Hi, I'm Dan Padgett.  

I am a User Experience Designer & Researcher, who focuses on asking the right questions to identify the real problem, and designing solutions that lead users to their desired outcomes.

Some projects I'd like you to know about.

#ResQMe: Personnel Recovery

Through a 3 day sprint, we created 7 ways that Air Combat Command could modernize personnel recovery communication devices and architecture.

My Role

I was the Lead Researcher, Designer, and Sprint Facilitator.

Main Goal

Provide concepts and strategies for further research and development.

Game of Phones

We identified 7 ways that Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) leadership could implement to account for and guide personnel and their families in emergency situations when primary modes of communication are unavailable.

My Role

I was the Lead Designer, Reseacher, and Sprint Faiclitator

Main Goal

Identify potential paths for further investigation.

Improving IED and Landmine Detection

We developed prototypes for two products that more efficiently and effectively identify IEDs and unexploded remnants of war for the HALO Trust and 10th Special Forces Group.

My Role

I was a Researchers and Designer for this project.

Main Goal

Develop prototypes for products that can be developed by a contractor.


I've done user research and design work for the following organizations:

US Air Force Academy

Air Combat Command

HALO Trust

10th Special Forces Group

Arctic Spark


US Air Force Air Staff

Los Alamos National Labs


Something catch your eye?

I'd love to share more about the projects I've worked on. If you'd like to hear more about any of those mentioned above, or find out what else I've worked on, please email me.

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