experience
Product Designer
Mar 2021 - Now
Twitter, Remote
 - Acted as product designer for the Twitter Internal Tools Design team; responsible for generating resource-aware, user-first solutions to difficult problems
 - Generated human-centered design solutions to curation / annotation flows utilizing Human in the Loop Machine Learning

Product Designer
Nov 2020 - Feb 2021
Ueno, Remote
 - Generated new and innovative solutions for Splunk visual workflow generation and audit
 - Sketched wireframe flows of multi-step workflow collapse / expand feature to support easy workflow auditing
 - Created hi-fidelity mockups utilizing the Splunk design system
Presented prototypes to in-house Splunk design team & stakeholders

Sr. Product Designer
Feb 2020 - Oct 2020
Collective Medical, Cottonwood Heights, UT
 - Lead product design across multiple product surfaces -- responsibilities included user interviews, look and feel updates, prototyping new features and UX debugging
 - Created 3-year vision piece proposing a redesigned portal with personalization and context aware, dynamic informational dashboards, presented to team & exec level stakeholders
Sr. UX Product Designer
Jun 2019 - Feb 2020
Overstock.com, Midvale, UT
 - Lead product design for the Product Details Page (PDP), including user research, bug fixes, new features, roadmap definition and visual QA
- Set direction & team culture in collaboration with PDP product and (front- & back-end) engineering leads
 - Acted as POC for cross-product surface partners embedding features on the PDP
 - Proposed redesign of Overstock.com mobile site that was utilized as the design goal for the Mobile-First Initiative
 - Advocated for measurement & utilization of UX-first metrics in site-test experiments
 - Facilitated workshops on SEO & Design Collaboration
 - Facilitated workshop on Design Leadership at Overstock
 - Tea & Journal Club - Facilitated a monthly article review to keep up to date on all things design
 - Contributed research & components to the Overstock.com design system
Sr. UX Designer
2015 - 2019
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
- Acted as Product Design Lead for the Sharkzor Project from 2016 - 2019; Responsible for user research, design artifacts, branding, prototyping, executive presentations, internal and external tech demos, publication, mentoring (2 intern direct reports), workshop facilitation, hackathon facilitation, subject matter expertise in deep learning, human-in-the-loop machine learning
- Acted as Sr UX Designer in the Visual Analytics Group responsible for supporting multiple project teams (e.g. Sharkzor comprised 50% of my project portfolio), attending conferences, publishing & presenting work at industry conferences, recruitment & interviewing, mentoring interns (4 interns direct reports total), giving presentations & tours to Government Visitors, Diversity Equity and Inclusion presentations & event planning, subject matter expertise in data visualization
 - Proposed & sat on lab-wide DEI Committee
 - Sat on directorate DEI committee for the National Security Directorate
 - Co-chair of Prism (LGBTQA+ ERG)
 - Organizer of Black Community Connection (Black ERG)

Graduate student researcher
2010 - 2015
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

 - Dissertation - Effective data visualization for communication and analysis of microbiome data, Pirrung, Megan. University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.
- Code: https://github.com/meganap/multivis


Undergraduate Research Assistant
2006 - 2008
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

- Developed software for RNA sequence alignment using Hidden Markov Models, Published in 2015
- Identifying novel sequence variants of RNA 3D motifs; Zirbel CL, Roll J, Sweeney BA, Petrov AI, Pirrung M, Leontis NB. (NAR 2015)

 
Education
B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, 2008, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Ph.D. Computational Bioscience, 2015, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
 - Dissertation - Effective data visualization for communication and analysis of microbiome data, Pirrung, Megan. University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.
Skills
Design
Sketching, wireframing, high fidelity mockups, prototyping, visualization design, design system creation & management
Tools - Figma > Sketch > Adobe CC
Research
Ethnographic observation, task analysis, heuristic evaluation, qualitative & quantitative user research, usability testing, data analysis, publication
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Proposal generation, client brief generation & presentation, Jira / Asana management, mentoring, Agile software development
Expertise
Design for Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning, Data Visualization
Publications
SHARKZOR: Human in the Loop ML for User-Defined Image Classification; Pirrung M A, Hilliard N, O’Brien N, Yan- kov A, Corley C, Hodas N. (IUI 2018)
Sharkzor: Interactive Deep Learning for Image Triage, Sort and Summary; Pirrung M A, Hilliard N, Yankov A, O’Brien N, Weidert P, Corley C, Hodas N. (arXiv 2018)
FQC Dashboard: integrates FastQC results into a web-based, interactive, and extensible FASTQ quality control tool; Brown J, Pirrung M A, McCue L. (Bioinformatics 2017)
Toward a visualization-supported workflow for cyber alert management using threat models and human-centered design; Franklin, L; Pirrung, M A; Blaha, L; Dowling, M; Feng, M. (VizSec Symposium 2017)
NOUS: Construction and Querying of Dynamic Knowledge Graphs; Choudhury S, Agarwal K, Purohit S, Zhang B, Pirrung M A, Smith W P, Thomas M. (DESWeb 2017)
Studying Military Community Health, Well-being, and Discourse through the Social Media Lens; Pavalanathan U, Datla V V, Volkova S, Charles-Smith L E, Pirrung M A, Harrison J J, Chappell A R, Corley C D. Lecture Notes in Com- puter Science
Discourse, Health and Well-being of Military Populations through the Social Media Lens; Pavalanathan U, Datla V V, Volkova S, Charles-Smith L E, Pirrung M A, Harrison J J, Chappell A R, Corley C D. (AAAI 2016)
NOUS: From Text to Answers via Domain Specialized Knowledge Graphs; Choudhury S, Agarwal K, Purohit S, Pe- santez P, Zhang B, Pirrung M A, Praggastis B L. (SIGMOD 2016)
Explanatory Stream Analysis: Design and Evaluation of an Abstraction-Based Visualization Framework; Arendt D L, Dasgupta A, Pirrung M A, Han K, Scholtz J. (IEEE VAST 2016)
Getting to the Real Story: Exploring Spatiotemporal Behavior at Multiple Time Scales with Storyline Visualization; Arendt D L, Pirrung M A, Han K. (IEEE VAST 2016)
Identifying novel sequence variants of RNA 3D motifs; Zirbel CL, Roll J, Sweeney BA, Petrov AI, Pirrung M, Leontis NB. (NAR 2015)
Bacteria from Diverse Habitats Colonize and Compete in the Mouse Gut; Seedorf et al. (Cell 2014)
EMPeror: a tool for visualizing high-throughput microbial community data; Vázquez-Baeza Y, Pirrung M, Gonzalez A, Knight R.(Gigascience 2013)
Evidence for a persistent microbial seed bank throughout the global ocean; Gibbons SM, Caporaso JG, Pirrung M, Field D, Knight R, Gilbert JA. (Proc Natl Acad Sci 2013)
Phylotastic! Making tree-of-life knowledge accessible, reusable and convenient; Stoltzfus et al. (Bioinformatics 2013)
TopiaryExplorer: An application for connecting large phylogenetic trees to environmental metadata; Meg Pirrung, Ryan Kennedy, J. Gregory Caporaso, Jesse Stombaugh, Doug Wendel, and Rob Knight (Bioinformatics 2011)
QIIME allows analysis of high-throughput community sequencing data; Caporaso et al. (Nat Methods 2010)
Presentations
SHARKZOR: Human in the Loop ML for User-Defined Image Classification; IUI 2018 Demonstration, Tokyo Japan. Sharkzor: Interactive Deep Learning for Image Triage, Sort and Summary; NIPS 2017 Demonstration, Long Beach CA
An Analysis Pipeline for Visualizing Behavioral Patterns at Multiple Timescales with Storylines - UW Data Science Poster and Networking Session 2016, Seattle, WA
The Science of Design - SEDP Poster Session 2016, Richland, WA
Visualizing Microbiome Data for Scientific Analysis & Communication - IEEEVIS Doctoral Colloquium 2014, Paris, France. talk and poster presentation
Experimental Determination of Useful and Informative Visualizations of Microbial Ecology Data for Public and Scientific Audiences - ROCKY 2013, Snowmass, Colorado. talk and poster presentation
Experimental Determination of Useful and Informative Visualizations of Microbial Ecology Data for Public and Scientific Audiences - BioVis 2013, Atlanta, Georgia. poster presentation
Envobe - Open Hardware Summit 2012, NYC, New York. talk
TopiaryExplorer - VIZBI 2011, boston, Massachusetts. poster presentation
TopiaryExplorer - ROCKY 2010, snowmass, Colorado. poster presentation