Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
August 2011
Masters of Human-Computer Interaction

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
March, 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The American University of Paris
Paris, France
Fall 2006
Exchange program: French & Psychology


Open Source Robotics Foundation, Mountain View, CA
Lead User Experience Designer & Co-founder | July 2012 – Present
  • Iteratively design and test new features as they are added to ROS and the Gazebo simulator.
  • Create interface mock-ups and work closely with engineers during implementation.
  • Conduct user research and usability testing sessions to ensure designs meet users’ needs and are user-friendly.
  • Provide visual design support for all aspects of the company.
  • Organize and execute company outreach events.
Intuit, Menlo Park, CA
Interaction Designer | December 2011 – June 2012
  • Designed user sign-up process for new e-commerce tool.
  • Conducted user research with small business owners to determine their e-commerce needs.
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Research Assistant | May 2011 – June 2011
  • Designed and conducted a study for an interface that controls multiple robots at a time.
  • Performed and analyzed Contextual Inquiries; developed scenarios and personas.
Willow Garage, Menlo Park, CA
Technical Writer & Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Research Assistant | August 2008 – July 2010
  • Wrote and edited company publications and tutorials.
  • Maintained and wrote for the company website and blog.
  • Researched, designed, and conducted studies on robot user expectations and concerns.


  • User-Centered Design
  • Interaction Design
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Contextual Inquiry
  • Usability Testing
  • Heuristic Evaluation
  • Wireframe Development
  • Open Source Contributions
  • Project Management
  • Event Planning/Coordination
  • Basic HTML/CSS


C. Aguero, N. Koenig, I. Chen, H. Boyer, S. Peters, J. Hsu, B. Gerkey, S. Paepcke, J. Rivero, J. Manzo, E. Krotkov and G. Pratt, 'Inside the Virtual Robotics Challenge: Simulating Real-Time Robotic Disaster Response', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 494-506, 2015.

Robots, Women, and Design: Opportunities Abound, OSRF blog, April 2015.

Paepcke, S. & Takayama, L. (2010). Judging a bot by its cover: An experiment on expectation setting for personal robots. Proceedings of Human-Robot Interaction: HRI 2010, Osaka, JP, 45-52. [21% acceptance rate]


Sexual health & well-being education
Running, swimming, dancing
Backpacking & camping

English: Fluent. American nationality.
German: Fluent. German nationality.
French: Conversant.