Hi! I'm Nicole.

I’m a product designer, all about tackling low-resource problems with a lot of care in all the details. ​I aim to use equity-centered design methods and beautiful, functional design to increase parity of access to innovative, sustainable technology and empower people. I'm looking for Product Design internships or consulting projects beginning June 2021.

Currently at Stanford

I am a Design Impact Engineering Master's student at Stanford University, working on disaster relief in the Gulf –  specifically flood sensing to bridge marginalized communities to dignified recovery, as well as designing tools for coral reef restoration. I also work as a teaching assistant at Stanford's Product Realization Lab, a hands-on facility and set of courses focused on empowering students to bring their ideas to life.

Last year

In the middle the COVID-19 pandemic, I led a team through designing a household-level water purification product for rural Kenyan and Rwandan families through Stanford’s Design for Extreme Affordability program, in partnership with solar home system provider BBOXX.

Former NASA Engineer

I learned how to solve problems from subject matter experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). There, I developed and tested robust electronic systems for both the Psyche asteroid exploration mission and the Perseverance Rover, a science lab on wheels, now driving around Mars looking for signs of life. I received the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Discovery Award for my contributions.

More about me

My inspiration for becoming a designer was simple - to solve problems and help people. I grew up between northern Virginia and Puerto Rico with a large, close-knit Cuban and Puerto Rican family. I think through sketching and prototyping, and love the process of bringing an idea to life. In my spare time, I can often be found undertaking advocacy volunteer or DIY projects, exploring somewhere new, dancing Salsa, playing beach volleyball, or spending time with friends and family.

Explore more of my design work

TRAX: THE LOW-COST
CIRCUIT PRINTER

Check out some of my artwork

TRAX: THE LOW-COST
CIRCUIT PRINTER

STEPPING STONES

SCULPTURE & PHOTOGRAPHY