Carl Jamilkowski

UX Designer

Hi, I’m Carl: a mechanical engineer turned software developer turned UX designer. I like to make cool things and I seek a creative outlet in my work.

Here’s my resume. Check out more about me and my work below...

Projects

Protecting online identities

Shoppable video and beyond

Prototyping the future of healthcare

Bring back the conversation in a DVR world

See more projects here

About

I'm a generalist, knowing how to build hardware and software, as well as execute on creative design. I excel at collaborating with many roles, including creatives, and serve as an intermediary between these stakeholders. I work well on prototyping projects. I'm very quick at picking up new skills/technology/etc.

I taught myself to program by reverse engineering websites using my first Internet-connected computer. By the age of 15, my skill with code helped secure my first internship: analyzing satellite weather data, which was used in crop forecasting for commodity futures. I decided to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to earn my undergraduate degree, performing research on self-healing composites and doing specialty coursework in biomechanics, MEMS fabrication, homeland security, and nuclear engineering.

After finishing school, Microsoft recruited me to be a software developer. There I worked on seven releases of Windows in both the client and server SKUs, tackling tough problems in intercontinental data replication, security, and developer experience. Eventually I decided to focus upon a more creative outlet and moved on from Microsoft in order to study interaction design at New York University's ITP. Inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of ITP, post-graduation, I proceeded to co-found one startup and join as an early team member of another.

Skills

Design
Maker
Development
Engineering
Business
Awesome
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Premiere Pro
Sketch
Software prototyping
Hardware prototyping
Paper prototyping
Logo design
Wireframing
Arduino
Soldering
Electronics
openFrameworks
OpenCV
Papercraft
C, C++
C#
Python
JavaScript
CSS
HTML
PHP/MySQL
Metro-style Windows apps
OpenCV
ANSYS
Matlab
ProE
Simulink
Scrum
Agile
Project management
Technical writing
People management
Zumba
Mixology
Molecular Gastronomy
Karaoke

What people are saying about me?

Best System Design - Mine
2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit
July 2013

OpenLimbs - an API & remote control for the human body, featured on the Yahoo! homepage

"Miklos Pataky and Carl Jamilkowski wrote NonAd Block, a browser extension that blocks all web content that isn't an advert. The idea spread rapidly to Europe and to San Francisco."

- Piero Scaruffi, "A History of Silicon Valley"

Carl was...
... a dedicated worker, and very passionate about the projects that he worked on.
... very detail oriented - he was excellent at identifying shortcomings in specifications and through code reviews.
... also a strong early adopter, and liked to stay ahead of the curve on the latest tools and technologies.

- Lou Lucarelli, Software Test Lead at Microsoft

First Place
ASME Regional Student Conference -
Technical Web Contest
2005