I spent summer 2014 on the Google Docs User Experience team, where I conducted prototyping, design work, and user research for
several unannounced Google Docs projects.
January 2012 - December 2014
Looking Glass Research Group
I am an alumni of Washington University in St. Louis' Looking Glass HCI research group.
My main research was on using video game elements in educational interfaces (gamification) to increase short- and long-term engagement with instructional lessons.
I also helped with the design & implementation of a system to allow computer science teachers to quickly script automatic tests on their students' code.
Towards generalizing expert programmers' suggestions for novice programmers.
Ichinco, M., A. Zemach, and C. Kelleher. Published in IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, September 2013.
Co-authorship for a paper on a system that allows teachers to code rules that catch common beginner errors, rather than needing to point them out every time--which
then allows beginners without access to teachers the same expert help.
In September 2012, my play This is Me, Wearing a Hat had a two-week workshop with guest dramaturg Michelle Volansky, followed by a staged reading for Washington University in St. Louis'
A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival.
When I was a senior in high school, I wrote a tune for my school's jazz band to play, and it ended up winning the "Illinois Music Educator Association
Student Composition Award" for best jazz composition.