Hi, I’m Nur👋 – I’m on the job market this year!

I’m a sixth year PhD student at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I’m advised by John Zimmerman and James McCann.

I’m looking for academic and industry research positions, please reach out if you are hiring!

I am a human-AI interaction designer and researcher. My research goal is to support cross-functional teams in envisioning human-centered AI products and services. I develop resources and innovation processes to (1) support AI concept ideation and problem formulation; (2) sensitize teams to AI capabilities, limitations, and risks; and (3) help teams more fully explore the problem-solution space before selecting what to implement. I leverage participatory approaches, such as design thinking and facilitation, to help teams identify low-risk, high-value AI use cases.

I spent two wonderful summers working as a research intern at Google Research and Microsoft Research in Cambridge, MA and Cambridge, UK respectively. Before Carnegie Mellon, I worked as a design consultant in the industry for over 7 years, designing products ranging from medical to consumer electronics, assistive robots, transportation and toys. I received my master’s and bachelor’s in Industrial Design from METU in Turkey.

My current projects include:

  • AI Design Sprints: Envisioning novel AI-enabled products and experiences is challenging. How can innovation teams ‘‘sketch’’ and ideate AI experiences broadly to discover low-risk, high-impact concepts in the early stages of AI product development? I am working with industry partners to facilitate AI Design Sprints within cross-functional product teams. If you’d like to set up a sprint at your organization, shoot me an email!


  • March 2024 - Upcoming talk at South by Southwest (SXSW) on Designing Successful AI Products and Services
  • January 2024 - Three papers accepted to CHI 2024!
  • November 2023 - Invited talk at the University of Michigan [AI Symposium 2023] [Youtube]
  • October 2023 - Named an 🌟AI Rising Star🌟 by the Michigan AI Lab!
  • October 2023 - Guest lecture on AI Design Ideation at UT Austin iSchool’s Understanding Human-Centered AI class
  • September 2023 – Serving as an Associate Chair for CHI 2024 on the Design subcommittee
  • August 2023 - Invited talk at Microsoft on Designing Vision-Language Model Use Cases in Healthcare
  • July 2023 - 🏅 Received a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at DIS 2023!
  • June 2023 - Started summer internship at Microsoft Research! Hosted by Anja Thieme and Hannah Richardson on the Health Futures team in Cambridge UK
  • April 2023 - Paper accepted to DIS 2023! “Creating Design Resources to Scaffold the Ideation of AI Concepts” [pdf]
  • April 2023 - Paper accepted to FAccT 2023! “Uncovering the Practices and Opportunities for Cross-functional Collaboration around AI Fairness in Industry Practice” [pdf]
  • April 2023 – Served as an Associate Chair for DIS 2023
  • April 2023 - 🏅 The PAIR Guidebook paper received a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2023!
  • January 2023 - Paper from my Google PAIR research internship is accepted to CHI 2023! “Investigating How Practitioners Use Human-AI Guidelines: A Case Study on the People + AI Guidebook” [pdf]
  • January 2023 - Served as an Associate Chair for CHI 2023 in the Design track
  • November 2022 - I passed my PhD thesis proposal and I am officially a PhD candidate!
  • October 2022 - Invited talk at the Microsoft Research Summit Workshop on Metaphors for Human-AI Interaction
  • August 2022 - Invited talk at Google on Envisioning Human-Centered AI Products
  • June 2022 - Started summer internship at Google Research! Hosted by Fernanda Viegas and Mahima Pushkarna