frances yan

engineer   //   designer   //   artist

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I am an interdisciplinary designer / engineer, currently working at Palo Alto Research Center as a User Experience Designer + Researcher. I help bring novel emerging technologies from the lab to the market by identifying opportunities through qualitative user research and hypotheses validation - an iterative process grounded in rapid design testing of human-centered, cross-platform experiences. I enjoy exploring how technology innovations can challenge adopted routines and augment interactions. Due to my hybrid background in engineering and design, I work fluidly and effectively between technical, design, and business groups. I'm open-minded, optimistic, and always interested in learning something new. 




MA + MSc, Innovation Design Engineering

Royal College of Art + Imperial College London
London, UK // 2015

BS, Mechanical Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, USA // 2013


work experience


User Experience Designer + Researcher @ PARC

Palo Alto, USA // February 2015 - present


Innovation Design Engineer Intern @ MADE

Beijing, CHINA // July - August 2014

Research Assistant @ Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies Lab
Berkeley, USA // June 2011- May 2013

Product Design Intern @ Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies

San Francisco, USA // June - September 2012




Design + Making: Design Thinking, Qualitative User Research, Sketching, Machining, Casting

Tools: Solidworks, Fusion 360, Arduino, Processing, Adobe CS 6.0, basic HTML/CSS

Language: Fluent in English and Mandarin 




Theia, Imperial College London @ London, UK // February 2014

Hiram, Perez Peace Center @ Tel-Aviv, Israel // April 2014

S3, Royal College of Art @ London, UK // January 2015
S3, Milan Design Week - La Fabbrica del Vapore @ Milan, Italy // April 2015
ONIXX, Royal College of Art + Imperial College London @ London, UK // June 2015

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© 2015 by Frances Yan

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