Nicolas Mangano


In September of 2013, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation, Calico: An early-phase software design tool, which was awarded the ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. While at UC Irvine, I was a member of the Department of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and a member of the Institute for Software Research, both at the University of California, Irvine. In 2007 I graduated from UCI with a B.S. in Information and Computer Science and a B.A. in Psychology.

My advisor was Professor André van der Hoek, whose research focuses on understanding and advancing the role of design, coordination, and education in software.

My research led me to investigating the role of sketching in design. Practically designers work out their ideas in a free form medium where they can express their ideas rapidly and with little effort. Sketching has been the mode of choice for designers to express their ideas. I'm interested in what we can do to create an environment that supports such designers.

I now work at Molimur as part of the founding team, which is a startup inspired by my research work at UC Irvine.


Department of Informatics / UC Irvine