Key Skills     

  • Comprehensive understanding of user research methodologies
  • Programming (C++, C#, Python, Java)
  • Analytic Tools (DeltaDNA)
  • MS Office Suite (Excel, Word)
  • Databases (MySQL, SQLite)
  • Web Development (HTML, PHP, Javascript)
  • Game Development (Unity, Havok, Ogre3D, OpenGL)

Education

Graduate

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2017)

  • Masters of Science in Computer Science (M.Sc)
  • Highlighted Courses: Topics in Digital Media (Games User Research), Computer Vision, Advanced Topics in Information Science (Data Management and Big Data Integration)
  • Thesis: Exploring Game Analytics Solutions for Data-Driven User Research in Indie Studios

Undergraduate

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2015)

  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours with Highest Distinction)
  • Major in Game Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Highlighted courses: Object Oriented Programming, Game Design I & II, Human-Computer Interaction, Social Network Games, Web & Script Programming, Algorithms & Data Structures

Employment History

Junior Analyst

Execution Labs (2016)

  • Web-based analytic application development
  • Metric analysis using SQL database
  • Data visualization and representation
  • Assisting in running user research sessions on games in development
  • Assisting in creating actionable reports from the user research sessions
  • Focus on learning and applying user research methodologies

Teaching Assistant

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2014-2017)

  • Public speaking and presenting
  • Effective time management
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Conflict resolution

Programmer

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2014-2015)

  • Development of a Java-based fraud detection application
  • Development of Objective-C (iOS) fitness application
  • Server database management and manipulation

Web Developer

University of Toronto, Office of Integrated Medical Education (2015)

  • Implementation of the Geriatric Medicine Journal Club website (#GeriMedJC)
  • Creation of an infographic for information communication

Lifeguard & Program Instructor

City of Toronto, Parks and Recreation (2010-2015)

  • Part of a cohesive team
  • Experience in high-stress environments and conflict resolution
  • Facilitated recreational programs for persons with exceptionalities

Publications

Mirza-Babaei and T. Galati, “Affordable and Data-Driven User Research for Indie Studios”, in The Games User Research Book. Oxford University Press, 2018. (in production)


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