Hey there, I'm Sami.

I’m a fourth year student at the University of Washington studying Informatics with a concentration in Human-Computer Interaction. I strive to create products and experiences that are inclusive, empowering, and positively impact the world. I'm currently designing an AI-driven cybersecurity tool for Google's Android Security Team for my department capstone.

Previously, I was a Product Design Intern at Substantial, where I designed and helped deliver three client products. This past summer I engaged in HCI research at The User Empowerment Lab, where I had the privilege to co-author a research paper on AI-mediated communication.

Before coming to university, I didn't have a specific career path in mind. All I knew was that I wanted to do something creative and impact people. During my freshman year, an Informatics course introduced me to UX design and research. I was fascinated, and I knew then I wanted to enter the design space. I'd realized design was far greater than visual aesthetics: it can truly help people and change the direction of our world.

As Don Norman said, “The idea that a person is at fault when something goes wrong is deeply entrenched in society. That’s why we blame others and even ourselves." Thus, I champion deep collaboration and systems thinking to create products alongside people that streamline and empower.

Some things I enjoy