My name is Andrew Skinner. I am currently working User Experience as a full-time telecommuter for Lockheed Martin within Enterprise IT Applications. My primary User Experience interest revolves around user research including qualitative and quantitative research techniques and leverage data science and analytics to support user experience research.
My professional career thus far in a line…
Intern – Marketing & Communications for Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
First major experience working with Adobe Creative Suite… developed fliers, marketing materials, wrote press releases, and supported Conservatory events.
Completed B.A. in English with a focus in technical writing.
Started as Instructional Design & Technical Training Coordination at Collins Engineers, Inc.
I worked with the NHI (National Highway Institute) course development team helping to create materials for instructor led courses as well as editing technical manuals. I also managed the technical training instructors scheduling and logistics as Collins provides instructors for these courses as well.
This was also my first exposure to Section 508 and Accessibility considerations. As these were government contracts all materials needed to be Section 508 compliant so I made sure materials were in compliance.
I also worked with the Corporate Safety Officer managing PPE audits/safety checks and updating corporate compliance manuals/policy.
Completed Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from UW-Stout
Started MS Degree in Education in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University
Left Collins Engineers, Inc.
Instructional Design at Lockheed Martin Inc.
Hired as Instructional Design to support Enterprise IT Applications. Helped manage development of training courses and also worked Change Management for IT Implementations which included developing communications and communication plans along with reference guides and training.
User Experience at Lockheed Martin Inc.
Changed focus to User Experience at Lockheed Martin Inc. The opportunity came up within the group that I was in to shift focus to UX. This arose from an interest I’ve always had in UX and was bolstered when I sent an email providing survey design feedback to the (at the time) one person UX team.
Completed MS in Education in Learning Design & Technology from Purdue University
User Experience at Lockheed Martin Inc.
Have been working in Enterprise IT Applications as a User Experience Analyst since ~October 2017. My strong suit is User Research, Experimental Design, Usability Studies, and Data Analysis. However, I am competent on the design side as well in terms of developing wireframes and prototypes.
I am also a huge proponent of Accessibility and accessible design. I obtained a CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) from the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) and am part of a core team who is conducting accessibility evaluations on core IT applications & websites to ensure conformance to WCAG 2.1 AA (web content accessibility guidelines) as well as providing outreach and education on IT accessibility within the corporation.
I have also been exploring Python & Machine Learning. I am a big data fan and am currently looking for ways to leverage data and data science to digest data from usability studies, surveys, web analytics, and system telemetry to help drive UX strategy and discovery. So I have been working on some automation for data ingestion with Python and am exploring NLP (natural language processing) to conduct sentiment analysis and categorization on qualitative UX data (such as from usability studies). I plan to also leverage it for descriptive statistics for implemented quantitative metrics in UX studies as well!
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