Hi! I'm Nicole.

I’m a product designer, all about tackling low-resource problems with sustainable solutions that empower people and show a lot of care put into all the details.

​I am currently a Design Impact Engineering Masters student at Stanford University, learning to create beautiful physical products and the accompanying digital and service experiences to increase parity of access to safe, reliable technology. I focus on using equity-centered design methods to ensure the products I design appropriately respond to the lived experience of the intended users. 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.

My inspiration for becoming a designer was simple - to solve problems and help people. I grew up in northern Virginia and come from a large, close-knit Cuban and Puerto Rican family. Prior to my time at Stanford, I explored my interests in hardware system design while studying Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, and learned how to solve problems from subject matter experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I developed and tested electronic systems for both the Mars 2020 rover and Psyche asteroid exploration missions. 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 working on advocacy volunteer projects, making art, undertaking DIY projects, dancing Salsa, playing beach volleyball, or spending time with friends and family.