Manas Tungare

About Me

I prototype, design, and build features at Google. I’m a front-end engineer with a passion for UX and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction.

According to my peers and managers, my skills lie in generating ideas & prototyping new features, and perfecting the user experience on exploratory projects. Most days, I split my time between creating prototypes and demos of new features and on engineering tasks for more established projects.

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Notable Projects

Google Instant

I was the first engineer on Google Instant and worked solo for 3–4 months designing and prototyping the simple yet powerful UI that Google is known for. Fun fact: when I showed an early prototype to members of the infrastructure team, here’s the reaction I got. When Google Instant launched in August 2010, it was referred to as the biggest change to Google since the launch of Google itself.

Voice Search for Chrome

In early 2011, I collaborated with Chrome engineers and Speech researchers to build and launch Voice Search for Google.com. I was the only engineer from Web Search working on this feature. Voice Search launched to extremely positive press in June 2011.

Academic Background

Before joining Google, I obtained my Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech in 2009 (dissertation: “Mental Workload in Personal Information Management: Understanding PIM Practices Across Multiple Devices”). I hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors from the University of Mumbai.

Personal Life

I grew up in Bombay, the financial capital of India, right by the sea. I love to travel with my wife, Amruta, a front-end engineer at Rackspace, and indulge in our shared passion for good food.