Melissa Baltrusaitis

About me

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What I do…

I am a 2nd year Master’s of Human-Computer Interaction candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am seeking a full-time human factors/human-computer interaction position in the aerospace, defense, or healthcare fields after May 2019.

How it all Began…

Growing up the daughter of an Air Force pilot, I was constantly surrounded by technological innovation and advanced systematic organization. While my childhood dream was to one day contribute to the space program, I quickly realized that I was drawn to this field due to the challenges presented when designing human-centered systems for complex environments. Since then, I have been honing my business acumen and technical skill in human factors and human-computer interaction through advanced coursework, industry experience, and undergraduate and graduate research.

 

Education

Master of Science
Human-Computer Interaction
Georgia Institute of Technology

Expected Graduation May 2019
Cumulative GPA: 4.0

Bachelor of Science
Systems Engineering With a Concentration in Human Factors
University of Virginia

May 2013
Cumulative GPA: 3.78

Skills

Human Factors Engineering
User Research
UX Design
Web Development
Physical Prototyping
Project Management
Agile Development
Scrum

Work Experience

Graduate Research Assistant
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
August 2017 - Present

  • Developing an interface to aid astronauts in mission planning for deep-space flight, utilizing a human-centered design approach

  • Running human-in-loop experiments to evaluate quality of designs


Sr Technical Product Manager
GE Power
Atlanta, GA
April 2016 - August 2017

  • Led a team of contractors to deliver new web and native projects supporting the engineering function

  • Created relevant designs and documentation that span the SDLC

  • Partnered with the data management team to acquire, standardize, and cleanse gas turbine operating data to aid business development


Freelance UX/UI Designer
PeerIQ
New York, NY
October 2015 - February 2016

  • Overhauled the site’s design and usability through continual interaction with executive leadership

  • Coded styling changes and responsive web functionality


IM Program Manager
GE Power & Water
Atlanta, GA
August 2015 - April 2016

  • Leveraged best practices and automation to design the overall testing and training strategy for the ERP program

  • Migrated the program to agile practices and tools to increase productivity and speed of deployment

  • Mentored Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP) participants throughout their rotations and strengthened the pipeline for the Distributed Power business as the ITLP Representative


Information Technology Leadership Program (ITLP)
GE Capital
Various Locations
July 2013 - August 2015

ITLP is a premier two-year rotational program focused on honing business acumen and technical skill through practical experience, leadership roles, and extensive training.

Full Stack Developer

  • Built modular front-end components using AngularJS and Java

Front-end developer

  • Developed responsive and interactive web solutions using Backbone.js, Handlebars, Ghost, and CSS3

UX Designer

  • Performed usability testing and created high-fidelity wireframes for key business initiatives

Application Lifestyle and Database management

  • Generated SQL scripts to automate user application permissions

  • Managed quarterly releases of a web-based underwriting tool, gathering requirements, conducting user acceptance testing, and monitoring deployment


Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
January 2012 - September 2012

  • Analyzed neural data from mechanoreceptors using MATLAB to put the sense of touch into prosthetics

publications 

"Technologies for mixed-Initiative plan management for human space flight" International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, 2018

“Quantitative characterization of human performance during hip reduction” IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, 2013
Awarded Best Paper

“An engineered tactile afferent modulation platform to elicit compound sensory nerve action potentials in response to force magnitude” IEEE World Haptics Conference, 2013
Awarded Best Paper