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Elèna Ruyter

Philadelphia, PA | eruyter@gmail.com | 646.283.7846

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I have been driven both academically and professionally by a passion for creativity and working in an international setting. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a degree in Fine Arts and Islamic Studies, I was excited to put my education to work as an economic development volunteer in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso. As a volunteer, I was constantly being challenged to ask the right questions, innovate on existing solutions and learn quickly and efficiently from failures. It was this continuous process that pushed me want to study social innovation through design thinking and human centered design. I am currently pursuing a master's degree in integrated product design at the University of Pennsylvania with the goal of using my skills to work directly with developing communities on innovative, appropriate and sustainable solutions.