Between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., graduate design student Jesse Kinbarovsky puts his schoolwork aside and focuses on his full-time job. He’s a father to his two young children and a husband. Because of The Doty Society, Jesse is able to spend valuable time with his family.
“If I didn’t have this scholarship, I’d have to be doing more client work,” he said. “Now, after 9, I’m able to stay immersed in academic work without having to refocus.”
Though Jesse has always wanted a career in the arts, and even chose to be an art major at his high school in upstate New York, Jesse is a self-described late bloomer. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas State, Jesse was excited to apply to UT’s design program because of its interdisciplinary nature.
For the last year, Jesse has been in the research phase of developing an application to facilitate a support system for individuals with Type 1 Diabetes. This year he will focus on its creation.
Jesse’s mobile application idea evolved from of a class hybridization project. The professor asked students to select the five most influential devices in their life. For Jesse, a type 1 diabetic himself, one was the insulin pump.
Another was Mozart’s Requiem.
He drew inspiration from the isolation of the insulin pump and the collaborative creation of the Requiem, which was completed after Mozart’s death by three different composers, to create the application. Jesse hopes this app will allow individuals with type 1 diabetes to rely on a three-person social network to support each other.
For Jesse the arts, especially design, create unique expressions of individuals while allowing artists to help people.
“If you didn’t have a perspective on the arts, you wouldn’t be able to help people in the same way,” Jesse said.