The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering held its fourth annual UX Careers Panel, hosted by alumna Rebecca Destello, in April 2019. This event brings HCDE alumni and industry partners to campus to share career success stories and tips with current students.
Nearly 100 HCDE undergraduates and graduate students were in attendance. The Department thanks Rebecca Destello and all of the panelists for another great event.
2019 UX Career Panelists
Research Manager at Facebook
MS HCDE, 2011
Rebecca Destello is a Research Manager at Facebook where she leads teams who work on special projects aimed to improve the quality of experiences in Facebook’s products. Since 2007, she’s led research for a wide variety of problem spaces, including healthcare, government, e-commerce, social media, and startups. Rebecca serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Washington’s Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) department where she has been teaching graduate students in user-centered design, design thinking, research, usability testing, and web design since 2012. She received her Master’s Degree in HCDE in 2011. Prior to that, she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, with a focus on design, printmaking, and art history, also from the University of Washington.
- Ona Anicello, UX Research Manager at Alaska Air
- Irene Barber, Design Director at BlinkUX
- Severin Kibby, UX Researcher at Facebook
- Omeed Chandra, Senior UX Designer at GoDaddy
- Puja Parakh, Manager of User Experience at Starbucks
- Telle Zeiler, Principal UX Researcher at Nordstrom
Irene Barber is a design director for Blink where she leads complex, workflow-driven interaction design projects. She discovered her passion for the user-centered design process while working as a graphic designer, and has pursued UX consulting work ever since. UX fulfills her inquisitive nature by allowing her to learn about, and help solve problems for, a variety of industries and environments and the diverse people within them. She holds a B.S. in Informatics from the University of Washington.
Severin leads research on Gaming Video at Facebook where he works with design and engineering to improve the user experience and inform product strategy.
After writing for two computer magazines and then working as an engineer at Microsoft, Omeed discovered that design was his true passion. He firmly believes that great UX can unlock technology's potential and help people achieve more in their lives. Omeed has worked on Microsoft's Publisher, Education, and OneNote teams (with a leading role in the 2017 redesign of OneNote), and currently works at GoDaddy designing experiences to help people pursue their small business dreams.
After spending 4.5 years helping grow Avvo from a small growth stage startup to a 400+ person company, through acquisition by the parent company of WebMD, Puja Parakh joined Starbucks to lead and grow their User Experience organization, helping to deliver innovative human-centered solutions to one of the largest and most well-respected global companies in the world. As a graduate of the Master's program in Human Centered Design & Engineering at UW, she has held product management and user experience roles in startups, agencies, non-profits, and research institutions. Nowadays, she enjoys sharing what this field has taught her with others and continue to mentor as part of Hexagon UX. When not UX'ing, she enjoys taking photos, and is a volunteer with Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, empowering young individuals to engage their creative potential through music.
Telle Zeiler is a Principal UX Researcher at Nordstrom. She provides UX research leadership and support for omni-channel programs that are creating experiences that cross both store and digital (mobile, app, web) channels. She is also a support lecturer in the HCDE masters program teaching Usability Testing (517). Previously she worked in the Nordstrom Innovation Lab using Design Thinking and Lean UX to come up with and test new and innovative business ideas with customers. She has a M.S. in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington with a concentration in user-centered design.