Rutvika Gupta is originally from the Midwest, but also lived in India for seven years. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.F.A. in Industrial Design. Before coming to DSI, she led the user research efforts for multiple products at IBM Design. She has come to DSI to learn the ways design can permeate through rigid and complex systems, and is specifically interested in understanding and analyzing systemic interventions and the various ways humans interact with each other, their surroundings and technology.