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Said Achmiz
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(full contact info available by email request)


  • storyboarding
  • paper prototyping
  • wireframing
  • UI design
  • contextual inquiry
  • contextual design
  • usability testing
  • research design
  • UI development
  • Swift
  • Objective C
  • C++
  • C#
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • Russian (fluent)

Professional Experience


University Affiliated Research Center ,
Moffett Field, CA
(NASA Ames Research Center / UC Santa Cruz)
Research Assistant

  • Designed and implemented “iDesign” iPad app
  • Worked on “iDesign” web app


Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College ,
Brooklyn, NY

  • Designed and implemented “NautiNet” (prototype control architecture and simulator for aquatic robots)

2012, 2014-2015

University of California Santa Cruz ,
Santa Cruz, CA
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (NSF REU) (2012)
Software Developer (freelance) (2014)

  • Design and implementation of “Digital Birth” iPhone game


“Holes, Pits, and Valleys: Guiding Large-Display Touchless Interactions with Data-Morphed Topographies”
(presented at the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing in Seattle, Washington)

“NUICursorTools: Designing cursor behaviors for indirect-pointing interfaces”
(presented at the 2014 International Working Conference for Advanced Visualization Systems in Como, Italy)

“Digital Birth”'' project poster
(presented at Baskin School of Engineering poster session, Summer 2012)

“Spectrum Inversion and the Nature of Color”''
(presented at Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference, CUNY Undergraduate Philosophy Conference; published in The Gadfly, Spring 2012)


NUICursorTools: A modular toolkit for designing cursor behaviors for touchless input.
(IU School of Informatics; faculty advisor: Dr. Davide Bolchini)

Pointer acceleration in touchless interaction: Designing pointer acceleration curves, and investigating effect of constant and dynamic control-display gain, in touchless input scenarios and with large displays (using Kinect as input device).
(IU School of Informatics; faculty advisor: Dr. Davide Bolchini)


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 2013–2014
Human-Computer Interaction, PhD program
Coursework: Human-Computer Interaction Design, Usability and Evaluative Methods, Psychology of HCI, Contextual Design, Ubiquitous Computing

Brooklyn College, Bachelor of Science (2014)
Computer Science (major), Cognitive Science (minor)
Brooklyn, NY

Kingsborough Community College, Associate of Applied Science (2010)
Computer Information Systems
Brooklyn, NY

Stuyvesant High School
New York, NY


  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon member (International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences)
  • Phi Sigma Tau member (International Honor Society in Philosophy)
  • Fourth Prize, 2013 CUNY Math Challenge
  • Third Prize, 2011 CUNY Math Challenge
  • Dean’s List, Fall 2011 (Brooklyn College)
  • Dean’s List, Spring 2012 (Brooklyn College)
  • Dean’s List, Fall 2012 (Brooklyn College)
  • Howard W. Hintz Essay Prize, 2012
  • William M. Lowell Putnam Award, 2012
  • Essel Foundation Scholarship, 2012
  • James Singer Mathematics Award, 2012