Jessica Mindel

MIT Department: Media Arts and Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Tod Machover
Research Supervisor: Nicole L’Huillier
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Hometown: Topanga, California, USA
Website: LinkedIn, Website

I’m a rising senior at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis on New Media and Design Innovation. At the core of my work is storytelling, placemaking, and community-centered design: I seek to build empathetic, embodied technologies that help people more deeply understand themselves, more meaningfully connect with others, and more (co)creatively explore their worlds. Over the past three years, I’ve worked as a product design consultant and project mentor, and software engineer, to explore these ideas in industry. My current research interests lie in HCI, generative and tangible media, creative practices, AR/VR, musical and narrative interactions, and robotics. In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, producing music and singing, digital art, plumbing the depths of philosophy with friends, and hiking.