Hi, my name is Likang Sun. I’m a product designer with five years of experience as an educator and a designer. I have an MA in Education from Stanford University and will receive my MS in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University in August 2018. I see both teaching and design as being about empathizing with the needs of others and creating positive experiences for them.
I first became interested in UX design while trying to improve the educational experience of my students. My growing passion for design led me to redesign a Chinese education app called BetterChinese and to work at an early-stage edtech startup called PalmDrive. I eventually realized I wanted to deepen my knowledge of design and transition to a career as a designer, leading me to the Human Computer Interaction program at CMU.
Solving design challenges is like a fun puzzle to me. I’m passionate about finding solutions that are pleasant for users, beneficial for business, and feasible for technology team. I care especially about ensuring equal access to information and resources for everyone. I’m also interested in improving the efficiency and transparency of working environments. Most of all, I want to pull communities closer together and enhance trust and collaboration.
In daily life, I’m outgoing, inquisitive, and adventurous. I was born and grew up in China but have lived in Silicon Valley for 6 years. I have been to 30 countries around the world and visited every US national park so far except Denali, Alaska. I hope I’ll be able to visit that one soon! I love talking to people and learning from everyone. When I have a bit of free time, I enjoy hiking, badminton, and creative writing.
Likang is a very innovative and creative designer. She always looks for better solutions and is never satisfied with the status quo. While she was at PalmDrive, she created many new interfaces that we are still using today. Thanks to her hard work we were the first college counselling company in the Chinese market to launch gamification features and a peer ranking board. She also designed the first version of our college admission counseling procedure, which quickly differentiated us from other college admission services and helped us gain our first hundred users. Likang is a team player, a hard worker, and was a major contributor to PalmDrive’s early success.
—Yong Lin, Cofounder of PalmDrive