[Foundation-l] Introducing our Usability Team

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Wed Mar 4 01:05:41 UTC 2009

Make something not only usable but cool! Good luck guys.

On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Naoko Komura <nkomura at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Please join me welcoming the new members of the Usability Project Team.
> Arash Boostani, a fourteen-year tech-veteran from Genentech, has joined
> the project team as a Senior Software Developer.  Arash also previously
> directed the development team of an environmental non-profit directory
> service called WiserEarth, which runs on collaborative software similar
> to MediaWiki.  At WiserEarth, Arash led the way in making the software
> available as open-source software for the development community.
> As of February 1st, Trevor Parscal was internally transferred from the
> Wikimedia tech team to the position of Software Developer on the
> Usability project.  Trevor has over eight years experience as an
> independent consultant in both software development and user interface
> design.  After joining WMF, Trevor worked on data center management
> tools, amongst other development projects.
> Parul Vora, a former resident designer of the Design Innovation Team at
> Yahoo! (Yhaus) and researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, joined the
> team.  Parul brings a unique combined talent of user experience
> research, design, and technology to the team.  She has worked on various
> research and design projects such as experimental information interfaces
> and an event-based media sharing application. At Intel Research Labs,
> she researched open-source physical computing platforms, their sensors
> and actuators, and visual programming languages for mobile phone platforms.
> We are currently interviewing candidates for the second software
> developer position.
> It is my honor and privilege to work with Arash, Trevor and Parul on the
> Wikipedia Usability Initiative. I am excited to have the mixture of
> great talents on the team.
> Naoko Komura
> Program Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation
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