"I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where I went to the University of Cincinnati to get my B.S. in Industrial Design. I've been with GE for 3 ½ years. I've assisted on a couple different refrigeration projects, but the Monogram French Door is one of the first products I've designed from the ground up."
"When I went into college, I thought I wanted to be an architect. After discovering industrial design, I couldn't switch my major fast enough! What I love about industrial design is that it is so comprehensive. We dabble in research, marketing, engineering, and art. Even with my focus on refrigeration within GE, I get to do a wide range of things. One day I might be brainstorming new concepts that are 5 - 10 years out, and the next day I am arguing with the engineers over the draft angles and tooling marks."
"I definitely rely on my aesthetic eye. With the French Door design, I was inspired by the materials-glass and metal, and I thought about the most natural methods for making products out of glass and metal. I wanted the owner to know right away, before even touching the pieces, that this fridge was made from quality products. So I used a lot of right angles, and I designed the fasteners into the face of the bins."
"The biggest challenge has definitely been balancing the aesthetic between sleek and industrial. Each detail has to be purposeful."
"I graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, then attended Indiana University for a Master's degree in Business Administration and Finance. My father was an engineer. He passed away when I was 13, and that drove me to follow in his footsteps."
"While we were developing the Monogram French door refrigerator, we decided we wanted fast and continuous feedback from our customers on the design. Hearing hard truths about features or the design was difficult the first few times, and the continuous changes made our team a little uncomfortable. But by listening to the feedback, we ended up with a brand new look with metal, glass and aluminum that our customers love."
"I am perfectionist, so want my parts, subsystem, and unit to look great and work even better. I'm inspired when I see a product I worked on in people's homes."