2013 – present NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY EVANSTON, IL
PhD Student in Technology & Social Behavior Doctoral Program (Expected June 2017)
Department of Computer Science & Communication Studies
Research Adviser: Elizabeth Gerber, Dr. (Committee: Mesmin Destin, Dr. and Eleanor O’Rourke, Dr.)
Interests: Self-Efficacy, Social Support, Motivation, Retention, Teams, Learning, Social Computing
2007-2011 HARVARD UNIVERSITY CAMBRIDGE, MA
BA in Social Anthropology, Minor in Psychology
Research Advisers: David Ager, Dr. & Francesca Gino, Dr.
Professional Research Experience
6/2014-present DELTA LAB, Doctoral Student Researcher EVANSTON, IL
- Managing research to develop an online public validation & feedback system for design teams, led 5 inters
- Developed & tested mobile application called CrowdFound, utilizing on-the-go crowds to find lost items
- Led research project to understand the effects of crowdfunding on entrepreneurial self-efficacy, led 2 interns
- Developed and tested JumpGym, an online exergame to encourage exercise in waiting areas, led 3 interns
9/2016-12/2016 FACEBOOK, UX Research Intern MENLO PARK, CA
- Conducting user experience research on small businesses who Facebook to promote their work
- Qualitative & quantitative research projects with Ads Growth team
6/2010-2014 DISNEY RESEARCH, Associate Research Manager, Lab Associate GLENDALE, CA
- Managed research test on buffet dining behavior at Walt Disney World buffets and improving healthy decisions
- Co-managed research on micro-entrepreneur behavior in Nicaragua & Vietnam, responsible for data collection
- Conducted research tests on crowd movement, hotel towel reuse behavior, “pay-what-you-want” pricing model
- Developed mobile game for assessing wisdom of crowds and consumer preference, led 4 UX interns
3/2010-7/2010 HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL DECISION MAKING LAB, Research Assistant CAMBRIDGE, MA
- Prepared research design and surveys to study the effects of challenge on user likeability of products
- Conducted research around the effects of product globalization in emerging markets
January 2010 PHULKI INTERNATIONAL, Researcher DHAKA, BANGLADESH
- Surveyed 70 workers and managers in 12 garment factories on the effectiveness of factory daycare programs
- Prepared analysis of research findings, and conducted impact assessment and company recommendations
Summer 2009 CITIZEN SCHOOLS, Summer Associate, Citizen Teacher BOSTON, MA
- Conducted research on Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) education learning models
- Organized STEM Summit (07/2009) with 200+ scientists discussing science educational reform
Summer 2008 ACCIÓN EMPRENDEDORA, Microfinance Researcher SANTIAGO, CHILE
- Surveyed 30+ female micro-entrepreneurs and created weekly seminars to address common challenges
- Taught business skills and consulted with female micro-entrepreneurs before and after they received microloans
- Developed leadership and motivation programs for micro-entrepreneurs (McClelland Research)
Publications & Works-In-Progress
- Harburg, E., Rees Lewis, D., Gerber, E., Easterday, M. CheerOn: An Online Public Validation Tool for Project-Based Learning Teams, TOCHI, In progress
- Harburg, E., Greenberg, M., Hui, J., Gerber, E. Understanding the Effects of Crowdfunding on Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, CSCW 2015, Vancouver
- Harburg, E., Kim, Y., Gerber, E., Zhang, H. CrowdFound: A Mobile Crowdsourcing System to Find Lost Items On-the-Go, CHI WIP 2015, Korea.
- Rees-Lewis, D., Harburg, E., Gerber, E., Easterday, M. Designing Digital Stand Technology for Digital Coaching Cycles: Supporting Professionals Coaching Student Teams, ICLS
- Obiorah, M., Harburg, E., Bos, M., Horn, M. JumpGym: An Exergame for Waiting Areas, CHIPlay 2017
- Rees Lewis, D., Harburg, E., Gerber, E., Easterday, M.W. Building help-seeking support tools for novice designers. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition.
- Kim, Y; Harburg, E; Shaw, A; Gerber, E., Zhang, H. Enabling Physical Crowdsourcing On-the-Go with Context-sensitive Notifications, HCOMP 2015 (accepted as a poster)
- Edmondson, Amy C., Ager, David L., Harburg, Emily K., and Bartlett, Natalie. “Teaming at Disney Animation.” Harvard Business School Case 615-023, August 2014.
- Harburg, E. “Can She Lead?” (5/2010), Harvard Business Review
- Harburg, E. “Managing the Magic” (1/2009), Harvard Leadership Magazine
Honors & Distinctions
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), 2014-2016: Awarded 3 years of graduate research funding to support dissertation research related to developing online communities to support women in STEM.
- Grace Hopper Student Research Competition Finalist, 2016: Selected for research on CheerOn tool for novice designers.
- Games Learning Society, 2016: Selected as Final Runner Up, Top 5 Game at GLS Showcase for JumpGym game
- EECS Computer Science Poster Competition, 2016: Selected to present JumpGym work in EECS poster fair.
- Harvard Women’s Leadership Award (Honorable Mention), 2011: Awarded to a Harvard student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership; contributed to the advancement of women; impacted students; and exhibits future leadership potential.
- Top Citizen Teacher of Massachusetts, 2011: Awarded for work on the “Youth Lead the Change” leadership apprenticeship created to help build the leadership potential of low-income students in Boston and internationally.
- Harvard University Mather Service Award Winner, 2011: Nominated from Mather House Senior Class for efforts related to serving the community and developing international projects for social impact.
- US Presidential Service Award, Harvard University, 2011: Awarded grant to conduct research on youth leadership development work with Citizen Schools. A limited number of fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis each year.
- Harvard South East Asia Initiative Grant Winner, 2010: Awarded grant to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh to conduct two-month research study on the role of daycare on garment factory worker motivation and retention.
- Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC) Grant Fellow, 2008: Awarded funding to support work at Citizen Schools developing leadership development programs for middle school students.
- David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Fellow, 2007: Awarded funding to conduct research in Chile on the motivation and success of Chilean female micro-entrepreneurs. Developed business program for women called Femprendedora.
Invited Talks & Teaching Experience
4/25/2016 IBM Research, Invited Speaker, “Understanding the Effects of Crowdfunding on Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy”
4/17/2016 Kellogg MBA-EDI “Organizing for Innovation” Class, Guest Lecturer, “Disney Teaming Case Study”
4/28/2016 Northwestern “Human Centered Service Design” Class, Guest Lecturer, “Behavioral Research at Disney”
4/7/2016 Northwestern Positive Entrepreneurship Course, Guest Lecturer: “The Power of Personal Narrative”
2/8/2016 NYU Ideation & Prototyping Class, Guest Speaker: “Building Effective Teams Using Online Tools”
2/9/2016 Psychology 314: Data Presentation Class, Guest Speaker: “Speaking With Power: Public Speaking Workshop”
12/2015 Solstice Women in Tech Series, Invited Speaker: “Increasing Women In Tech at Brave Initiatives”
3/2015 CSCW 2015, Presenter: “Understanding the Effects of Crowdfunding on Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy”
10/2014 NYU Entrepreneurship Class, Guest Speaker, “Using Psychology to Build Technology”
10/2014 CrowdCamp, Selected Participant, “Assessing User Retention on Wikipedia Via Online Appreciation”
2/2014 Global Forum for Youth Leaders Abu Dhabi, Invited Speaker, “Effects of YLC Leadership Program”
10/2014 TEDxBeaconStreet, GoogleSolvefor<X>, Facilitator: “Moonshot Thinking Innovation Brainstorming”
1/2012 Summer Innovation Conference at Harvard, Speaker: “Design Thinking and Project Management at Disney”
1/2011 Bhutan Youth Development Fund, Keynote Speaker, “Impact of Youth Lead the Change Student in Bhutan”
10/2010 Harvard Igniting Innovation Summit, Speaker: “Building Innovative and High-Performing Teams”
2015-Present BRAVE INITIATIVES, Co-founder, Director of Research & Program Development
- Developed and taught program to build computer science self-efficacy in high school girls
2014-Present TOASTMASTERS of NORTHWESTERN GRADUATES, Co-Founder, Executive Board Member
- Founded Toastmasters chapter to help graduate students improve public speaking and leadership skills
2012-2014 HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Executive Board Member
- Developed leadership curriculum and helped manage cohort of 30 students across Harvard graduate schools
2007-2011 YOUTH LEAD THE CHANGE, Founder, VP of Curriculum Development and Training
- Designed and implemented youth leadership curriculum in Boston Public Schools, now implemented globally
2007-2011 LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AT HARVARD COLLEGE, VP, Director/Founder of Social Outreach, BoA
- Hosted workshops and organized speaking events on leadership for students at Harvard College
- Directed LIHC recruitment and mentorship program for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students
2008-2012 Igniting Innovation & entrepreursHIP committee, Co-Founder, Summit Co-director
- Led campaign for a multi-disciplinary “Innovation for Social Change” Minor at Harvard College
- Organized Innovation Summits for 90 entrepreneurs at Columbia, and 150 entrepreneurs at Harvard
2007-2012 Harvard Undergraduate wOMEN IN BUSINESS, Associate, Peer Mentor
- Mentored Harvard peers interested in business, participated in panels and conferences
Skills, Interests, & Passions
Enjoys hiking, running, skiing, photography, travel, and playing volleyball (played on Harvard women’s varsity volleyball team).
Passionate about helping increase diversity in tech, and building retention and performance in online/offline teams and communities.