Feedback received from past collaborators, managers and people I've mentored:
Manuel CruzVice President of Research & User Experience @ Immersion
Manu is en extraordinary UX Designer and now Researcher. We hired Manu over a year ago to help us unearth the value of next generation haptics and he did an amazing job. His passion for anything XR was also a big asset for our company and his knowledge help us advance our cause. Manu is passionate and super positive, something contagious when your are with him that helps bring up the mortal and energy in the team.
Jamal SabouneSr. Manager Research Science & UX @ Immersion
I cannot emphasize enough how lucky would an entity be to have Manu in their team. Since joining Immersion in September 2019, Manu didn’t shy away from exploring several technologies and markets that were completely new to him, and he succeeded to do so efficiently and timely. Manu was hired given his experience as a UX designer, but in a short time he managed to expand his skills to cover other areas, especially in the UX Research domain. His passion for user-centric products and emerging technologies is contagious, and helped re-focus and advance several initiatives company-wide. On top of his excellent technical skills, Manu’s positive energy and empathy make him an ideal team player, and are highly appreciated by his peers as well as by the management team. Last but not least, Manu was also instrumental in driving many activities that improved the company’s culture and image. For all these reasons I highly recommend Manu knowing he would succeed in any responsibilities he undertakes.
Dave BirnbaumTechnology Strategy @ Immersion
Manu has an unusual mix of talents. He's a skilled designer who can write code to prototype his ideas, and that’s rare enough, but what sets Manu apart even from your garden variety unicorn is his leadership qualities. He cares deeply about team unity, and he shows it through consistently communicating with empathy, balance, and encouragement. He is not always THE leader of a group, but he is always A leader. As a designer, Manu is a highly creative thinker and doer. He is able to identify patterns across seemingly disconnected concepts, integrate them into a hopeful and bright vision of the future, and then visualize and communicate his ideas in a convincing way. His passion for technology, humanity, and XR is unmatched. Getting to know Manu has elevated my perspective on design, technology, and life, and I suspect I’m not alone.
Linda QuachDirector of Marketing @ Immersion
It was a pleasure to work with Manu at Immersion. His ever-positive outlook made an impactful change on the team dynamic. He has the strong ability to look at the problem from many different lenses, which improved our approach to product development. Manu seems to have boundless energy for his work, even going beyond what is asked of him to uncover new ideas and perspectives. I've enjoyed working alongside Manu, and expect to see great successes from him in the future.
Felipe AlmeidaPhD, Sr. UX Researcher @ Immersion
Manu is one amazing person and professional. Our time as teammates was filled with deep discussions about XR, design, philosophy, ethics and science. Although Manu does not come from a traditional research background, he does incorporate the true curiosity and openness of a real scientist. He is always willing to help and bring positivity to the daily routine as well as infuse creativity to different projects he is involved with. Manu can work fast as well as dive deep. He is not afraid of learning nor shy away from passing on his passion for UX design and XR. If I was supposed to bet on someone's success, I would definitely bet on Manu's.
Filip AleksandrowSr. Product Designer @ Immersion
I had a great privilege of working with Manu at Immersion as part of our small UX Team. Manu is a very talented designer, passionate, knowledgeable, professional and very pro-active. You can always count on him, not only to provide quality work, but also great at presentations and excellent talent to infuse design thinking into people and groups around him. Last but not the least; he has a great sense of humour and is very approachable. His soft skills are second to none so it’s always a pleasure to have him around. Manu is an amazing asset to any team and project team.
Liwen WuSoftware Developer @ Immersion
I still remember when I first met Manu (when he was just hired by Immersion), I was really impressed by his insightful comments on Haptics and XR after trying our XR Demos for the first time. He is a talented designer with lots of bright ideas. His passions, positive attitudes and great communication skills make him a wonderful teammate. When we were in the same team in the Challenge Week activities, I was also impressed by his leadership skills when he led our team to successfully complete all the tasks and have a lot of fruitful discussions at the same time. Any team will feel lucky to have Manu!
Vahid KhoshkavaPhD, Sr. Research Scientist @ Immersion
I was impressed by Manu’s personality and skills. He is a visionary, professional, and easy person to work with. A very positive personality even in a tough situation. He is a creative and seasoned UX researcher and designer. He can quickly get to the speed of a new subject, and I was surprised by how he brought new insights and ideas into the Haptics, particularly in the XR domain.
Javed NasirSr. UX Designer @ IBM
Manuel is an exciting person to work with, his energy and passion translates to everything he touches and everyone he interacts with. His keen interest in XR has taken him in wonderful new directions, and he has single-handedly created an XR practice within our company during the time I had the privilege of working with him. Alongside myself, Manuel has been a champion of Designing for Emotion principles with every client engagement, he presses the importance of designing with human emotions in mind at all times. These are the kinds of people I strive to work with and I cannot wait for a new opportunity to work together in the future.
Antoine MazenotUX Designer @ IBM
Manu was my mentor at IBM. I see him as a very talented designer who can deliver at speed on a daily basis without loosing track of the bigger picture: being connected to people. Which makes him extremely smart at understanding processes and breaking gaps between communities. Not many people are as passionate about design. On his free time, he is always experiencing new things, building prototypes, and sharing his findings, which allows him to always know what's happening in the industry. I also see him as a charismatic and inspiring leader who constantly opens doors for people and guides them towards achieving their personal goals.
Benjamin MaunierUX Researcher @ IBM
Manuel a été un véritable exemple pour moi durant ma première année à IBM. Travailler à ses côtés m’a permis d’apprendre énormément, pas seulement d’un point de vue professionnel mais aussi d’un point de vue humain. Il a été une rencontre charnière dans ma carrière et je n’ai aucun doute qu’il aura du succès partout où il passera. Sa passion et son dévouement pour le design et le XR lui permettent d’être un leader dans son domaine et une personne auprès duquel on apprend constamment. Merci pour tout.
Hamza MghafriDirecteur E-Commerce et Technologies Numériques
Manuel fut un excellent professeur. Pédagogue et possédant de solides connaissances dans les technologies web, il a su motiver sa classe et transmettre à son groupe une partie de ses connaissances tout en faisant en sorte que le cours soit intéressant. En plus de ses explications très claires, il a toujours été disponible pour répondre aux questions de ses élèves et leurs apporter de l'aide de manière individuelle. J'espère avoir une nouvelle occasion de travailler avec lui.
Julien MarchalSenior BW/BI Consultant @ Beyond Technologies
Lors de la formation Business Intelligence, Manuel Sainsily a été un élève exemplaire, prêt à prendre les commandes d'une équipe pour mener à bien un projet. En dehors de cette formation, j'ai souvent sollicité Manuel pour connaître son avis, et son expertise possède une qualité digne de grandes entreprises. Je n'hésiterai pas à revenir vers lui.
Julien SEBIREIoT Security Researcher
Ce fut un véritable plaisir d'avoir travaillé avec Manuel au cours des deux dernières années. Il est particulièrement doué dans les technologies Apple, Oracle et Web Strategy, ce qui lui a valut le statut de professeur depuis 2011 au sein de SUPINFO International University. J'espère avoir l'occasion de travailler de nouveau avec lui.