Hey there! I am Toshi.

I am a product designer and a computer science engineer!

At a point in my professional journey, my curiosity about "why to build stuff" became equally important to my passion of "how to build stuff"!

After graduating from BITS Pilani (India) in Computer Science and Economics, I worked as a front-end developer for 3 years atEbayandFlipkart. It was while I was building scalable experiences for 100M+ users, I started discussing the flows, UX decisions and design patterns with my team and decided to get closer to the problems and its users by making a shift into the world of design.

I am now a Master's student pursuing Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan, School of Information (graduating Dec 2020). I am passionate about building meaningful and scalable experiences using emerging technologies capable of changing the status quo.

When I am not dreaming, I am found dancing, practicing yoga, and designing hand letters.
I am a ginger chai ☕️ person! If you would like to know more about my work, feel free toconnectwith me!

OUTSIDE WORK
Speaking
WIDGETISED DESIGN SYSTEMS: REACT FOO 2019, BANGALORE
GOOGLE DEVELOPERS GROUP & WOMEN TECHMAKERS
METAMORPHOSIS OF THE WEB: DEVFEST 2017
TINYCONF 2019: BUILDING CROSS PLATFORM APPLICATIONS
AT SCHOOL

Teaching

I have always loved teaching and helping people in their journeys.

  • Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan for SI 559: Intro to AR/VR Application design
    I am helping ~90 graduate students to understand basic concepts in the design of AR/VR/MR applications underProf. Michael Nebeling

  • Instructional Aide  at the University of Michigan for SI 507: Intermediate Python programming:
    Helped ~200 graduate students to learn programming in python and concepts of object oriented programming underProf. Mark Newman

  • Public and financial awareness mentor at National Service Scheme (BITS Pilani), India
    Conducted awareness camps and drives across various villages in Rajasthan (India) to educate marginalized groups about micro-financing.

ACADEMIA
Research

Dancing & Yoga

I launched a Youtube channel with my friend almost 2 years back and try to choreograph different dance forms time to time. With quarantine in our lives, I have been practicing yoga and I am vry excited about the process of building strength in my body!