Johanna Lopez Taveras
Interaction Designer
Graduate Student at Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology
Master of Fine Arts – MFA, Visual Communication Design, Interaction Design,
2016 – 2018

Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
Bachelor's degree, Industrial Design,
2011 – 2015

Beijing Normal University
Language Course, Chinese Language and Culture, 2015 – 2016
Activities and Societies: Dance Group: Contemporary dance and Chinese traditional dance

Escuela Dominicana de Comunicación Oral (EDOCO) and INFOTEP
Diploma courses, Broadcasting | Public Speaking and Master of Ceremonies,
2014 – 2015

Instituto Nacional de Formación Técnico Profesional (INFOTEP)
Certificate, Graphic Arts, 2011 – 2011

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
February 2014 – August 2014
Taught Ergonomics and Human Factors, and Digital illustration.

Arts Teacher
June 2009 – March 2012
Supervise and assist students, encourage creativity and teach techniques in a variety of mediums.

Professional Experience
Graduate Assistant at Rochester Institute of Technology
August 2016 – Present
Provided assistance to the Program Director for Visual Communication Design's Lab.

VR UI Designer
October 2017 – January 2018
Role: Virtual Reality User Interface concept design for the RIT Cary Graphics Art Collection
Investigators: Steve Galbraith and Shaun Foster
Grant: RRLC Breakthru Grant Award

Graphic Design Intern at Genius Plaza
June 2017 – July 2017
Created wireframes and mockups for websites and games.
Designed digital and print advertisement materials.

Advertising Coordinator at El Embajador
April  2016 – August 2016
Advertising and Graphic Design for the two urban hotels of Barceló Hotels & Resorts in Santo Domingo.
Designed advertising materials for magazines, web, activities, and banners; menus, spa brochures, and branding for hotel facilities.

Radio Co–host
May 2015 – April 2016
Co–hosted radio segment “Young Love” transmitted live once a week during the radio program “All We Need Is Love”

Contributing writer
February 2014 – February 2016
Contributed ideas in the magazine meetings, brainstorming and writing articles.

Coordination assistant and Designer at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
April 2015 – August 2015
Coordination, assistance and support in Industrial Design career activities.
Created ad and poster design for activities, exhibitions, lectures, and services for both social media and print media.

Industrial design and ergonomics intern at Molinos Modernos
November 2014 – February 2015
Designed human–focused workspaces.

Honors and Awards
Full scholarship grantee for a Master of Fine Arts
Aug 2016 • Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology in the Dominican Republic (MESCyT)

Hanban, Confucius Institute Scholarship
Aug 2015 • Hanban, China

Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Apr 2015 • Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
1st place in Dominican Republic final –Chinese Bridge Competition
May 2014 • 6th Chinese Bridge National Competition | Hanban
The contents of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural skills and comprehensive learning abilities.
As 1st place winner I was awarded with a travel to China, where I had the opportunity to participate in several Chinese cultural activities with people from all around the world, as well as being part of the 13th 汉语桥 competition held in China in July 2014.

3rd place in Dominican Republic final – Chinese Bridge Competition
May 2013 • 5th Chinese Bridge National Competition | Hanban

2017 Imagine RIT: Amazing Me!

Lopez Taveras, Johanna E. VR Content Creation Graphical User Interface for Product Designers. Frameless Labs Symposium, Rochester, NY, December 1st, 2017

Design Software knowledge
Design / Print
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Acrobat Pro
Macromedia Freehand
Corel Draw

Motion / Interactivity
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Media Encoder

Video / Audio
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Audition

Adobe Muse
Adobe Dreamweaver
Sublime Text

Adobe XD
Invision App

Autodesk Maya
Unreal Engine
Dassault Systèmes Solidworks
Autodesk Fusion 360

Microsoft Suite
Sketch Up
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