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About

 

Our Values

We:
1. Strive for balance, in the workplace and in our own lives and communities;
2. Value diversity and recognize that our differences in culture, background, opinions, gender, sexual orientations and more affect our outlook on life, and help us to better serve our imaginative and knowledgeable clients;
3. Create a culture that supports each other and our clients’ goals;
4. Embrace open-mindedness, the pursuit of projects, experimentation, iteration and risk-taking, understanding that novel solutions come from unexpected places;
5. Assume best intent and demand integrity;
6. Are accountable for our actions and understand that they impact both Panafold and our cultural and physical environment;   
7. Work with passion knowing that our creations are a reflection of ourselves and of our values.
We think these principles give rise to a  work life that embraces creativity and harmony. Our mantra: Keep curiosity alive.

OUR TEAM

 

Founders

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KIT HALVORSEN | Cofounder, CEO

Kit Halvorsen is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, Mr. Halvorsen founded the design company, Common Era. In education, he created the Ideas Fellowship class at Crystal Springs Upland School where he now coaches the graduating seniors through Senior Projects, the culmination of students' one-month independent study. Mr. Halvorsen holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA.

Quote on leading with perseverance: I’m not built to be a rower. I’m not 6’5”, and I can’t bench press much. However, perseverance is what I can contribute to a team. In high school, my job was stroke, to set and keep the pace. That meant holding the stroke rate despite the urge to speed up with excitement or relent when doubtful, no matter what the race brought. Sometimes perseverance is the only thing that gets the team through.

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MEG WITHGOTT | Cofounder, CTO

Meg Withgott is the Co-founder of Panafold and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Withgott co-founded the motion gaming company ePlanet, and led research efforts on media and computation at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. She is a director at Golden Seeds, a network fostering diversity in technology startups, and is a council member at Barnard (President's Advisory Council in Technology) and Harvard Divinity School (HDS Dean’s Council), and a past Fellow at Stanford and Harvard. She is also an inventor with 17 US patents. A Ph.D. in linguistics, her publications are in EE, CS, and the humanities.

Quote on building for the future: How we design our relationship to computers will not hinge on whether or not we add gesture or voice, bots or artificial intelligence, although all these elements clearly matter. Instead, the profound aspect is how our design shapes the culture we’re a part of.

 

PANAFOLD TECHNOLOGy

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JORGE LANDAVERDE 

Jorge Landaverde is a Software Engineer at Panafold. You will often find him reading API/SDK documentation before starting a new project. He loves exploring the world through the art of programming and is fascinated by problems around real time communication/collaboration.  He earned his Bachelors in Science in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His other passion is dancing. He practices Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Kizomba.

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ALEJANDRO MIGUEL BUITIMEA  

Alejandro Miguel Buitimea is a Software Engineer at Panafold and a 4th year Computer Engineering student from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is from the San Fernando Valley and has a passion for technology. His interests include building new technologies with web and mobile development. He also enjoys playing soccer, ordering from Amazon, and being inside the virtual reality environment.

 

PANAFOLD STUDIO

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WUT YEE HTWE 

Wut Yee Htwe is a senior designer at Panafold. She has experience in building and making prototypes using varied techniques and materials ranging from casting concrete to welding steel. She believes that as a designer, it is essential to communicate not only through sketches but also in three dimensions with real materials—letting the object come to life. Between two and three dimensional renderings, Wut conveys vivid stories. She enjoys traveling and exploring new things. With a keen interest in design and technology, she believes a new world can be created.

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BIANCA LIN

Bianca Lin is a designer in residence at Panafold and a recent graduate of California College of the Arts (CCA) with the degree of Bachelor of Architecture. She has architectural construction drawing and modeling experiences ranging from small residential projects to large apartment buildings.

As a designer, Bianca believes a good design should reflect upon its users and create synergy to the narrative. She also enjoys traveling and film photography.

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YUTIAN SUN

Yutian Sun is Panafold’s Product Designer in Residence. He recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a degree in Industrial Design. He loves hands-on work and experimenting with new and different materials, from glass to metal, fabrics and plastics. In his free time he likes to immerse himself in different cultures and explore the world of food. He believes a designer plays the role of communicator between products and users, and designs products based on users' needs.  Good products will speak for themselves.

Our interns

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Abdulmohsen Aloraifan

Abdulmohsen is a design intern at Panafold. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and has recently received an MFA in Design at California College of the Arts with a concentration in Industrial Design. He was born and raised in Kuwait with a passion for art, design and traveling. His practice aims to expand the notion of design aesthetics to include more poetic relationships with the artificial environment.

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Homie Chen

Hungming Chen, who signs his designs "Homie," is a design intern at Panafold. He recently graduated from University of Southern California (USC), where he received his bachelor's degree in architecture. He comes from Taipei, Taiwan and has a passion for music cinematography along with architecture. His professional interest is in enhancing our environments with better design decisions and aesthetic forms. He enjoys flying drones, traveling, playing basketball and piano.

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Ryan jeon

My name is Ryan, and I am a software developer currently attending Northwestern University studying Computer Science and Economics. I was born and raised mostly in Korea, but started my career as a developer here in America. When I am not programming, you could probably find me playing guitar, fishing or gaming.

 
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Brian Palomino

Brandon Palomino is a Software Engineering Intern at Panafold and a 2019 Fellow at Code2040. He is from Southern California and graduated with B.S. in Computer Science, Spring 2018, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His current passions are innovative application development and expanding his skill set with new techniques. He has a Peruvian ethnic background, and a keen interest and enjoyment in trying all sorts of cultural food. You can always find him dancing Urban Kizomba, Salsa, and Bachata.

 

A few of our clients:

Hugh Huddleson, AIA

Hugh Huddleson, AIA

Staprans Design

Staprans Design

Flexform SF

Flexform SF