Jason Chong Lee

Jason Chong Lee


To obtain a research and development position as a usability engineer at an agile software development organization.



Doctorate of Philosophy, Computer Science, Expected Fall 2009

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

Advisor: D. Scott McCrickard, Cumulative GPA: 3.860/4.000

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, May 2003

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Cumulative GPA: 3.864/4.000

Related Course Subjects & Experience

Usability/HCI: Usability Engineering, Models & Theories of HCI, Design & Software Reuse, Awareness & Embodied Interaction, Personal Information Management, Intro to Computer Graphics, Intro to Perception, General Psychology

Software Development: Software Engineering, Computation & Formal Languages, Information Storage & Retrieval, Management of Information Systems, Object-Oriented Design, Data Structures, Algorithms, Information System Security, Operating Systems, Computer Networks



Cunningham Fellowship (August 2003 - August 2005) - Virginia Tech graduate research grant

Rodman Scholars Program (August 1999 - May 2003) - Honors program for students at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.



My interests are in design processes that combine usability engineering processes and tools with agile software development methodologies to support the efficient development of usable software systems. I am currently developing and evaluating an engineering process that combines extreme programming and scenario-based usability engineering.




Pre-Doctoral Fellow/Ph.D. Research,

Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (October 2003 - present)

Developed design process integrating agile software development and usability engineering Evaluated process in longitudinal study involving groups of students developing location-aware systems for clients at Virginia Tech. Currently developing and implementing process in practice through partnership with Meridium, Inc.

Aided in design and development of LINK-UP, a web-based toolset that supports a scenario-based usability engineering process.

Research Assistant

Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (January 2005 - May 2005)

Developed and ran large-scale experiment in an undergraduate HCI class to verify utility of the LINK-UP design tool in supporting interface and system development.

Worked with English Department to improve usability of LINK-UP for undergraduate HCI students by developing instructions and help systems targeted specifically for them.

Undergraduate Researcher,

Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (January 2002 - May 2003)

Developed method to modify rigid body simulations to produce perceptually accurate motions at reduced computational costs.


Usability Engineer & Consultant, Meridium, Roanoke, VA; (January 2007 - present)

Leveraging my previous work in agile usability methods, I worked with several development teams to design and implement an agile usability process at Meridium. Supported by NSF Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I grant (IIP 0740827).

Designed user interfaces for a number of desktop-based and handheld systems to support asset management activities of mining & energy companies.

Evaluated user interfaces of a number of existing software systems using a combination of expert evaluations, walkthroughs and on-site end user testing.

HCI Researcher/Software Engineer, BOSCH Research and Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA; (Summer 2006)

Designed and developed prototype for web-enabled in-vehicle computer system to aid in vehicle convoy management and non-interruptive communication.

Evaluated design processes and communication methods used by in-vehicle application development group.

Software Engineer, Stellar Systems L.L.C., Vienna, VA (Summer/Winter of 2000-2002)

Designed and developed interface for the National Institutes of Health Genetic Modification Clinical Research Information System (GeMCRIS) website.


Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2004-2006)

Helped develop and run graduate courses on HCI models, theories and frameworks and on usability engineering.

Advised students and maintained course websites and materials.



Jason Chong Lee, K. Todd Stevens, and D. Scott McCrickard. "Examining the Foundations of Agile Usability with eXtreme Scenario-based Design" In Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Agile Software Development (Agile 2009), Chicago Ill, August 2009, to appear.

Jason Chong Lee, Shahtab Wahid, D. Scott McCrickard, C. M. Chewar, Ben Congleton. "Understanding Usability: Investigating an Integrated Design Environment and Management System". International Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education (ITSE), volume 4, number 3, pages 161-175, August 2007.

Jason Chong Lee, D. Scott McCrickard. "Towards Extreme(ly) Usable Software: Exploring Tensions Between Usability and Agile Software Development." In Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Agile Software Development (Agile 2007), Washington DC, August 2007. pp. 59-71.

Jason Chong Lee. "Embracing Agile Development of Usable Software Systems." In Proceedings of extended abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 2006, 1767-1770.

Jason Chong Lee, Sirong Lin, C. M. Chewar, and D. Scott McCrickard. "From Chaos to Cooperation: Teaching Analytic Evaluation with LINK-UP." In Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (E-Learn '04), Washington DC, November 2004, pp. 2755-2762. (Recipient of an E-Learn 2004 Outstanding Paper Award.)



Languages: C/C++, C#, Java, SQL, HTML/CSS, JavaScript

Software: Visual Studio, Eclipse, Mathematica, SAS, SQL Server, MySQL