I'm an engineering manager on the Google Chrome team. In past lives, I was a software engineer and academic researcher.
I manage the Chrome Metrics and Personalization teams. My focus is on making software more usable via experimentation and user research. My teams are responsible for many familiar browser features, like: autofill, the new tab page, security indicators & warnings, omnibox suggestions, translate, and URL display. Behind the scenes, we're responsible for Chrome's A/B testing framework. Previously, I was a Senior Staff Software Engineer on the Chrome Usable Security team. One of my major initiatives was promoting HTTPS: increasing HTTPS adoption among developers and explaining its value more clearly to end users. Before that, I was a research scientist on Google's security research team.
Recent awards include the SOUPS Impact Award, the O’Reilly Defender Award, and the MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35.
I earned a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. My dissertation was on permission systems, and I was advised by David Wagner. I attended the University of Virginia for undergrad, where I had the opportunity to work with David Evans.
I volunteer in the research community as a speaker, committee member, and reviewer. USENIX Security is my favorite conference, and I've served there as a program committee member (2013-2016), invited talks chair (2016), and the current program committee chair (2018). I've also served on committees for other conferences including SOUPS and IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy.