Portrait of Vanessa Milan

Vanessa Milan

Principal Designer and Manager


Vanessa joined Microsoft Research to pioneer an AI & Research design studio for the NYC, Boston, and Montreal labs. As a User Experience designer, her work has spanned products, tools, and services—and now AI & research-based projects. At MSR NYC, she’s introduced an incubation-style, “fail fast” and human-centered design approach, that’s guided by the principles of inclusion, accessibility, fairness, and ethics. With a Bachelor of Science in Photography from Drexel University and a Master’s in Publishing from Pace University, Vanessa’s career path towards UX design and technology has been a non-traditional one.