Lea Verou CV

Summary

I’m currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at MIT. My research aims to lower the knowledge barrier for programming Web applications and empower non-technical individuals to manage their own information. In the recent past, I have written a bestselling book on advanced CSS, worked at W3C/MIT, gave over 80 talks at Web development conferences in 5 continents, and started several popular open source projects. I’m also an Invited Expert in the W3C CSS Working Group, an honor currently extended to only 10 people worldwide.

Work experience

Industry

  1. 2012–2013

    Developer Relations • W3C/MIT

    Educating web professionals about open web standards and facilitating community input for W3C specifications under development.

  2. 2011–2012
    2013-2014

    Speaker, author • lea.verou.me

    Speaking, writing, consulting, corporate training & workshops on open web standards.

  3. 2008–2011

    Co-founder, lead web-developer & designer • Fresset Ltd

    Created the successful Greek community e-steki.gr, which regularly received over 500,000 visits and 2,500,000 pageviews per month.

Academic

  1. 2014-Present

    Research Assistant • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  2. 2010–2012

    Teaching Assistant • Athens University of Economics and Business

    Co-designed every aspect of the “Web Technologies and Programming” 4th year undergraduate course, including syllabus and coursework, taught the labs, guest lectured the CSS parts. [Details]

Education

  1. 2017–2020 (Expected)

    Ph.D in Computer Science (current GPA: 5.0/5.0)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  2. 2014–2017

    M.Sc in Computer Science (GPA: 5.0/5.0)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Thesis: Creating Interactive Data-Driven Web Applications by Authoring HTML, Advisor: David Karger

  3. 2007–2013

    B.Sc. in Computer Science (GPA: 8.4/10, top 3%)

    Athens University of Economics and Business

    Thesis: Dabblet: A visual IDE for rapid prototyping of client-side web development, Advisor: Vasilis Vassalos

Publications

Books

Peer-reviewed Research Papers

Articles

I have written articles for some of the biggest Web development industry media, including A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, .net magazine. You can find a more complete list on my website.

Specifications

Speaking

I have given over 80 talks in five continents and spoken at some of the most prominent international web development conferences, including SXSW, An Event Apart , Future Of Web Design, JSConf EU and JSConf.asia, CSSConf, Web Directions, Fronteers, TXJS, O’Reilly Fluent

My talks get enthusiastic reviews: My “CSS3 secrets” talk was listed in .net magazine’s 15 best talks of 2011. My “The humble border-radius” talk was shortlisted in The net awards 2014 as “Conference Talk of the Year.

For more information, please refer to the “Speaking” section on my website.

Industry recognition

Judging & Reviewing

Conference organizing

Selected Open Source Projects

  1. Feb 2015

    Awesomplete: Lightweight, simple, ultra extensible autocomplete

    4000 stars on Github in its first week, featured on Github’s weekly Github Explore newsletter.

  2. Jul 2012

    Prism: A beautiful, standards-compliant, extensible syntax highlighter

    23,000 unique visitors on its first day. WebMonkey devoted an entire new post to it. Used in big industry websites like Sitepoint, A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, Mozilla Developer Network, CSS Tricks and many others.

  3. Feb 2012

    The CSS3 Test: High coverage testsuite for the most stable CSS3 modules.

    50,000 unique visitors on its launch. Motivated browser vendors such as Mozilla or WebKit to support more CSS3 features to increase their scores on it.

  4. Dec 2011

    dabblet: An interactive CSS playground that saves to Github gists.

    Several popular industry media like Wired.com’s WebMonkey, CSS-Tricks, Smashing Magazine and others wrote about Dabblet’s release. During its first month, it received more than 65,000 unique visitors, 15,000 of which during its first two days.

  5. Sep 2011

    cubic-bezier.com: Direct manipulation of bezier-based easing functions

    The code from cubic-bezier.com was included in Firefox, and Adobe’s Brackets editor.

  6. Apr 2011

    CSS3 Patterns Gallery: Using CSS3 to generate background patterns

    My CSS patterns gallery was featured in Smashing Magazine multiple times and mentioned in conference talks and several books by a number of industry leaders. It was used by Opera Software to fine-tune their CSS gradients implementation.

A lot more of my open source work can be found in my Github account.

Academic distinctions

  1. 2014-2015

    Paris Kanellakis Fellowship Award

  2. 2010

    One of the 9 students (out of hundreds of applicants) that were selected by Hell.A.S. to attend classes at Stanford University for a week.

  3. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

    Yearly distinctions in the Hellenic Mathematical Society contests, up to 2nd place nationally. Qualification to its premilinary contest for Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in 2004.

Technical skills

I have a broad understanding of the full Open Web Stack of technologies, including:

I also have experience with a wide range of programming languages and technologies, including PHP, SQL, Java and many more.

Languages

Professional interests

Open web standards, user experience, UI design, web development education, front-end web development, API design, web accessibility, technical writing, graphic design, color theory, typography

Research interests

Human-Computer Interaction, End user programming, Web architecture, Social computing, Data visualization