Some things about me

I’m Lukas Sexton. My interdisciplinary education stretches across research, design, business, and engineering, which provides me with a unique perspective when designing people-oriented solutions while researching contemporary challenges.

I am an experienced collaborative team player who can design, execute, and implement qualitative and quantitative research findings. For example, I conducted customer development with a family caregiver chatbot application and virtually presented our team’s research findings to the judges. As a result, we earned a $2,500 NSF grant, which further aided our customer discovery research, which subsequently helped us become one of twenty recipients of the $50,000 CoMotion Innovation Gap fund.

Trekking Pikey Peak in Nepal with Mt. Everest on the horizon

Who I am

I have a combination of interdisciplinary skillsets across research, design, business, and engineering that provides me with the technical acumen and the ability to communicate the technical elements in a simple, effective manner, translating complex technical concepts and technologies into strategic business and customer-centric value propositions.

I have a strong understanding of when and how to apply different research processes and design methods. To illustrate, as a result of completing two separate international projects involving contextual inquiry, ethnography, participatory research, a neighborhood road was designed and constructed in Kathmandu, Nepal and a school opened on a rural Japanese island.

For another instance, as a yearlong co-founder for a non-profit volunteer program, I developed keen leadership, oral, and written communication skills delivering timely results, regardless of any ambiguous or financial challenges.

Quantifiable Experiences

8 Years of Studying and Practicing UX R&D
7 Years of Food Service and Customer Service
4 Years of 3D Modeling
1 Year of Insurance Marketing and Sales

Growth Mindset

Outside of school, I continue learning with my growth mindset to improve by getting mentored, completing over twelve hackathons, online courses, and volunteering.

Additionally, I have developed a robust understanding of frontier technologies. I am specifically enthusiastic about the innovations happening in 3D printing, blockchain, climate finance, and telehealth.

For example, I practice translating this knowledge into problem-solving solutions in an engineering environment by participating in hackathons, as demonstrated by my team winning two awards at a blockchain hackathon after researching, designing, and developing a parametric insurance decentralized application.

Soft Skills (ranked by proficiency)

1) Ability to suspend judgment, to work with ambiguity
2) Ability to makes connections across complex ideas
3) Ability to support position or viewpoint with argumentation and logic
4) Ability to work productively with difficult people in a high-stress environment
5) Ability to complete project meeting deadlines and follow-through

Lifelong Learner

Graduate Degree (In Progress):

M.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Western Washington University

License:

Property and Casualty Insurance (WA)

B.A. Minors:

UX Design
Psychology
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Certificates:

Web Content Developer
Innovation Engineering
Designing for Social Innovation & Leadership

My Inspiration

For inspiration to help build a better world, I use the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as guidelines for selecting the types of projects I work on. I value researching and designing solutions that compassionately address humanity’s needs through innovative, people-oriented solutions.

SDG #3:
Good Health & Well-Being

Conducted user research on a educational website for caregivers

SDG #8:
Decent Work
& Economic Growth

Helped rent out three retail units under a downtown non-profit program

SDG #3:
Good Health & Well-Being

Conducted design research to learn about face mask-wearing behaviors

SDG #9:
Industry Innovation
& Infrastructure

Collaborated with a Nepalese community to research, design, and develop a road in Nepal

SDG #4:
Quality Education

Conducted contextual inquiries that led to a school opening in Japan

SDG #13:
Climate Action

Researched blockchain solutions to help businesses adapt to climate change, then designed a decentralized parametric insurance application for maritime shippers.

Lessons learned from prior projects

Discover how I grew from unanticipated complications.

Publications

If you have any questions about my published work, please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

Blockchain Technical Writing
Sexton, L., Ramírez, L., Robinson, M., & S, A. (2021). Build a Marine Insurance Smart Contract With Chainlink
Publication and Presentation
Sexton, L., Buchanan, A., & Yancey, S. (2019, January 11). Helping Children Emotionally Develop: A Design Thinking Case Study About Creating A Tool To Assist Parents In Their Child’s Emotional Well-Being. Var City UW, 1(1).
Conference Paper
Peaslee, M., Sexton, L., Reed, E., & Nelson, J. (2020, July). Effect of Air Quality Alerts on Intended Behavior Change. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2020), San Diego, California.
In Preparation for Peer-Reviewed proceedings
Backonja, W., Yuwen, W., Sexton, L., Takano, A. (2019). Usability Testing of a Web-Based Sleep Self-Management Intervention for Hard-to-Reach Caregivers of Young Children with Arthritis.

Let's Connect.

Feel free to reach out, I'm currently looking to join a team who is passionate about improving the lives of the people around them.