Sophia Pink is a Master’s student at Stanford University concentrating in computational social science. She recently graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Product Design Engineering with Honors in Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Sophia uses the tools of human-centered design, psychology, and data science to conduct interdisciplinary research and to design systems and experiences.
Sophia conducted award-winning thesis research where she designed and tested interventions for reducing politically biased reasoning. Sophia also ran an independent research project called America at 21, where she drove across the United States interviewing 21-year-olds from all walks of life to understand how young adults think about the future. In addition, after working in the Designing Education Lab for a summer, she authored two papers for the largest national conference of engineering educators.
Sophia uses these research insights to inform her design work. She has designed products (Ex: the Alphabetable -- a side table for kids to learn letters), mobile platforms (Ex: an app that improves the volunteer experience at Second Harvest Food Bank), and services (Ex: The Stanford Voter Project, an initiative that boosted student voter engagement for 3,000 Stanford students).
Sophia has also served as a teaching assistant for three classes, including two at the Graduate School of Business, and has served as an instructor for two student-initiated, credit-bearing courses. At Stanford, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and she graduated with Distinction, placing her in the top 15% of her class.
In her free time, you can find Sophia doing crossword puzzles, running loops around campus, or listening to stand-up comedy and laughing too loudly.
You can find Sophia’s work at www.sophiapink.com.