# About Me

Joshua R. Lowry

I believe in making great experiences for humans. I am a well-rounded User Experience (UX) Design Lead with a background in Computer Science. I use my skills in research and design, coupled with my ability to translate with developers to create great products.


Houston, TX USA

# Bio

I have had many jobs throughout my career, most of which lead me to choose a degree in computer science and work with my mind instead of my hands. While at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, I worked on various department websites to improve Section 508 compliance, tutored students, and graded for multiple classes.

I started working at ExxonMobil in 2009 as a unicorn Developer/Designer. I was promoted to a newly created position, User Experience Lead, in 2015. My efforts now are dedicated to making great products and drive organizational adoption of UX Design principles.

# Experience

2009 to Present - User Experience Lead; ExxonMobil

  • Work with Upstream Technical Software Projects to understand their user base, optimize development backlog, and design functionality. Work with Agile development teams to support design implementation.
  • Host training sessions and events to improve the uptake of User Centered Design within the company.
  • Coordinate and moderate usability tests for software products.
  • Hired in 2009 as a Software Developer. Duties included requirements gathering, designing, prototyping, and implementing new software functionality.
  • Technologies: C#.NET, VS2009-2015, Tableau, C++, and more...

Completed two summer internships while obtaining my BS in CS in 2007 and 2008.

# Education

2009 - Bachelor of Science, Computer Science; Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

# Side-gigs

Outside of work I have lead several major efforts.

In 2010, I served as the ExxonMobil Cycling Team Safety Lead. This role is to ensure the safety of all our riders throughout the training season and during the MS150 (Houston to Austin). We were awarded the Gold Safety Award.

From 2011 through 2014, I served as the ExxonMobil Cycling Team Captain. This role included a seat on the Houston ExxonMobil Club Board. I personally oversaw the efforts of our leadership team to ensure that 200-300 cyclists are prepared to complete our flagship charity ride from Houston to Austin every year (MS150). We were awarded the Platinum Safety Award in 2012 and 2013. Together, we raised $1.2 Million for the National MS Society. One of my biggest accomplishments during this time was creating a succession plan for the team's leadership.

After retiring from the Team Captain role I moved on to lead the Energy Riders Training Series. I worked with the leadership from each of the partner teams (14 teams totaling 1000 riders) to organize and conduct training rides geared towards preparing for the MS150. I designed a web tool for estimating training ride consumables based on expected attendance (food, water, etc.). In addition, I designed the information architecture for the training series website and created most of the content.