Sophia Yang
About Me
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I'm a creative problem solver. I constantly discover opportunities for more effective solutions to the problems we face every day. I hope to create delightful and effective products that enhance our experiences with the world.

I hold a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design where I developed a process driven design philosophy, starting by asking deep questions and understanding the needs of the stakeholders, and working my way through many design iterations to reach the most effective solution. I spent endless hours using hand tools, power tools and digital tools to prototype and test my ideas. Working with my hands and learning by doing has allowed me to develop the habit of rapidly evolving my designs based on user feedback.

My passion towards understanding how an ecosystem of products provide value to society and my goal of bringing technology closer to people led me to immerse myself in user experience design upon graduation. After working at design consultancies such as Moment Design and THE MEME, I joined Akamai Technologies in the Bay Area where I engaged in several projects redesigning their customer control portal. I spent the past year working on new product designs for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud as a consultant at a digital product design firm called DesignMap. I recently joined the Integrated Design and Management program at MIT where I have the opportunity to cross traditional academic boundaries and get a holistic view on how design, engineering and business function together in the product design and development process.

In my spare time, I like to tinker with electronics, dabbling in the world of physical computing. I enjoy making things out of found objects, Arduino, and code.
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Jewelry
Watch
Design
February 2011
Individual Project For a Class
Fruit
Tray
Design
April 2010
Individual Project For a Class
Metal
Block
Design
November 2010
Individual Project For a Class
Coffee
Table
Design
November 2011
Individual Project For a Class
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A Better
World by
Design
Conference
2009 - 2010
Student Organization
Selected to be a 2010 board member, I was engaged in every stage of the conference planning process. I was specifically responsible for acquiring sponsorship, and built partnerships with companies like Herman Miller, Kimberly Clark and KPCB to raise a total of 50,000 dollars. We hosted over 1000 attendees and 120 presenters over three days.
DFA
Design for
America
2011 - 2012
Student Organization
I co-founded the Brown-RISD chapter of Design for America with two other students during my senior year. We each lead an interdisciplinary team of students, and collaborated with community partners to use design problem solving methodologies to make positive social impact. My team focused on tackling issues with teenagers who don’t have easy access to heathy food. I formed partnerships with local organizations such as the Providence Environmental Justice League to enable my team with first hand research opportunities.
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