I prototype, design, and build delightful user experiences 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 currently work on Google Now, aiming to get you “the right information at just the right time”. Beyond that description, most work is confidential. Look out for us on a screen near you.
From 2013–2014, I worked on Gmail. This project was aligned closely with my dissertation interests because email is such an integral part of our personal information. Many people use their email as a task list, we receive confirmation emails about events, flights, trip plans, and so much planning happens within email.
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.
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.
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.