Sarah Akhavan - Resume

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Work Experience
Course Instructor of Interaction Design
York University
MAY 2020 - PRESENT
  • Taught over 750  students in 11 classes of the courses.
  • Outlined core concepts, methodologies, processes, tools and techniques in design.
  • Held workshops on prototyping tools like Figma.
  • Held workshops on how to apply design and accessibility guidelines to design.Managed the teaching assistant teams of 4 people.
  • Collaborated with YorkU Project Commons, integrated their real-world projects as deliverables in my courses.
Product Designer
Adanic Banking Informatics
DEC 2016 - JUL 2018,  Tehran
  • Redesigned and enhanced the interfaces of several banking applications and corresponding web dashboards.
  • Conducted iterative contextual inquiries and usability testings.
  • Localized design guidelines to be used in Persian culture and language setting.
  • Designed different variants of the products for different banks.
UI/UX Designer
Torob Online Markets Search Engine
JUN 2016 - SEP 2016,  Tehran
  • Evaluated and restructured product categorization using card sorting.
  • Redesigned flows and interfaces of Torob’s website and mobile app.
  • Improved Torob’s Alexa rank to be among the top 1000 in Iran.
Research Experience
UX Researcher
Practices in Enabling Technologies (PiET) Lab, York University
SEP 2018 - PRESENT
MSc Thesis
  • Developed an empirically derived persona technique for increasing inclusion in the design of Open-Source Assistive Technologies, called the PISHI concept,
  • Applied the concept to a case study of a writing system for people with deaf-blindness and motor impairments.


SmART Toolbox Study
  • Designed a usability evaluation framework for the SmART Toolbox.
  • Conducted usability testing in stages of pretest, test, and post-test.
  • Conducted data analysis over 151 entries.
  • Designed and directed Think Aloud sessions as part of the test stage.
Skills
UX Design

Contextual Inquiry Personas & Scenarios Wireframing Prototyping Usability Testing Cognitive WalkthroughHeuristic Evaluation Designing for Accessibility

Tools

Sketch Figma Adobe XDInVision Illustrator Adee Procreate Treejack

Development

HTML CSS JS Django with Python XML AJAX C++ Python C Java

Heading

WEKA Rapidminer Scikit-Learn PandasMatplotlibNumpy

Volunteer Experience
VP Organization
Graduate Students Association, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, York University
SEP 2019 - SEP 2020
  • Planned, co-ordinated publicity of, and hosted monthly EECS-GSA social events.
  • Planned and held EECS-GSA elections.
  • Argued students’ issues on their behalf in EECS-GSA meetings.
Education
York University
SEP 2018 - JUL 2022
MSc Human Computer Interaction

Focus: Accessibility and Assistive Technologies

Amirkabir University of Technology
SEP 2013 - AUG 2018, Tehran
BSc Software Engineering
Education
Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
FALL 2018
Graduate Entrance Scholarship
Local ACM Contest, Amirkabir University of Technology
2014
2nd Place
Regional ACM Contest, Sharif University of Technology
2013 & 2014
First All Girls Team
National University Entrance Exam, Iran
2013
99.5 Percentile

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