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					                                    ANDREW VARDEN
                                             avarden@gmail.com
                                           www.andrewvarden.com
                             31 Blackdown Crescent, Toronto, ON, Canada M9B 5X5

PROFILE
I recently completed a 13 month contract with Research In Motion (RIM) where I maintained the content of
mobile.blackberry.com, a device specific mobile site with millions of visitors a week and helped develop a mobile
platform to both enhance the capabilities of the website and make it easy to manage. Currently, I am seeking a
mobile web development position with a company that values good design principles.


EDUCATION
Master of Science, Applied Computer Science                  September 2005 – June 2008
University of Guelph

Honours Bachelor of Computing                                September 2001 – June 2005
Minor in Studio Art
University of Guelph


DEVELOPMENT SKILLS
   Mobile web best practices
   HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, ColdFusion, SQL
   Java, C, C++

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION SKILLS
   Card sorting
   Heuristic evaluation
   Inclusive / Universal design
   Questionnaire creation
   Requirements analysis
   Design documentation

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
    Ability to multi-task and set priorities
    Capable of working both independently and as part of a team
    Problem solving and analytical skills
    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    Comfortable speaking in large groups
    Leadership training and conflict resolution


WORK EXPERIENCE
Mobile Web Content Developer                             June 2008 – July 2009
Research In Motion (RIM)
    Developed device-specific mobile content for mobile.blackberry.com as well as support pages and
       marketing campaigns
    Optimized the user experience for the BlackBerry Browser
    Improved the information architecture and usability of mobile.blackberry.com
    Created requirements for a country-specific mobile web platform that was successfully implemented

Numeracy Project Team Member                              January 2007 – August 2007
http://www.uoguelph.ca/numeracy/
Computing and Communications Services
University of Guelph
     Worked with a small team to design and develop an online repository of learning objects using XML, CSS,
        and ColdFusion
     Utilized Adobe Studio 8 to turn conceptual mock ups into functional web pages
Teaching Assistant                                       January 2004 – August 2007
Department of Computing and Information Science
University of Guelph
    Taught labs and seminars for Software Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Analysis and Design
        of Computer Algorithms, and Introduction to Computers

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Lawyers Feed the Hungry                                      April 2008 – June 2008
    Served warm meals to homeless people in Toronto

Graduate Student Association                            September 2005 – April 2006
    Represented graduate students on the University Centre Board

University of Guelph Senate                            September 2002 – August 2005
    Member of the Student Services Fee Committee and the Information Technology Student Advisory
      Committee


PUBLICATIONS
A. Varden, J. Haber, “Driver's Attitudes Toward the Safety of In-Vehicle Navigation Systems”, Proc.
SAE World Congress & Exhibition, April 2009, Detroit, Michigan, 2009

P. Desroches, A. Varden, B. Nonnecke and L. Trick, “Using Driving Simulators to Expand Moose
Perception Data: Some Results and Validity Issues”, SAE 2007 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars:
Mechanical Systems, pp. 79-86, 2008

W. Abdelsalam, P. Desroches, J. Famewo, B. Nonnecke and A. Varden, “Effectiveness of In-Vehicle Moose
Warning Modalities, an Experimental Study”, Proc. CMRSC-XVI, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 11-14, 2006


AWARDS
Dr. Charles H. Miller Award                                2006
     Co-author of the best technical paper presented at the Canadian Multidisciplinary Road Safety Conference

Academic All-Canadian                                   2005, 2006
    Awarded to student athletes who compete on a varsity team while maintaining an average of 80% or
     higher

Walter N. Vaughn Medal                                2005
   Awarded to a student with high academic standing who has contributed to student life and to the
      University through Senate


AFFILIATIONS
Usability Professionals' Association (UPA)
    “The Usability Professionals’ Association supports usability specialists, people from all aspects of human-
       centered design, and the broad family of disciplines that create the user experience in promoting the
       design and development of usable products.”


INTERESTS
    Public speaking
    Trends in information technology
    Design
    Digital photography
    Running, basketball, tennis, soccer



                                         References available upon request

				
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