About Me

My name is Mikhaila Friske. I graduated from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and a minor in German. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Information Science at the University of Colorado - Boulder, working with Laura Devendorf in the Unstable Design Lab.

My hobbies outside of Computer Science include reading, binging a new series every weekend on Netflix, finding new adventures in the great outdoors and enjoying happy hour with a great group of friends. My interests within Computer Science are focused on Human Computer Interactions, Software Development and Web Development.


Mikhaila Friske, Shanel Wu, and Laura Devendorf. 2019. AdaCAD: Crafting Software For Smart Textiles Design. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19).


Graduate Research Assistant (with Dr. Laura Devendorf)

University of Colorado / Boulder, CO

Developed a CAD tool for design smart woven textiles, AdaCAD. Conducted and analyzed interviews with experts in smart textiles to learn more about their practice.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (INFO 1201)

University of Colorado / Boulder, CO

Teaching assistant for Computational Reasoning I, taught using Python programming language. Led two recitation sections every week, working as a supplement to lectures to help aid the understanding of programming basics.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (with Dr. Lana Yarosh)

University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN

Assisted graduate researcher by designing a video application taxonomy and video application focused workshop activities for online video sharing research. Helped facilitate and perform qualitative analysis on a study distributed at the Minnesota State Fair.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (CSCI 2041)

University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN

Teaching assistant for Advanced Programming Principles, taught using a functional programming language – OCaml. Help students one on one in office hours held weekly. Participate in leading lab sessions. Assist in the grading of assignments and exams.

Student Web Developer

Student Unions & Activities / Minneapolis, MN

Worked on the development of public facing websites for large-scale university events (Homecoming and Spring Jam), Student Union sites, and organizational sites hosted by Student Unions and Activities.

Software Engineer Intern

Kohl's Corporation / Milwaukee, WI

Collaborated with Merchandising IT team in order to integrate web applications to streamline and boost business processes.

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