Welcome to the Family, Ash!
We recently welcomed a new designer to our work better family! Ash Del Villan is from Cleveland, Ohio where her passion for technology and design began as a teenager. After starting a Robotics club in high school, Ash realized how much she enjoyed designing and building something that made a positive impact on people’s lives.
“I love doing robotics but over time I realized the thing I loved about it wasn’t so much inherent in robotics itself. It wasn’t about the coding and it wasn’t about welding stuff together to make a robot – it was about how these things affected people’s lives. The more that I realized that, and how much that excited me, the more I wanted to move into design.”
As a recently certified Change Management specialist, Ash brings a deep understanding of how important it is for people to be the center of any design project. We are thrilled to have her here at OPX!
Degree: 2014 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, The Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Washington University
First Job: Computer Repair Technician (at 14 years old!)
Favorite Place Traveled:
“Northern Ireland. I had a friend whose family lived up there and I stayed with him and his family for 6 months where we competed in a folk music competition. His family’s home was in the middle of nowhere on this farm with sheep and all you could see was green for miles. His family spoke Irish Gaelic, so now I speak Irish Gaelic! It was so beautiful and my favorite place by far.”
Why did you choose OPX?
“OPX has such a specific approach to design and I felt like it harmonized so well with what I like to do. It’s highly data-based, it’s very intelligent – and during my time here already I’ve realized that everyone here is brilliant. Just clever people. And that really excited me.”
If you could meet anyone in the world, living or passed, who would it be?
“Carl Sagan. I would love to sit on a blanket with him and talk about the stars. If I had to answer where… NASA Observatory? I’ll take that, for sure.”
What’s something we’d be surprised to learn about you?
“When I was a teenager, I learned to play the flute, mandolin, bagpipes and other weird instruments. Back then, everyone I knew was learning guitar because it was the cool thing to do, but that wasn’t for me. And I had a friend who was super into folk music so something he would do for fun in the summer was tour for Renaissance fairs and I thought, ‘This is so cool, I should do this!’ So we got a couple friends together who were musically inclined and we learned traditional folk songs and decided to go to Renaissance fairs and start making money doing this! We traveled to Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and New York, staying in trailers the whole time. I did this between the ages of 16 and 20 in the summers. It was incredible! You also got to dress up, so now I’m super into costuming.”