Location: Menlo Park, CA
Occupation: Product Design Consultant
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering (MIT), MS in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design (Stanford)
"All my life, I've been a bit of an outlier," says Alison. "An engineer who loves art, an Asian in the Midwest, a woman in technology. I want to break down stereotypes." Alison is a design consultant for companies like HP, Barnes and Noble, Motorola,and IDEO, and manufactures her own product designs. She worked at Ford in Dearborn, where she helped design parts on an aluminum Explorer and at Apple, where she made an efficient heat pipe for the iMac.
Even though she runs her own company called Integral Design and teaches product design at Stanford, Alison still has time to draw cartoons, moonlighting as a storyboard artist and illustrator. On the weekend, she loves hiking and riding her motorcycle.
Winning this competition would mean the world to her. "I've got the academic credentials," she says. "But this title you can't buy."