About Me…

My name is Mary Tsai and I’m currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University in the Master of Design program. I grew up in Lancaster, PA before going to college at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2013, I worked for a few months in Turkey on an archaeological site called Aphrodisias where I documented ancient Roman structures and learned to site survey. I then worked for 4 years in Philadelphia at a zoo and exhibit architectural design firm where I learned and experienced the day-to-day and business side of architecture, which included master planning, drafting, construction administration, and more.

When designing zoos, I worked with all kinds of consultants - from animal conservation groups to experience design firms. I became interested in Interaction Design after seeing many of the successful products that came from all our collaborations and wanted to focus more on the communication between humans and interfaces. I decided to come to CMU in order gain a new perspective on both physical and digital space and how to successfully design for humans through research, observation, and prototyping.

When I’m not working, I enjoy painting and woodworking in my free time.