About Us


Brandon Fiksel

Brandon is passionate about the meeting point between humanities and technology. His formal background is in Writing and Visual Art, but he’s been dabbling with digital media his whole life. Prior to the MHCI program, he worked as a digital producer and project manager in medical marketing agencies in New York City. When he's not designing, he produces bedroom pop music and curates his cat's instagram page.


Dana Frostig

Dana is passionate about user-driven design and creating inclusive user experiences for platforms that help people learn, grow, and take care of themselves. She has a background in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Prior to the MHCI program, she worked as a clinical trials coordinator and user researcher at BrainHQ, a neurocognitive training software company based in SF. 


Molly Schaefer

Molly has a passion for leveraging human-centered design and research to make a lasting impact. She has a background in information science and social computing. Before making her way to the MHCI, Molly worked in Cisco IT as a Business Systems Analyst. She led global benefits systems integrations, steered change management programs, and served as a product owner for various IT services.


Nick Simons

Nick is passionate about bridging the realms of user research and technology. He has a background in Computer Science and Psychology and has done research in data visualisation. Prior to the MHCI program, Nick had a brief stint as a trumpet player in a ska-punk band.


Payal Bhujwala

Working with a focus on design and technology in this project Payal is also passionate about their intermix which excites her the most. She has a background in Engineering majoring in Information Technology and prior to the MHCI program at CMU, she worked in Wipro Technologies as a Software Developer on an Agile team. 



The Master of Human-Computer Interaction program at Carnegie Mellon (MHCI):

A 12-month long intensive program at CMU that exposes students to all aspects of UX design and research. The program culminates in an 8-month Capstone project where teams of students work with an external client, conducting rigorous research, identifying novel problem areas, and proposing and designing a solution to a real-world problem.


The Pittsburgh Foundation (TPF):

Established in 1945, TPF works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community. The community foundation, which has over $1.3 billion in total assets and more than 2,300 individual charitable funds, benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond.