Claire Tushak


Claire’s unique engineering background involving building physical prototypes to be used in participant research allows her to bring valuable design-driven product insights to each project. Her engineering experience with various phases of product design and development allows her to see a bigger picture of devices and the vitality of focusing on the user’s experience throughout this entire process. She is passionate about human factors research in the medical device industry. Claire has a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

I am willing to travel far and wide to see bands I like perform live.

Your favorite city in the world is...and why?

Pittsburgh, PA! It's quirky and feels like home with all of the wonderful people I met there throughout college.

In your spare time (or if you had spare time), you would absolutely do this:

Evolve my sewing skills.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given:

Be a sponge.

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include...

Maya Hawke, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader

You cannot start the day without doing this...

Enjoying a cup of coffee, on the best days with lavender simple syrup.

Favorite book:

The Wilds

What fictional family would you like to join?

The found family of Apartment 4D from New Girl.
Read Claire's bold insights
March 16, 2023

Instead of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to research, collaboration between manufacturers and human factors research teams can create trusted partnerships and a focus on designing valuable products.

February 27, 2023

To boost adoption of IoT devices, medical device manufacturers should consider four key questions to gain insights into user contexts and perceptions.

February 22, 2023

When used with proper consideration, VR can be a fantastic tool in the researcher’s toolkit.

February 14, 2023

Ethnographic research helps identify nuances to create a more robust understanding of users, identifying unexpected insights that may not show themselves until much later in the product development process.

January 25, 2023

With a few considerations and thoughtful planning, research that includes the a11y community can effectively collect data while ensuring a respectful participant experience to help design products that meet the needs of all users.

November 14, 2022

By being thoughtful of the research process and unique needs of participants, researchers can champion inclusion of those with accessibility needs in research, resulting in better designed products.


Read our team’s latest bold insights

4 make-or-break considerations for health IoT ecosystems

All too often, medical device manufacturers roll out Internet of Things (IoT) devices that struggle to satisfy users and be adopted at scale. That’s in part because health IoT doesn’t exist in a void. Each device fits into a broader ecosystem that includes other...

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