Gaby Ruiz-Funes

Gaby Ruiz-Funes

whole brain engineering

Chicago, Illinois, US
English, French, Chinese




Engineer by training, passionate about using technology to go beyond products or the web and create a positive social impact through systems design.

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • Experience Engineer, Razorfish

    Jul, 2015 - Present

    Front-end web developer

    • Building a state-of-the-art web-based product for a cient in the Financial sector. Responsible for rendering dynamic data in meaningful ways through interactive javascript charts, graphs, and maps and implementing new structure and styling as part of a major re-branding.

    • Collaborating with a team of front-end and back end developers, creatives, UX designers, and functional analysts to create a platform for our client's customers to manage their personal finance efficiently and effectively.

  • Mentor, Project Lead2015 Jiang China Design Challenge

    Jul, 2015 - Aug, 201514 days

    China's first human-centered design bootcamp, an innovative, intensive 2-week competition for social impact design jointly initiated by China Academy of Art and Northwestern University's Segal Design Institute

    • Led 2 teams of 6 Chinese students each, with focus areas on recycling in China and re-designing public workout spaces for the elderly. Effecitvely taught culturally difficult concepts such as iteration, design research, and prototyping and led students in learning 3-D printing and laser cutting

    • Placed in the top 15 out of 600+ applicants in Alibaba's Dream Bottle competition for social impact.

    • Collaborated with fellow mentors and Northwestern Professors to create impactful programming to effectively teach human-centered design concepts, planning and iterating daily to achieve maximum impact on 36 Chinese students of various backgrounds

    • Organized guest lectures by esteemed Kellogg School of Management Professors and visited IDEO Shanghai, where students held design reviews with IDEO designers.

  • Lead Engineer, New Product DevelopmentITW Hi-Cone

    Aug, 2013 - Mar, 20151 year 7 months

    Lead development of new printed beverage multi-pack packaging and state-of-the-art manufacturing process to address customer needs.

    • Led sales and engineering team in innovation market research and developed strategy to increase beverage consumption in urban consumers by 25%.

    • Managed product launches, achieving financially impactful sales lifts of 8-10% for major customers.

    • Worked closely with operators to teach, learn, and develop efficient processes, which resulted in a project to develop a web-based production data tracking system.

    • Managed continuous improvement exploration project that uncovered $100,000 potential savings from extruded coil standardization.

  • Co-Founder and Chairwoman, ITW Young Professionals Network

    Nov, 2013 - Mar, 20151 year 4 months

    Founded ITW's first employee leadership group focused on the needs of professionals in the first 5-10 years of their career and the strategic goals of ITW's corporate talent acquisition team.

    • Built a volunteer leadership team of 7 cross-functional men and women and successfully pitched a strategic plan that gained the support of ITW leaders and the CEO.

    • Planned and executed 4 networking, professional development, and social events within the first year, gained membership of over 300 young proessionals globall./

    • Established regional cohorts and created innovative programming that fostered connection and enrichment in a multi-generational workforce.

  • Co-op Engineer, ITW Innovation Center

    Jun, 2009 - Sep, 20123 years 2 months

    I worked as an engineer on materials testing, market research, and technical innovation projects over 15 months throughout college.

    • Led a continuous improvement project and worked closely with operators and engineers to reduce clean up time by 63% on a low-volume manufacturing line.

    • Initiated human-centered design research and testing for a welding gun innovation project. Spearheaded user testing, competitive analysis, and data capture systems to evaluate designs and create a quantifiable set of metrics for successful design.

    • Led customer interviews and data analysis of a market research project to identify a $100,000,000 opportunity in the beverage packaging industry.



  • Web Development
    HTML, CSS, JavascriptRubygeotaggingfront-end frameworksjQueryBackbonehandlebarsD3 VisualizationAJAXrake tasksSinatra and Rails appsOAuthSQLSome experience with the MEAN stack
  • Engineering
    Design ResearchLeading ideationHuman-Centered DesignLean ManufacturingOptimizationSupply Chain OptimizationValue Stream AnalysisKanbanProject ManagementDesign for Manufacturing
  • Design
    Adobe PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorAdobe InDesignSolidWorksUGS NXCorelDraw


  • Double Major - Industrial Engineering & Human-Centered Design, Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University

    Jun, 2011 - Jan, 2014

  • Web Development Immersive, an intensive 12-week full-stack bootcamp, Full-Stack Web Development, General Assembly

    Mar, 2015 - Jun, 2015



  • IEMS Senior Leadership Award Northwestern IEMS Department Faculty

    Awarded on: Jun 23, 2013

    Voted by peers as the IEMS graduating student who displayed the most leadership and contribution to the IEMS community

  • Ford Motors Award for Leadership McCormick School of Engineering Deans and Faculty

    Awarded on: Aug 01, 2008

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer, Kolby House Jail Ministry | Cook County Juvenile Detention Center

    Apr, 2012 - Jun, 2013

    Weekly visits to provide company to detainees. Played games, talked, and listened with children ages 13 to 18.

  • Organizer, Workshop leader, Panelist, Career Day for Girls | Northwestern Society of Women Engineers

    Feb, 2009 - Feb, 2014

    Planned material science and industrial engineering workshops for over 300 girls, ages 12-18. Served as a panelist for rising high-school seniors and their parents to encourage engineering as a viable major and career path.



  • Travel

  • Running Marathons



  • James Traver, Software developer and lead instructor at General Assembly Chicago