Shannon (she/they) is a graduate facilitator at C-SED. She is available for workshops and consultations with students, faculty, and co-curricular teams on topics such as stakeholder and community engagement, conducting interviews, needs assessments, idea generation and concept development, and many other socially-engaged design topics. She is passionate about teaching, mentorship, and support for students of all ages. Through empowerment, collaboration, and co-development, she seeks to push on what a designer looks like, does, and who they are, especially for queer folks, women, and/or people of color, for a more equitable and empathetic world.
Shannon is a Ph.D student in Mechanical Engineering and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her current research focuses on front-end design practices, specifically creativity in engineering, idea generation, and the development of divergent thinking tools. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During undergrad, her interest in inclusive teaching and learning was fostered through her work as a Teaching Fellow as well as utilizing restorative practices focused on participatory learning to promote inclusiveness, relationship building, and problem-solving. Her passion for socially engaged design was then solidified by working with the nonprofit Volunteers for Medical Engineering within the IMAGE Center of Maryland, designing custom solutions to help improve the lives and independence of individuals with disabilities. Shannon’s design expertise also includes experience in automotive product development and combustion research. You can find her in the C-SED lounge area (3360 GG Brown) doing work, reading various fiction and nonfiction books, and talking about her love of plants.