brandon caruso

i'm an interaction designer and creative technologist

I'm interested in exploring the intersection between the digital and physical. I like to make things and collaborate with others to generate new ideas and design artifacts for interaction in the broader context.

i like …

music

My first love! I'm a trumpet player, I love to sing, and like to play the piano to relax. My favorite music to listen to is music from before I was born!

time with family

My family is very important to me. I like spending time with my folks and sister. They are the ones who continue to push me to pursue my dreams.

making little cartoons

I like making little vector cartoons in Illustrator when I have a free moment.

train travel

Traveling by train is something I love to do! It's just me, a coach seat, and some interesting fellow passengers for 3-5 days on the rail. I have been across America twice and hope to climb aboard again.

globetrotting

I had a short two week experience exploring London and some neighboring sights. This trip definitely wet my appetite for more international travel and I hope to do more soon!

exploring my backyard

Though I don't drive, I love to take bus trips and explore what my backyard has to offer! My weekends take me to the great outdoors, parks, museums, and art galleries.


i've worked at …

nasa jet propulsion laboratory

intern | 6.2015 – 8.2015

Spending a summer working above "the center of the universe" established a clear turning point in my career. I was exposed to wonderful people and realized that though I liked being a software engineer, I loved human-centered design. My time in sunny Southern California was an amazing life-changing experience.

walt disney world

cast member | 1.2016 – 8.2016

Waiting for my acceptance into graduate school, I decided to pursue a life long dream. I spent half a year working at Walt Disney World Resort, another once in a life time experience. I interacted with people from around the world, worked for a company I greatly admire, and realized the importance of good service design.


i've studied at …

university of washington — mhci+d

master of human-computer interaction and design | 9.2016 – 8.2017

Going from a small campus town to the big city was a definite change of pace, however, MHCI+D has delivered. It has been a wonderful, but challenging, learning journey with 28 other amazing people.

oswego state university

b.s. software engineering | 9.2013 – 8.2015

On the snowy and windy shores of Lake Ontario, I studied Software Engineering. I learned from some of the most intelligent and genuinely good humans you will ever meet.

jamestown community college

a.s. individual studies | 9.2012 – 5.2013

I started off with some humble beginnings. I wanted to explore, while still maintaining my focus on computer science, and JCC was the perfect place to do just that. I wouldn't have wanted to start anywhere else.