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.
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.
User Interface Software
I’m writing a book on User Interface Software with my dissertation advisor, Manuel Pérez-Quiñones & colleague Pardha Pyla with Taylor and Francis Group / CRC Press. Stay tuned for details.
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.