Meghan Plank

Researcher

Meghan's interests span from user experience, to accessibility, to field hockey (or is that an obsession?).

Meghan comes to Intuitive Company for her final co-op experience. She’s currently pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Business Administration with a concentration in Management/Entrepreneurship at Drexel University. After taking classes on research methods, sensation and perception, human factors, and disabilities, Meghan developed an interest in user experience and user interface design, especially accessibility-driven design solutions. After her internship at IC, Meghan has ambitions to earn a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction. IC is the beginning of her professional career with UX research and design, but she’s no newbie to the co-op process. Between spring 2013 and fall 2014, she completed two six-month internships. Her first was at YSC Sports in Wayne, PA, where she served as an intern for the Philadelphia Union’s Sport Psychology Department. At YSC, Meghan contributed to various research articles, literature reviews, and presentations on mental preparation in youth sports. Her second co-op was at Her Game International, a start-up field hockey and lacrosse retail store/training center. She served as the Director of Retail Operations, managing everything under the umbrellas of inventory, customer relations, web development, and social media. At both locations she learned the importance of thorough research to create valuable experiences. As she transitions into the UX field, her focus moves from customers to users of technology, with a goal of generating meaningful design recommendations for various user groups. If you didn’t think she was active enough, Meghan plays Division I Field Hockey for Drexel, and is a member of the Women’s U.S. Indoor National Field Hockey Team. You could call it her passion, but obsession is probably more fitting. She has traveled across the U.S. to play top collegiate teams, including the repeat national champion, University of Connecticut. She has also traveled internationally to compete against Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Germany, and Holland. Meghan is a four-year recipient of the NFHCA Collegiate Scholars of Distinction Award, which is presented to student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. In her spare time (which is essentially non-existent) she enjoys binging on Netflix and tuning in to 92.5 XTU (Philadelphia’s Country Station). She’s contemplating keeping her field hockey sticks under her desk to fight off the country haters around here.