Hi, I’m Sameera.
I was born in Bombay, grew up in Curaçao, and I live in Austin, TX. I am a Design Director at thoughtbot, a Tech Ladies city organizer, and serve on two advisory boards for profit and non-profit organizations. I make playlists and travel a lot. I cook and I photograph the process.
I am a designer and an educator. I formerly served as Instructional Director, Academic Operations Director, and Diversity Director, managing instructors and curriculum across 21 locations, a nation-wide scholarship and have helped start or run two diversity councils as ERGs.
I taught design at the university-level for over six years teaching courses from freshman year to seniors, and serving on multiple graduate thesis committees. I wrote the first university course on the topic of Responsive Web Design in 2011.
I share my thoughts on the web in the documentary, What Comes Next Is The Future. I wrote for The Pastry Box Project (2015, 2018), a monthly column for net magazine print and online for over two years, and for other publications, as well as served on design competition juries. I write and speak about Responsive Web Design, diversity, inclusion, and equity, tech education involving emerging tech, and design research and process.