Presentation: Building Trust During Research — A Student Perspective

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Building trust with those involved on a research project is vital. Our presenters bring a unique student perspective in how they build trust during the beginning phases of research projects. They will share methods they've used to motivate participants and stakeholders to contribute to and to want to be a part of their research.

This will be a beginner/intermediate level presentation with time for Q&A.

6:00-6:30 - Networking
6:30-7:30 - Presentation with Q&A
7:30-8:00 - Wrap-up/more networking

Rhianna and Danielle are both currently students at UPenn's Integrated Product Design (IPD) Master's program.

Rhianna has an undergraduate background in both Mechanical Engineering and Architecture from UPenn. She’s currently continuing her education at UPenn as a second year student in the IPD program. She's exploring the intersection between the technicality in engineering and intentional form finding in design. She has conducted research within robotics and architectural labs at UPenn, and spent this past summer interning as a Product Design Engineer at Streetlife, a street furniture design firm in The Netherlands.

Danielle has a background in Product Design, and is currently a second year in the IPD program at UPenn. She's focusing on exploring the intersection between physical and digital Product Design. She has experience working at Hasbro and Penn Medicine as a Product/Experience Designer. She's also currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Drexel University teaching a Design Thinking course.

Arcweb Technologies ( is a Philadelphia-based digital design and development firm that creates custom software solutions for leading healthcare and financial services organizations. Our mission: To build products people love.