Alumni Profile: Deborah Nelson

Human-computer interaction

Being a triplet may not have helped Deb Nelson raise the most money online to support of UMSI’s Alternative Spring Break in 2011, but being from a large and generous family certainly didn’t hurt. In the first-ever student-led fundraiser for ASB, Deb raised $2100 for the school from her family and friends via Crowdrise. She also served on the advisory committee for the annual volunteer activity the following year.

She spent her 2011 ASB experience at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, where she helped redesign their website. That summer, she interned at Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in product management. Her experiences at UMSI included work as a student recruitment assistant and involvement with MIX, the Multi-Ethnic Exchange student organization.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient is a graduate of Duke University with a degree in cultural anthropology with a minor in linguistics. After graduating with her MSI (’12) in human-computer interaction, Deb began work in interaction design for non-profits and universities for Blackbaud in Charleston, South Carolina.