Photo courtesy from Nia Macknight

Photo courtesy from Nia Macknight

 

Viirj Kan:  Researcher & Designer

Working at the intersection of materials, chemistry, and robotics, Viirj Kan develops interfaces that connect humans to a broad range of systems.

Currently seeking new opportunities, Viirj is a recent graduate of the MIT Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her master's thesis research received Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2017. At the MIT Media Lab, her work focused on translating molecular signals to human senses – environmental information to user experience. Utilizing organic compounds from food, she developed smart biomaterials that change color, scent and form in response to chemical stimuli.

Prior to joining MIT, Viirj conducted human-robot interaction research at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked as a freelance design consultant. Her work has been featured on Fast Company, CNN, Vice, MIT News and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She holds a Master of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Experience

2014 - 2017   MIT Media Laboratory                                   
2012 - 2013   NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory                 

Education

2014 - 2017   Massachusetts Institute of Technology       
2009 - 2014   Art Center College of Design                         

2017          Best Paper Award at CHI 2017
2015          Golden Mouse Award at CHI 2015, Best Video Showcase

Awards