MEGAN CACKETT 

Sr. Human Factors, UX Researcher 

I'm a mixed-methods researcher using data to design experiences across physical and digital spaces 🚀

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What is human-factors (HF)?

A discipline that accounts for both the mind and the body, in context (similar to HTI, human-technology interaction). 

For example: a smart watch has an interface that is easy to understand (mind), and fits a variety of biological differences (body), during a walk, run, sleep, etc. (context). 

🛠️ WORK EXPERIENCE 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Google Pixel Buds

HF/UXR lead on the Pixel buds (Series A)

developed the form factor and audio smart features, from idea to launch 

Boeing: Cubes to Collaboration Spaces

Facility Analyst / Project Administrator 

owned the entire process, from idea to implementation of 3 pilot workspaces 

AR Art Mural 

Creative Strategist 

created and tested innovative ideas, aligned with client strategies 

PASSION PROJECTS

🤖 Creating new human-tech interactions

🔵 Mentoring startups through Google for Startups Accelerator

Advise startups on UX, IoT, hardware development, and designing new human-tech interactions, including: EV charging, drone delivery, remote emergency vehicles, residential renewable energies, applying AI and automation to manufacturing and maintenance processes (since Feb. 2022).


🔵 Teaching a graduate course: Design of Smart Technologies (HCID 680-92) 

In this course we look at design examples from science fiction and design iterations of the past to help design new digital and physical experiences across mediums and interfaces (visual, audio, haptic). Teaching at Harrisburg University. 

🪴 Growing UX Communities

🔵 Advisory board member: Master of Professional Studies in User Experience Design (MPS – UXD) at CCAD

The program is focused on addressing the future of UX design related to service design and retail, I help with program and student development. 


🔵 Connecting UX Students to Non-Profits 

Awarded the HU's Presidential Research Grant of $20,000 to create a program connecting UX students to local non-profits to get practical experience and have a positive social impact (project in progress). 

🔎 ACADEMIC RESEARCH

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Cornell Tech Social Technologies Lab 

Conducting experiments in virtual environments (VR) using crowdsourced platforms (AMT). 

Project: Web-based vr experiments powered by the crowd (medium article) 

Publication: Web-based vr experiments powered by the crowd (ACM)  

Presented the project at NYC Media Lab Demo Expo 2018


Fiber Science & Apparel Design 

Part of a $2M+ grant from ARPA-E, research informed the product design of thermoregulated garments, taking the product from V1 ⟶ V2 ensuring product-market fit. 

Project: Thermoregulatory Clothing System

Publication: Thermoelectric air conditioning undergarment for personal thermal management and HVAC energy saving (published after I left)


Integrated Workplace Strategies Lab

Evaluated the corporate workspaces, helping RAND move to an open office plan, and Boeing evaluate changes in it's workplace design. 

Project: What Happens When RAND Rethinks its Workspace 

Project: Cubes to Collaboration: A Generational Divide In the Workplace (M.S. Thesis) 


CU Ergo Lab

Ergonomic evaluation of products, including: handheld products, wearable tech, appliances, and office furniture.  

Publication: Effects of Active Sitting Chairs on Short-Duration Computer Task Performance, Postural Risks, Perceived Pain, Comfort and Fatigue

Publication: Effects of Active Versus Static Standing on Short-Duration Computer Task Performance, Postural Risks, Perceived Pain, Comfort and Fatigue


Design User Experience Technology Lab

Evaluating the response (through eye-tracking and facial tracking) of users having varying levels of control in virtual environments. 


Lectures & Workshops

Adjunct teaching and guest lectures  

Cornell University 

Design Thinking Workshop (partnered with Medium + Google)

DEA 1050: Career Explorations, Human-Factors in Industry 

DEA 5540 Workplace Strategy Studio: Making the Transition into Industry 


Barcelona Technology School (BTS)

Human-Factors in Industry 

History of Human-Factors and Industry Applications 


Harrisburg University

HCID 680-90: Service Design

HCID 504: Qualitative Discovery Research

HCID 680-92: Design of Smart Technology

IMED - Personal Branding & Storytelling Workshop 


Arizona State University (sponsored by HFES Chapter)

Human-Factors Portfolio Workshop 

Volunteer

Conference affiliations & other research communities