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  • Harvard University ( May-2017 )
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

About (Summary)

Hello and welcome. My name's Bennett, and I'm an opportunity-hungry designer/educator fueled by an incessant desire to pursue quality and uniquity in everything I create. I'm now enrolled in Harvard University's Master of Education Program in Technology, Innovation, and Education. My goal is to combine seemingly incompatible ideas within my research and in doing so fill in (or even create) unseen gaps in design education fieldwork. My logic behind this is that, from what I've gathered, innovation is often the result of forming unheard–of relationships. Thus, in the pursuit of what this master's program is meant to do—advance the field of education—I want to (oxymoronically) follow suit and do something that's never been done. I try to pursue well–crafted unusualness in everything I do. In my free time I enjoy self–publishing illustrated books with bizarre plots, filming surrealist skits for an online video series, experimenting with hand drawn stylization methods, creating illustrations that convey metaphysics concepts, ideating guerrilla industrial designs, submitting humorous essays to academic blogs, and drafting curriculums for imaginary classes. If you feel that we could work together on something, anything at all, please contact me. Let's build something together. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn:


Harvard University
Master of Education - Technology, Innovation, and Education
2016 to 2017
University of Cincinnati
Master of Design - Interaction Design
2015 to 2016
University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Science - Interaction Design, Minor in Information Technology
2010 to 2015

Your Major

Technology, Innovation, and Education

Language Proficiency

English (US)
French (France)

Honors and Awards

Community Service Scholarship,, 2016
This scholarship showcases members who make a difference in their community.
National Engaged Leader Award, National Society of Leadership and Success, 2016
NELA status is granted to inductees involved in Leadership Training Day, six speaker broadcasts, six success networking team meetings, and five hours of community service.
HGSE Communication Fellowship, 2016
Accepted fellows are "coached to be coaches" in the fall semester and take an active role in working with HGSE students, programs, initiatives, and faculty members in the spring semester.
SXSWedu Conference Scholarship, 2016
Selected recipients receive complimentary registration to attend the 2017 South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu) Conference and Festival. SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include "society’s true rock stars: educators!"
John L. Magro Foundation Scholarship, 2016
This scholarship is designed to provide monetary assistance to students of exceptional merit obtaining a degree in the fields of music, art, theater, or science.
Summa Cum Laude, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2016
Graduated at the very top of my class with a 3.983 (all A's except for an A- [98%] in one class).
Directors' Choice Award, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2016
Thesis poster was chosen as Master of Design winner of DAAPworks 2016. Was then granted admittance to displaying in the Directors' Choice Exhibition in the DAAP Galleries.
Master of Design Class Coordinator, M.Des. Class of 2016, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2016
Was elected by faculty and staff of the School of Design to be point of contact with my graduating class. Was also chosen to be carrier of the college flag at commencement, becoming the first DAAP graduate of the ceremony.
Third National Telehealth Conference Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, 2016
Was one of three students at UC to attend the Third National Telehealth Conference on a full scholarship.
Finalist, TEDxUCincinnati Student Speaker, TEDxUCincinnati, 2016
Submitted proposal to independently organized TED event known as "A COSMOPOLITAN World." Proposal entailed a presentation on dormant creativity in adults, entitled, "The Power of Immaturity." Became a top-five finalist.
Master of Design Student Representative-Elect, DAAP School of Design Director Search Committee, 2015
Was elected by my peers to represent all Master of Design students in the 2016 search for a new School of Design Director at UC.
Erwin S. and Rose F. Wolfson Fellowship, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2015
Earned this fellowship for successes in environmental design coursework throughout the Master of Design Program.
Best Gerd Arntz Essay, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design (Communication Design I), 2015
Was singled out as the top Gerd Arntz essay in class (earning a 98% on the essay) due to its merits in writing content and custom text layout.
Graduate Assistantship, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2015
Won tuition stipend for the Master of Design Program.
Magna Cum Laude, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2015
Achieved academic level of distinction "with great honor" for my undergraduate experience at UC.
Certificate of Cooperative Education and Practice Excellence, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2015
A Certificate of Cooperative Education and Practice Excellence is awarded by the Faculty of the Division of Professional Practice & Experiential Learning (ProPEL) for excellence in participation in the Cooperative Education Program.
Winner, UCInvents Competition, UC's Association for Computing Machinery, 2014
For idea involving design system meant to promote portion control in dining halls, proposed using narrated, animated, hand drawn video, and defended in person during three rounds of competition day.
Cincinnati Co-op and Internship Plan Scholarship, Ohio Means Internships and Co-ops Grants Committee, 2014
For achievement merit across several full-time Ohio internships.
Best Amélie Color Analysis Essay, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design (History of Visual Communication), 2013
Was singled out as the top color analysis in a class of over 100 people, regarding the 2001 film Amélie.
Creativity Scholarship, Inlight Studios, 2013
For four years of multifaceted, above-and-beyond help and continuous improvement at Inlight Studios.
Design Systems Scholarship, Crown Equipment Corporation, 2013
For novel ideas developed and pitched to a panel of Crown Equipment representatives throughout a collaborative, sponsored, think-tank-esque design course.
Featured Local Visual Artist, Inlight Studios, 2013
Was chosen by founder and lead artist of Inlight Studios to display numerous mixed media pieces within the Featured Local Visual Artists section.
The Non-Sequitur Award, ArtWorks Cincinnati, 2011
Won the Non-Sequitur trophy for the randomness of my conversational contributions during my summer spent painting the Newport History Mural.
Youtube (Selective) Partnership, Youtube Revenue Share Program (back when Partner status was view-count-earned), 2010
Earned Partner (monetary) status after achieving thousands of views, comments, and featured segments on various social networking entities.
Various Youtube Ranking Awards, Youtube, 2010
Numerous Ranking Awards include #5 Most Subscribed Comedian Channel of All Time in the Czech Republic, and #31 Most Subscribed Channel of All Time in the Czech Republic.
Best Landscape Photo Essay ("Floating Kroger Bag"), Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design (Digital Design Fundamentals), 2010
Was singled out as the top landscape photo essay in class.
Dean's List, Myron E. Ullman, Jr. School of Design, 2010–2015
To be on the Dean's List, a UC student must achieve a semester grade-point average of 3.4 or higher while enrolled in six or more credits per semester.
Fine Arts Association Scholarship, Mariemont High School Fine Arts Association, 2009
Won a collegiate scholarship for continued studies in the visual arts.

Grad School Interests

My graduate school interests include thinking like a child as a means toward creativity, for which my Master of Design thesis won the Directors' Choice Award; humor as an educational and ideation tool; and environmental storytelling as an educational tool.

Intended Job Path

After my Master of Education at Harvard, I plan on entering the design for education industry. Throughout my career I hope to be an 'edutainer,' pursuing positions and projects involving collegiate teaching, writing for television, design research, web design/development, and animation.

Job Experience

Unhangout Project Intern
MIT Media Lab
September, 2016
ScratchEd Meetups Intern
Harvard Creative Computing Lab
August, 2016
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Cincinnati
January, 2016 to May, 2016
Design Research Associate
Live Well Collaborative
August, 2014 to December, 2015
User Experience Design Intern
May, 2015 to August, 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Cincinnati
January, 2015 to May, 2015
Student Graphic Designer
University of Cincinnati
May, 2014 to August, 2014
Inlight Studios
July, 2009 to July, 2014
Interaction Design Intern
Crown Equipment Corporation
January, 2014 to April, 2014
User Experience Design Intern
Fifth Third Bank
May, 2013 to August, 2013
Digital Design Intern
Visa RushCard
September, 2012 to December, 2012
Digital Design Intern
Visa RushCard
March, 2012 to June, 2012
Apprentice Artist
ArtWorks Cincinnati
June, 2011 to December, 2011


Administrative Assistant
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
May, 2009 to June, 2009
Floral Display Design Assistant
Cincinnati Horticultural Society Flower Show
March, 2009 to April, 2009
Custodian Assistant
Ohio Renaissance Festival
September, 2008 to October, 2008
Ticket Booth Assistant
Mariemont City Schools
January, 2005 to May, 2009


My hobbies include drawing, writing, and unicycling. One of my most recent personal projects is a book proposal I have been working on, which can be seen here:


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