I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University, where I work with Jim Herbsleb and his research group. My research focuses on practices and software tools that support distance collaborations. For instance, my dissertation was on how visual software tools can support trust among collaborators. At Carnegie Mellon, my research focuses on community engagement events, such as hackathons and Google Summer of Code, and the use of transparent development environments, such as GitHub, to support the production of scientific software.
I earned my Ph.D. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine under the supervision of David Redmiles. During that time, I was affiliated with the Collaboration Research in Action, Design, and Learning (CRADL) lab. In the summer of 2009, I interned with the Community Information Management (CIM) group at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley. Before graduate school, I worked as a developer of investor education and e-learning online courses.