I am a qualitative researcher—and recovering software engineer—who studies the role of software in twenty-first century society as an integral infrastructural material through sociotechnical lenses. I have been intrigued with design since childhood, beginning with a fascination with Architecture and the built environment and over time shifting to our changing material-digital worlds. My inquiries continually seek to examine and theorize collaborative design work, in particular that related to the development and use of software in different contexts. I am fundamentally interested in the co-development and growth of emergent organizations and their associated software ecosystems.


I intend to defend my dissertation and graduate in Autumn 2015 or Winter 2016 after which I will be seeking further research opportunities where I can employ my qualitative research expertise. My current curriculum vitae is linked above.


I received a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, with a minor in Economics, degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010. Since then I have been a PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. I have had the privilege of being advised by Dr. Charlotte P. Lee in the Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory where I am the lab manager and a graduate research assistant. I have also worked closely with Dr. Jennifer Turns studying lifelong learning and subsequently implications for practice in Engineering Education research.


My dissertation examines the collaborative research work of an empirical cosmology research group at the University of Washington, Seattle WA. This work examines how natural scientists are crafting project infrastructures—what I define as the amalgamation of data products, software, hardware, plots, practices, and knowledge assembled in support of a particular research project’s goals—in the context of larger encompassing project ecosystems. In particular, I examine the co-production of data products and software while surfacing and reflecting upon the craft practices the participants in my study develop and use to accomplish their scientific research work. My dissertation aims to offer a deep and rounded understanding of one group’s twenty-first century, data-intensive scientific research practice as a stepping stone for further inquiries and long-term policy development.


Outside of academia I enjoy literature, music, and in particular coffee. In the Seattle area I particularly enjoy Kuma Coffee at cafes such as Milstead & Company. I further enjoy spending time at Vif Coffee & Wine. In San Francisco I always try to visit Andytown Coffee Roasters and Saint Frank Coffee.


I may be reached for research inquiries at: pained – at – uw – dot – edu