class of 2013

S.U. SEMESTER ABROAD LONDON, ENGLAND | JAN. 2012 MAY 2012

COMMUNITY FOLK ART CENTER | SYRACUSE, NY | OCT. 2012 - FEB. 2013 GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN: • Designed flyers, posters, and hand-outs that are passed around Syracuse University campus and around the Syracuse community • Collaborated with the Marketing Team to create strategies to get information about our workshops and events to Syracuse University campus and the Syracuse community • Documented and helped run One Million Bones workshops on Syracuse Campus MEDLEY MAGAZINE | SYRACUSE, NY | NOV. 2011- DEC. 2011 & SEP. 2012 - PRESENT ART DIRECTOR: • Managed photographers/designers/illustrators • Designed graphics and layouts for the magazine MAD*POW | PORTSMOUTH, NH | JUNE 2012 - AUG. 2012 USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN INTERN: • Researched competitors • Developed concept maps that thoroughly explained projects’ work flows • Contributed conceptual ideation • Created templates to help organize large Axure files • Analyzed content and developed content inventory

360 COMPETITION GALLERY DESIGN | SYRACUSE, NY | NOV. 2011 • Designed posters and graphics for the gallery based off the given brand of the competition • Collaborated with Professor Don Carr and The Warehouse Gallery Curator to create the flow of the gallery

S.U. INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAM | SYRACUSE, NY | SEP. 2011 - DEC. 2011 ASSISTANT TO THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR: • Researched competitors • Participated in weekly meetings to discuss potential program improvements • Blogged on Syracuse VPA website about my experiences as a design student

SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY | SYRACUSE, NY | OCT. 2009 - MAY 2011 ADMISSIONS OFFICE WORKER: • Organized files • Entered information into the computer efficiently

I.D.S.U ECOWELL DESIGN GROUP COMPETITION 2013 • First Prize for interface “Palette” • Second Prize for form “Palette”

GNOME GROUP AWARD FROM PROFESSOR DENISE HECKMAN 2010 • “Clothing for Disabilities” METROPOLIS MAGAZINE GREEN DESIGN CHARETTE GROUP WINNER 2010 • First Prize “Facebook Black” GOLD KEY SCHOLASTIC ART 2008 COVIDIEN GRAND PRIZE ART AWARD 2008 MUSIC AWARD FOR ORCHESTRA 2008 COVIDIEN FIRST PLACE ART AWARD 2007 SILVER KEY SCHOLASTIC ART 2007

SKILLS | INTERESTS DESIGN RESEARCH: • Cultural probes, market research & understanding user needs, case studies, quantitative & qualitative research, system thinking PROCESS: • Sketching, sketch notes, marker rendering, Wacom tablet, concepting, woodworking, fabrics, surface pattern COMPUTER: • Adobe Creative Suite, Solidworks, Keyshot, graphic design, Microsoft Word/ Excel/Powerpoint INTERPERSONAL & INTRAPERSONAL: • Community service, collaboration skills, passionate, problem solver, hard worker, curious, respectful, appreciative, people watcher, design/art/technology blog addict, natural ability to empathize, art direction ART: • Painting, photography, drawing, jewelry making, color intuition, cello, piano, photography


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