Mike Wooldridge
Resume last updated: November 2007

mikew AT ischool.berkeley.edu

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California Digital Library (CDL) (Oakland, CA) – Web Archiving Programmer (May 2006-Present)
Responsible for the design and implementation of the user interface for CDL's Web Archiving Service. The service allows users to define Web sites of interest, automatically retrieve content from those sites, and organize the content into thematic collections. The UI uses Ruby on Rails, AJAX, and MySQL.
More information on the project wiki.

BioText Project, UC Berkeley (Berkeley, CA) – Programmer/UI Designer (Oct. 2006-Present)
Responsible for the design and implementation of the user interface for the BioText search engine and image-labeling system. BioText offers researchers innovative ways to browse and interact with the images, tables, and other content in open-access science articles. The system uses PHP, PyLucene, AJAX, and MySQL.
Access the public search engine. View project background.

Movement Wireless (Washington, DC) – Consultant (Aug. 2007-Present)
Responsible for the technical design and implementation of a Web-based marketing system for non-profit organizations. The system enables organizations to set up mobile-phone storefronts for fundraising. The system uses Ruby on Rails and MySQL.

Garage Cinema Research (Berkeley, CA) – Developer (Jun. 2005-Aug. 2005)
Developed cameraphone- and Web-based applications for capturing and managing photo metadata at UC Berkeley's School of Information.
Co-authored a research paper describing PhotoCat, a photo-management prototype I co-developed.

NameSecure Inc. (Concord, CA) – Director of Content Development (Mar. 2000-Jun. 2005)
Managed the front-end development of the Web site of NameSecure, a seller of domain names and related services.
Managed end-user testing of the NameSecure site, and integrated site improvements based on that testing.
Created foreign-language versions of the site, allowing NameSecure to expand its market internationally.
Produced promotional newsletters and designed banner advertisements.

V5Mail Inc. (Manhattan Beach, CA) – Web Developer (Jun. 2004–March 2005)
Formulated business strategy and designed Web site for innovative Web-based e-mail service that let users set a price that senders must pay to send them electronic messages.

UC Berkeley Extension (Berkeley, CA) – Instructor (Sept. 1999–May 2001)
Designed curriculum for and taught Web-design courses in the Professional Sequence in Web Design program. Courses taught: Designing Graphics for the Web, HTML I: Creating Web Pages, and HTML II: Structuring Web Pages.

Web Rangers (Berkeley, CA) – Principal Web Developer (Oct. 1995–Mar. 2000)
Wrote content for the Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia.
Wrote a voiceover script for a multimedia training environment for Cisco Systems.
Edited technical documentation for a redesign of the Sun Microsystems intranet.
Developed Web newsletters for the EPRI energy company consortium.
Developed Web sites for 50 real estate agents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Created educational Web sites about physics and genetics for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Produced a live Webcast for a Berkeley Internet service provider.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) – Science Writer (19931995)
Wrote press releases and feature articles about new research for the Department of Energy laboratory.

Discover Magazine (Burbank, CA) – Science Writer Intern (1992)
Wrote articles about cutting-edge research for the magazine’s news section.

Microgenics (Concord, CA) – Chemist (19901991)
Developed highly sensitive immunoassays for therapeutic drugs. Co-authored scientific paper on research.

Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) – Research Intern (1989)
Researched techniques to improve the sensitivity of immunoassays. Co-authored scientific paper on research.


Computer Books Authored (all published by Wiley)
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 6 (2008) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS3 (2007)
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 4 (2005) Photoshop Elements 4: Top 100 Tips (2005)
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS 2 (2005) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 3 (2004)
Master Visually eBay Business Kit (2004) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS (2003)
Photoshop Elements 2: Top 100 Tips (2003) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements 2 (2002)
Master Visually Dreamweaver/Flash MX (2002) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop 7 (2002)
Teach Yourself Visually Illustrator 10 (2001) Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop Elements (2001)
Master Visually Dreamweaver 4 and Flash 5 (2001) Teach Yourself Visually Dreamweaver 4 (2000)
Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop 6 (2000) Teach Yourself Visually Dreamweaver 3 (2000)

Academic Articles Authored
Evidence for Showing Gene/Protein Name Suggestions in Bioscience Literature Search. Anna Divoli, Marti A. Hearst, and Michael A. Wooldridge. (Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 2008.) PDF
BioText Search Engine: beyond abstract search. Marti A. Hearst, Anna Divoli, Harendra Guturu, Alex Ksikes, Preslav Nakov, Michael A. Wooldridge, and Jerry Ye, (Bioinformatics, 2007.) PDF
Exploring the efficacy of caption search for bioscience journal search interfaces. Marti Hearst, Anna Divoli, Michael Wooldridge, and Jerry Ye. (Proceedings of BioNLP, 2007.) PDF
Showing Figures and Captions in the Biotext Journal Search Engine (Poster). Marti Hearst, Michael Wooldridge, Jerry Ye, and Anna Divoli. (Proceedings of ISMB/ECCB, 2007.) PDF

Magazine Articles Authored (partial list)
Easy Updates with Dreamweaver (Macworld, 2000) Low-Fat Graphics for the Web (Macworld, 1999)
Push the Boundaries of QTVR (Macworld, 1999) Robots Invade the Web (CNET, 1999)
Promote Your Web Site (CNET, 1998) Build a Great Web Site: Cheap! (CNET, 1997)


Domain Bar: A Web-browser add-on that allows users to register and manage Internet domain names. The patent-pending invention is assigned to Network Solutions. U.S. patent application #20060059136.


Third-place award (funniest graph) for Comparing Apples and Oranges: Normalizing Competitive Eating Records across Food Disciplines (Journal of Irreproducible Results, 2006)
Featured multimedia developer, The QuickTime VR Book (Peachpit Press, 1998)
Featured multimedia developer, SFSU Multimedia Studies Program Catalog (1999)
Third-place award, Apple Computer’s QuickTime VR Contest (1998)


Volunteer instructor at Montair Elementary School (Danville, CA). Developed and taught a Web-design class for the school's gifted students (2007).
Benefactor of the Wooldridge Award in Science Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The award supported science-writing graduate students interested in digital media (2004-2006).
Volunteer editor of the Black Rock Gazette, the newspaper of Burning Man (1995-1997).

Other Interests

Marathon running, skateboarding, long-distance swimming, immersive imaging, and competitive eating.


University of California, Berkeley, School of Information Management & Systems
Master of Information Management and Systems, 2006 (expected)

University of California, Santa Cruz, Science Communication Program
Graduate Certificate in Science Writing, 1992
University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources
Bachelor of Arts in Genetics, 1990


"Mike Wooldridge is one of those renaissance computer people who has knowledge of the many platforms, operating systems, and software applications. He has developed a course based on absolute fundamentals. He is one of the outstanding instructors at UC Berkeley Extension."

From a student evaluation of Mike's "Designing Graphics for the Web" class  

References available upon request. Contact Mike.