Lea Verou CV


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 that has been translated into 8 languages, worked at W3C/MIT, gave over 100 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 15 people worldwide.

Work experience


  1. 2011–2012

    Speaker, author • lea.verou.me

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

  2. 2012–2013

    Developer Relations • W3C/MIT

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

  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.


  1. Spring 2020

    Instructor • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Co-developed and co-taught (with David Karger) 6.S082, a new course combining HCI and Web technologies.

  2. Spring 2018

    Instructor • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Co-taught 6.813/6.831, a course with ~250 students, 9 teaching assistants and 3 instructors.

  3. 2014-Present

    Research Assistant • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  4. 2010–2012

    Teaching Assistant • Athens University of Economics and Business

    Co-developed all material for the “Web Technologies and Programming” 4th year undergraduate course from scratch, taught the labs, lectured the CSS lectures. [Details]


  1. 2017–2021 (Expected)

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

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Minor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  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




Co-editor of the following W3C specifications:

Peer-reviewed Research Papers


I have written articles for some of the biggest Web development industry media, including A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, .net magazine. You can find an (infrequently updated) list on my website.


I have given over 100 talks in five continents and spoken at some of the most prominent international web development conferences, often as a keynote speaker. These include SXSW, An Event Apart, Future Of Web Design, JSConf (EU & Asia), CSSConf, Web Directions, SmashingConf, FITC, O’Reilly Fluent, Fronteers

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. May 2017

    Mavo: Create complex, reactive, persistent web applications by just writing HTML & CSS, without a single line of JavaScript and no server backend.

    My research at MIT. Two peer-reviewed studies indicating that it does indeed help novices develop complex applications. Over 2.5K stars on Github.

  2. Feb 2015

    Awesomplete: Lightweight, simple, ultra extensible autocomplete

    6.8K stars on Github. Featured on Github’s weekly Github Explore newsletter.

  3. Jul 2012

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

    Used in big industry websites like Mozilla Developer Network, Google’s web.dev, Sitepoint, Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, CSS Tricks and many others. Over 4 million downloads weekly on npm.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 profile.

Academic distinctions

  1. 2020

    Thomas G. Stockam Fellowship Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate or graduate students

  2. 2018

    Invited participant of Dagstuhl 18061: Evidence About Programmers for Programming Language Design

  3. 2017-2018

    George and Marie Vergottis Fellowship Award

  4. 2014-2015

    Paris Kanellakis Fellowship Award

  5. 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.


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 science, typography

Research interests

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