Meg Kurdziolek

UX Designer and Researcher

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello. I am a designer.a researcher.a writer.a technologist.an inventor.a tea lover.

I am passionate about simple, clean, and functional UX Design. And I am a total nerd about Research methods and analysis.

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MORE ABOUT ME

I am a User Experience specialist: I have worked as an industry User Researcher and UX Designer for 5+ years. I have my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech. I also have a technical background; prior to my graduate work I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science.

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WORK HISTORY

2013

Senior UX Designer

Weather Underground
  • Conducted in-house and remote user studies to articulate feature requirements and improvements. Methods included participant interviews, think-aloud sessions, diary studies, gorilla testing, and controlled A/B testing with statistical analysis.
  • Designed and wireframed new products and feature enhancements
  • Followed a short-cycle, iterative, Agile based method of design and development for all product features
2012

Data and Research Scientist (Data & Quality Team Lead)

Education Elements
  • Designed visualizations and interaction methods for teachers and principals to explore student data.
  • Managed the Data and Quality Team
2010

Software Engineering Research Intern

Google
  • Investigated the teacher development of educational apps as a use case for the App Inventor for Android platform

2005

Graduate Researcher

Scaling Up SimCalc  (Project with Virginia Tech, SRI, and UMass-Dartmouth)
  • Conducted and analyzed 95 one-hour semi-structured phone interviews with 7th grade teachers in Texas to provide qualitative supplementation to a large-scale quantitative study. This resulted in a Master’s Thesis and report on teachers’ roles in technology adoption/diffusion in K-12 education.
  • Conducted five weeks of classroom observations of 7th grade mathematics in four sites in Texas. This resulted in a doctoral dissertation and report on the relationship between variations of technology use and success in mathematics education.

EDUCATION HISTORY

2011

Ph.D. Human-Computer Interaction

Virginia Tech

Dissertation Title : Classroom Resources and Impact on Learning

Committee: Deborah Tatar (chair), Steve Harrison, Roger Ehrich, Manuel Perez, Jeremy Roschelle

GPA: 3.84/4.0

2007

M.S. Human-Computer Interaction

Virginia Tech

Thesis Title: Educational Technology and Teacher Perceptions: How does the technology fare in the wild?

Committee: Deborah Tatar (chair), Roger Ehrich, Daniel Dunlap

GPA: 3.83/4.0

2005

B.S. Computer Science

Virginia Tech

Major: Computer Science, Minor: Mathematics.

Overall GPA: 3.45/4.0, In Major GPA: 3.55/4.0

SKILLS

RESEARCH: I am an expert at conducting, analyzing, and synthesizing results of both quantitative and qualitative studies. I feel equally comfortable conducting large-scale A/B tests as I do conducting ethnographic contextual inquiries. There is no “one-size-fits-most” research method – I pick the method that will help me answer the question.

DESIGN: I am also an experienced User Experience designer. I love creating paper-based “back-of-the-napkin” wireframes and gradual progressing to functional prototypes.

Research & Analysis Tools

Optimizely

SurveyGizmo

Adobe Analytics (Omniture)

Google Analytics

JMP

SPSS

Design & Wire-framing Tools

OmniGraffle

Axure

Balsamiq

Pidoco

Photoshop

Illustrator

Dev Technologies

HTML5

CSS3

Javascript

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