Brittany Ann Kos

Education, Research, Development

Profile

Experienced and self-motivated coordinator and researcher.

Skilled in social science, program evaluation and development, informal education, and research standards and practices. History of working in outreach and education, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion work. Strong technical background and knowledgeable of data science, user experience, and web development.

Looking for opportunities to apply and develop my multidisciplinary skills and to gain industry experience.

Education

University of Colorado Boulder

Ph.D. Technology, Media & Society, 2019

M.S. Computer Science, 2014

B.S. Computer Science, 2012
Emphasis: User Experience (UX/UI)
Minor: Technology, Arts & Media

Skills

Software and Tools

SPSS, Tableau, Qualtrics, Excel
InVision, Git
Slack, Basecamp

Languages

HTML, CSS, JS, PHP
Python, R, SQL
Java, Swift, C#

Work Experience

Lead Coordinator

2015 – 2019

T9Hacks: A Women and Non-Binary Hackathon

Founded T9Hacks, an organization dedicated to providing events for students to learn and explore computing. Designed and ran interdisciplinary, hands-on, informal learning environment. Mixed-methods study involving ethnographic observation, feedback questionnaires, construct surveys, informal and structured interviews. Analyzed qualitative data, statistical analysis, data analysis. Explored areas such as competition, learning experiences, motivations and goals, and student experiences, event design, and program evaluation.

Worked as head of logistical coordination for 100+ participants and 50+ volunteers at three annual events. Developed technical and professional development workshops, event programming, and hands-on, supportive, and project-based learning experience for students. Worked to improve participant recruitment and retention. Secured corporate sponsorships and community partnerships. Created organizational structure: sponsorship, marketing and advertising, and logistics and event design/ux. Developed responsibilities and positions for roles; assisted in all areas.

Graduate Researcher

2015 – 2019

University of Colorado Boulder, Advised under Lecia Barker, PhD

Worked on multiple qualitative research projects with increasing amounts of autonomy and ownership over the projects. Experience publishing results, writing reports and protocols. Conducted interviews, focus groups, ethnographic observation; surveys, questionnaires, assessments. Developed and improved data collector and data manager processes. Analyzed qualitative data, quantitative data, performed statistical analysis. Created infographics and visualizations.

Graduate Research Fellow (NSF)

2013 – 2015

The ECSITE Project: Engaging Computer Science in Traditional Education

This NSF GK-12 project incorporated computing into existing K-12 courses by working with local school districts to develop standards-based curriculum appropriate for each school. Developed interdisciplinary science/technology content for a targeted demographic. Collaborated with a middle school teacher to develop career exploration, computational thinking, environmental activist curricula for >200 8th grade students.

Volunteered as a board member of STEM outreach NPO. Assisted in program coordination for 4 schools/programs. Gathered volunteers, hosted events, coordinated with middle schools.

i3 Teaching Fellow

Summer 2018

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3), University of Pittsburgh

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Worked with fellowship team and program leadership to develop targeted curriculum.

Instructor/Teaching Assistant (TA)

2014 – 2018

ATLAS Institute
Department of Computer Science
Department of Information Science
University of Colorado Boulder

Taught 10+ introductory STEM classes. As primary instructor developed full curriculum and created course evaluations. Managed small teaching teams, managed weekly responsibilities of team of learning assistants. Worked with other educators to standardize curriculum.

User Experience (UX) Intern

2012 – 2013

ZOLL Medical

ZOLL develops emergency service software for EMS agencies and medical companies. Worked on scrum team migrating a legacy product to a cloud-based web application. Worked on UX design and front-end development teams. Re-designed and implemented new front-end user interface. Created front-end design/programming standards. Developed user stories, wireframes, low and high-fidelity prototypes. Performed card sorting, heuristic evaluation.

Web Developer Intern

2010 – 2012

College of Arts & Sciences IT Department

In-house IT department that built web apps for administration, faculty, and student body. Full-stack implementation, designed and developed new features, implemented unified brand design, built SQL queries, built advisor-matching algorithm.

Front-End Web Developer Intern

2010 – 2011

JILA IT Department

Assisted in transferring legacy website to new wordpress site; updated design, improved usability.