Hey there! I'm Varsha - a people, data and technology nerd who values mindfulness.

As a design researcher, my goal is to help my team make mindful product decisions and to connect the decision makers with the people they impact. I do this by listening, observing, thinking critically, analytically and creatively, and through storytelling. (related: my industry research process, work experience, LinkedIn)

Being a design researcher was never intentional. However, staying as one definitely is. Why? You might wonder.

This field has given me several blissful moments - noticing someone's smile after solving their problem, listening to heartfelt stories, and connecting an engineer with a user. In addition, this field has shaped several of my life values including mindfulness.

As a computer engineer, I wasn't like this. Credit to Georgia Tech's MS-HCI program for pushing my mindset away from tech-solution-how and towards human-problem-why.

Every day, I work hard to be a better human centered design researcher and a better human being.

That's my story! Tell me yours at varsha.jagdale@gatech.edu .