Education

2002-6 University of Washington - Ph.D. in Computer Science (expected)
Dissertation - Designing a Mobile Information System Architecture for Rural India (working title)
1999 University of Washington - M.Sc. in Computer Science
Thesis - WIL: A Compiler Intermediate Language with Explicit Support for Representations
1996 Brown University: B.Sc. in Molecular Modeling (with Honors)
Thesis - Cation Binding Selectivity of EF-Hand Sites: Perturbation Dynamics of Galactose Binding Protein

Awards

2005 Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship
2005 NSF IGERT Fellowship (declined)
2004 Computer Science and Engineering Fellowship
2003 Bonderman International Travel Fellowship
2003 ACM Conference on Universal Usability Best Paper Award
1995 Hughes Fellowship for Undergraduate Research

Employment

2003-6 ekgaon technologies, New Delhi, India
Founder and Director
Founded technical services firm offering services to NGOs and microfinance institutions focusing on information systems and appropriate rural technologies.
2003-6 Independent Microfinance Consultant, Seattle, WA
Consultant to various national, bilateral and multilateral agencies regarding technical and operational issues for microfinance institutions. Approved consultant for the CGAP IS Fund.
2005 Microsoft Research India, Bangalore, India
Summer Intern
Led project investigating usability of a mobile-phone based data capture framework for rural microfinance institutions.
1997-04 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Teaching Assistant
Responsibilities included lecturing, teaching discussion section, tutoring students and developing exams, projects and homeworks.
2002 Media Lab Asia, Mumbai, India
Research Associate
Researcher at Media Lab Asia, founded by MIT Media Lab and the Government of India Ministry for Information Technology. Directed the HISAAB project, exploring research issues in user-interface design and microfinance.
2000-2 SRISTI, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Technical Coordinator
Co-directed the Knownet-Grin project, implemented by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), with support from the World Bank's InfoDev program.
2000-1 Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Graduate Lecturer
Lecturer in Master's in Computer Applications program, teaching graduate courses in C++ and XML. Developed a new syllabus, lectures, exams and assignments, and was responsible for more than fifty students.
1999 IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY
Visiting Researcher and Intern
Worked with Harold Ossher on the design of an integrated development environment for SOP.
1998-9 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Research Assistant
Research assistant in the Cecil group, working with Professor Craig Chambers.
1996-7 Summit Financial Systems, New York, NY
Application Developer
Involved in the development of financial simulation and valuation models for derivative financial instruments.

Publications

Refereed Journal Publications Refereed Conference Publications Refereed Workshop / Short Publications Other Papers Invited Presentations Popular Press

Service

2006 Program Committee, International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD)
2006 Reviewer, International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD)
2006 Reviewer, IEEE Pervasive Computing Magazine
2005-6 Reviewer, ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI)

Grants

2006 DSH and CAM: Leveraging Low Cost Technology for Rural India, Microsoft Research, Digital Inclusion Program, $100K
2005-6 A Distributed, Accessible and Open MIS Framework for SHGs and SHG Federations, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Pan Asia Program, $30K
2005 International Mobility Grant; Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development and Global Citizenship, $4K
2003-5 Self-management of SHGs Through an Accessible Paper MIS, SEEP Network, Practitioner Learning Program, $85K