This is my IQ: Cyan Perry

I’ve been exposed to the incredible power of shared workspace and how it can inform organic and unexpected collaboration between community members.

One of the primary areas of focus for the Portland IQ is conceiving and implementing career pathways that enable our community to build a pipeline of talent that fosters ongoing innovation. An integral part of that pursuit is the collaboration of educational institutions and private industry. And nowhere does that collaboration manifest itself more readily than with student internships at Portland IQ businesses.

So we thought it would be informative to chat with a student who is in the thick of that sort of experience, attending Oregon State University Honors College but spending the summer as an intern for Portland IQ partner Autodesk as part of the PIE Shop team, a collaboration between Autodesk and the Portland startup community at the heart of the IQ. 

Meet Cyan Perry. 

Cyan grew up in Portland, the oldest of four sisters. A passion for drawing led her to study mechanical engineering in Corvallis. That was, until her experience at Autodesk.

“From a young age I have embraced creativity, design, and problem solving.” said Cyan. “So as I entered college at OSU, mechanical engineering seemed to be the perfect major for me. But midway through my experience at PIE Shop — getting to work with an established corporation like Autodesk and the earliest stage of startups — my focus shifted. I’m happy to report that this experience in the Portland IQ positively altered my career path. I’m now officially a design and innovation management major.”

And what drew this talented student to Autodesk in the first place? 

“Learning how to apply knowledge to real life situations and innovate with creativity,” she said. “The Autodesk slogan ‘make anything — which massively adorns the PIE Shop space — is extremely empowering and allows people to positively impact our global community. I love what capabilities Autodesk platforms provide and wanted a glimpse behind the scenes.”

What’s more, through the vantage of PIE Shop, Cyan’s “behind the scenes” view extends to the effort that early stage founders are putting in to building the next innovative company in our region. 

“Working with the PIE Shop has provided an incredible opportunity to learn more about start up companies and what it takes to be a founder,” she said. “What’s more, I’ve been exposed to the incredible power of shared workspace and how it can inform organic and unexpected collaboration between community members. Even in my short time here, I’ve seen how those collaborations can lead to incredible outcomes and projects, for both people and their companies.”

For more on Cyan, her artwork, and her insights, follow her on Instagram at @cyancreates.

Rick Turoczy