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Hi, I'm Sam!

I am a product designer in San Diego with a strong interest in design and data science. I am passionate about creating amazing experiences that make technology easier to use.

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A continuous smile

Ever since I was young, I was known as the kid who always smiled. I am someone who appreciates all of the good that I’ve been blessed with. When I graduated high school, I decided to study Cognitive Science (Cog Sci) at University because I saw that it gave me the tools to better understand how people thought.


I love food because of how it can connect people and of course, how delicious it is! In my free time, you will catch me watching the NBA, reviewing new boba shops, and dancing salsa.

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A new realization

Halfway through my college journey, I realized that there’s another way for me to understand people, the data they generate. This was how I decided to shift my degree from Cog Sci to Data Science because I realized that it can give me the tools to quantify human choice and understand people better.

A data-obsessed designer

I'm not your "typical" designer - I can't draw for one, and I don't really use Photoshop or Illustrator. Instead, I'm more of a generalist. I love using data-driven methods to help me understand users better. I use Beautiful Soup to scrape data from blogs and use NLP to understand people’s opinions about a certain topic. However, I also obsess over perfecting pixels, but I believe thinking about the big picture - how to use design to bring value to users - is the most important.

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A different future

We live during a time where it seems that tech is never out of sight, however, there are still so many people who struggle with fully using tech. Outside of the tech community, there are so many areas that are lacking horribly. I believe that education is the next area that needs to be revolutionized by tech. I know that great digital products can be a tool that level the playing for student everyone and tap into their max potential.

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Resume

Platter

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UX/UI Designer

Rise

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UX/UI Design Intern

Dexcom

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Product Design Intern

RE: dsgn

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UX Volunteer

thelifeapp.io

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UX/UI Intern

Sep 2020 - Dec 2020

June 2020 - Sep 2020

Jan 2020 - Apr 2020

Jan 2020 - June 2020

June 2019 - Aug 2019

Binging TV shows,

my favorite pastime

When I'm not sleeping, eating, working, or hanging out, I'm probably watching some kind of TV show. It could be a comedy like The Office, a serious drama like The Boys, or some times KDramas like Itaewon Class.

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I wanna be where the people are

Ever since my first trip to Taiwan when I was 10, I knew that I had so much more to learn that I have never seen yet.

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London, 2019

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Vancouver, 2019

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Mexico, 2018

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Hawaii, 2019

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Taiwan, 2017

Food sparks joy

If you know anything about me, you know about my unapologetic love of food and how it brings people together. These are some of my favorite foods that I’ve had the privilege of eating.

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