Today's blog post comes from my colleague, Jeremy B. Carter. I included his middle initial because Autodesk has two employees named Jeremy Carter. Jeremy and I are part of the Strategic Foresight team under Autodesk Research. We're involved in looking at the future — imagining how our customers will work in the future and then helping find a path so our software can help our customers get to that future. The future includes our customers working differently than they do today. It also includes learning to be able to work differently.
With this in mind, Jeremy will be managing two interns this summer.
Mengxi Tan, Future of Work
Mengxi is a first-year Master in Design Engineering (MDE) student at Harvard. Prior to Harvard, Mengxi was a tech consultant at MasterCard and has worked in Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Taipei. In addition to her professional background in business, Mengxi also has a strong passion for digital art and design. For example, Mengxi collaborated with neuroscientists on a National Science Foundation project, Self Reflected, to create a gigantic visualization of the human brain network that is currently on exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. For her undergrad, Mengxi was a dual degree student in Business (Wharton) and Fine Arts (College) at the University of Pennsylvania. Going forward, Mengxi is interested in understanding how technology disrupts our workspace and everyday interaction. During her free time, Mengxi enjoys cooking, baking, gaming, and outdoor activities.
Shared between Autodesk Foundation and Autodesk Research Strategic Foresight, Mengxi will be focusing on the future of work, how the changing nature of work is impacting workers, and the role of lifelong learning to empower individuals as roles and in-demand skills continue to evolve.
Neta Tamir, Future of Learning
Neta is a Ph.D. student in Information Science at Cornell Tech, Cornell University, and a former WiTNY (Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York) Fellow recipient. She is returning for her second summer at Autodesk to continue her work with Visiting Fellow, Mickey McManus, on hacking cognitive bias and the future of learning. Neta earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration on Human-Computer Interaction, from IDC Herzliya, Israel. Specifically, she is interested in designing and applying new technologies to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Together with her advisor Prof. Andrea Stevenson Won, she is developing pain management non-pharmacological interventions for cancer patients using virtual reality.
Under Autodesk Research Strategic Foresight, Neta will be focusing on the future of learning, the role of bias, and how to leverage cognitive shortcuts.
Our interns started today. We are looking forward to meeting Mengxi and working with Neta again.
The future of work is alive in the lab.