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Hi, I'm Kenji!

I am a born-and-raised Seattleite and relatively recent graduate from the University of Washington, where I studied Human Centered Design & Engineering and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies.

My pronouns are they/them.

I strive to look beyond one-time solutions to big problems because I'm a big believer that one app idea or a 24-hour hackathon is not always the answer.

In school, I liked looking at the ways LGBTQIA+ identity ties into our technological systems. Especially when those ties don’t manifest in the most desirable outputs (I gave a talk once about how much dating apps suck if you’re not cis or straight).

Nowadays I try to figure out how human-centered design processes can streamline my professional work and other parts of my life.


What I'm Up To

Currently, I am a research interviewer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and a contract Spanish translator for QLaw Foundation of Washington.

Previously, I was a research assistant for Dr. Calvin Liang’s dissertation work in collaboration with professor Alic Shook, whose research focused on developing a toolkit to improve sex-education for transgender and gender-diverse youth.

When I'm not working, I'm probably practicing Spanish/Korean, posting song covers, or speed-solving Rubik's cubes!


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