Shopify • Montreal, Canada
Dalia El-Shimy is a UX Research lead at Shopify where she leads research efforts on the multidisciplinary team focused on helping business owners build world-class online stores.
Before joining Shopify, she completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering at McGill University, and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mathematics and Engineering at Queen’s University. During her time at McGill, she worked as a Research Assistant under Prof. Jeremy R. Cooperstock’s supervision in the Shared Reality Lab (SRL), and was a member of the Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM), as well as the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT). Her research interests there were largely centered around the intersection of human-computer interaction and music technology, and particularly the applicability of user-centered techniques to the design of new musical interfaces.
Between 2009 and 2014, she was also the Teaching Assistant for McGill’s Human-Computer Interaction course, where she enjoyed teaching graduate and undergraduate engineering students how to design, build and test products from a user-centered perspective. She gets really excited by ambiguous problems with no apparent solutions, all things David Bowie, and ice cream.