I am a qualitative researcher and trained software engineer. I study the collaborative work practices of stakeholders creating and using ecosystems/infrastructures of software and data. I have studied the big data work of climate scientists, oceanographers, microbiologists, and physicists/astronomers. My research supports the design of practices, products, and policies by using interviews, surveys, observations, and artifact analyses.


I received a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, with a minor in Economics, degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010. I completed my PhD in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in August 2016. I have had the privilege of being advised by Dr. Charlotte P. Lee in the Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory where I was also the lab manager and a post-doctoral researcher. Since August 2017 I have been a Computer Science post-doctoral researcher in the Usable Software Systems (USS) group in the Data Science & Technology (DST) Department at Lawrence Berkeley Lab working with Lavanya Ramakrishnan.


My dissertation is titled Software and Space: Investigating How a Cosmology Research Group Enacts Infrastructure by Producing Software. In this qualitative, episodic study I examine the cooperative research work of an observational cosmology research group at the University of Washington, Seattle WA. See my dissertation page for more information.


I may be reached for research inquiries at: pained @ lbl.gov