Mike Wheaton

User Experience Designer / mike@mikewheaton.ca

Overview

I’m a user experience designer and web developer, recently transplanted from Nova Scotia to Washington. My experience includes creating innovative technologies to improve public health and designing experiences for Microsoft Office 365.

I’m always looking to tackle new challenges in the areas I’m most passionate about—interaction and user experience design. I enjoy working with others who are equally enthusiastic, learning in and contributing to an environment filled with talented, creative people who are driven to create the world’s best products.

Resume

Experience

User Experience Designer

Microsoft (via FILTER)

Worked with project managers, developers, and user research to design experiences that enable enterprise customers to do more with Office 365.

Communicated design intent through sketches and wireframes, then developed interactive web-based prototypes for usability tests. Collaborated in team design sessions to create simple, actionable design solutions that improved the customer experience.

2013 → Present

Software Designer & Developer

Centre for Research in Family Health, IWK Health Centre

Applied user-centered methods to build a mobile app and website that allows headache sufferers to understand their pain and self-manage treatment.

Planned and facilitated usability tests in a formal research setting. Recommended changes, analyzed data, and collaborated on writing academic papers.

2010 → 2013

Technical Service Representative

Compugen, Inc.

Assisted end users, gaining an appreciation for the influence of well (and poorly) designed software. Supported systems and produced documentation.

2008 → 2009

Software Quality Assurance Specialist

Metegrity, Inc.

Established new procedures to evaluate complex oilfield software and document issues found. Demonstrated focus, motivation, and strong attention to detail.

2007

Education

Bachelor of Informatics

Dalhousie University
Honours Graduate with Distinction, 3.72 GPA

Academic focus in psychology, ergonomics, and human-computer interaction. Program emphasized communication and applied problem solving with large team projects completed each semester.

2009 → 2013
Recent Graduate

Computer Systems Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Educated in software development with Microsoft’s .NET framework and C#. Graduated with Honours from the co-operative education stream.

2006 → 2008

Honours & Awards

University Medal in Informatics

Dalhousie University

Medals are awarded to an Honour's graduate in recognition of superior achievement in his or her field of study. One medal is awarded per department.

2013

Top Co-op Student of the Year

Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

2012

Skills

Interaction & Experience Design

Applied sketching, prototyping, storyboarding, and user interface design to create effective apps and websites.

Visual Design

Designed branding, websites, presentations, and other professional communications. Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite.

Business & Project Management

Applied lean startup methods to a new business initiative. Planned and managed software and research projects.

Web Development

Produced scalable web applications with HTML, CSS + SASS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. Familiar with leading content management systems.

App Development

Have created powerful and usable apps for iOS with Objective-C. Currently learning Windows 8 app development with C#.

Research

Planned and conducted usability testing. Assisted with planning and conducting health research projects, including writing and editing academic papers.

Featured Work

Mobile Headache Diary App

Designed by a research team in collaboration with headache sufferers, this mobile diary helps young people who suffer from reccurent headaches to track their headaches and identify what may be causing the pain.

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Pediatric Advocacy Tool

Created a web application that helps groups of pediatric residents and their mentors share their clinical experiences and discuss ideas for improving health advocacy, which can enhance knowledge and improve patient outcomes.

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Headache Education & Social Support

Extending our work on the mobile headache diary, this responsive website delivers interactive learning modules that teach headache sufferers how to manage their pain. Community features help users exchange knowledge and social support for improved outcomes.

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Testimonials

Mike has exceeded our expectations during his time working here. Despite his short career, he has made significant contributions to the field of health informatics. For instance, in collaboration with a healthcare team he has created an app to help headache sufferers to self-manage their condition. Due to his outstanding efforts, our team is honoured to have had Mike work with us.

Dr. Anna Huguet

Supervisor, Centre for Research in Family Health