SHARI BENKO

UX PORTFOLIO

803-665-0993
sharibenko@gmail.com

"I’ve worked with hundreds of contractors throughout my 22+ year Naval career and Shari by far stands out as the most enthusiastic team player who constantly designs with the end user in mind. Having her personality and work ethic is critical to our success and I can’t say enough about how much value she brings to my team. She’s definitely a meat eater personality and we would not be as prepared if it were not for her efforts. SHE GETS IT, and I can’t underscore how valuable that is as a commodity in warfare."

-Mike Smith
Lead Systems Engineer for Navy Cryptology
C5 Systems / Maritime INTEGRATED MISSION SYSTEMS / L3HARRIS TECHNOLOGIES

WORK EXPERIENCE

General Dynamics Mission Systems (Nov. 2017 - Present)

Senior UX Researcher/Designer
User Experience Center of Excellence

Designer of multiple AI user experiences for various DoD programs using a user centered design approach including contextual interviews, creation of user workflows, and design of interactive prototypes for usability testing. UX Product Owner for Live Training Transformation (LT2) Product Line involving defining and prioritizing design requests, project scoping, goals, and defining deliverables that support end user needs. Designed and prototyped 3D Data plot AI/ML solution to enhance user experience for a tactical EW operational testing platform which includes the ability for users to incorporate feedback to improve the performance of the models over time. Redesigned UX messaging for GDMS internal and external audiences to gain a stronger presence for the UX COE within GDMS.


Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, O.R. (Feb. 2017 - Oct. 2017)

Lead UX Researcher/Designer
Intel Nervana (Artificial Intelligence Products Group)

Created dynamic experiences for deep learning data scientists by conducting UX research, creating and evaluating user workflows, conceptualizing, designing, building and testing prototypes of new functionality for the Intel Nervana deep learning products suite.


Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, O.R. (Jan. 2016 - Feb. 2017)

Lead UX Researcher/Designer
Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Solutions Group

Provided UX direction from a user centered standpoint to various projects within the Analytics and AI solutions group. Worked to improve the UX presence in the data analytics workflow of the Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP), an Open Source PaaS, by creating personas, conducting contextual interviews with data scientists, analyzing work-flows, interactive Axure prototyping and usability testing new and existing UI interactions.


Blue Nile Inc., Seattle, W.A. (Oct. 2014 - Dec. 2015)

UI Designer

Design Interactive experiences to compliment existing brand strategies using a user centered approach to design. Evaluating user flows, conducting research, creating wire-frames and presenting results to stakeholders for approval prior to visual design. Design, conduct, and analyze the results of user testing on prototypes as well as existing website elements to evaluate usability of designs. Project lead on new initiative to re-design and re-write existing education pages with the goals of making the pages mobile friendly (responsive design) and promoting user engagement using interactive elements. Duties require conducting content expert interviews, organizing content, designing site architecture, creating interactive elements, wire-framing, user testing and redlining for hand-off to development team.


EDUCATION

M.S. in Interactive Media

Quinnipiac University, 2015.


B.A. in Communications

State University of New York at Cortland College, 2001.

SKILLS

USABILITY TESTING

USER WORKFLOW DIAGRAMMING

USER PERSONA CREATION

MISSION TASK ANALYSIS

KLM (Keystroke Level Modeling)

ADOBE CS

INTERACTIVE PROTOTYPING

MIL-STD DESIGN

UX PROJECT MANAGEMENT

AI DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE

HTML/CSS

D3.JS

PYTHON

JSON

XML