Rebecca (Dreezer) Friedman

Software Engineer. Web Designer. Artist.

About Me

I'm a Senior Software Developer at Zynga on the User Acquisition development team in the Central Tech Organization. One of my key responsibilities is to build ETLs (and other pipelines) that transform and aggregate huge amounts of UA data. I previously worked as a Ruby on Rails developer on the With Friends Tech team on the With Friends backend service that powers Words With Friends, Chess With Friends, and other games!

Before that, I worked at Uken Games as a full stack developer. I have a Bachelor's degree in (Software) Engineering from McMaster University, with a specialization in game design, and a Master's degree in Applied Computing from the University of Toronto.

I'm passionate about Web Development and Test-Driven Development.


Volunteering for Zynga.org Spring Service Days!

Repping Zynga at the University of Waterloo Partners for Employment Job Fair

Repping Uken Games at the MaRS Discovery Startup Career Expo

What I'm Up To


May 2015: Now Magazine feature about programs in technology and the career paths.

March 2017 and March 2015: Presentation slides for CSC404 (Video Game Design) at UofT.

November 2014: Alumni guest at a UofT departmental lunch for undergraduate students.

March 2014: Guest lecture for CSC302H (Engineering Large Software Systems) at UofT as part of the Professional Lecture Series.

I provide interview coaching, resume prep and career advice to students and new graduates through the University of Toronto and McMaster University Alumni networks. I am a frequent visitor to University of Toronto, where I occasionally guest lecture, participate in interview workshops, and provide career advice.

University of Toronto Love


2016 Arbor Awards

In September 2016, I was honoured (and so grateful) to receive an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto in recognition of my volunteer service to the Department of Computer Science.


Learn more about the Arbor Awards: here.

DCS Alumni-Student Mentorship

Read about my mentor Julie and I on page 24 of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Arts & Science, 2013 Year In Review.


2016-2017 - Mentor for one female undergraduate students.
2015-2016 - Mentor for two undergraduate students.
2014-2015 - Mentor for two undergraduate students.
2013-2014 - Mentor for a female third-year undergraduate student.
2011-2012 - Mentee.

Digital Flipbook


Flipbook is an interdisciplinary research project that digitizes the flipbooking experience. The video on the left shows my progress as I created a short animation. The video in the middle gives a brief introduction to the design and features of FlipBook. The video on the right shows an animation made by another graduate student.





EYEdentify


EYEdentify is an interdisciplinary research project geared towards helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn four key human emotions. The native Android app is a matching game where children match the cued emotion to the possibilities presented on the screen.

Undergraduate Projects


A report that uses a content-based approach to explore how women are portrayed in video games, as well as how their portrayal has changed over time.

Super Cephalopods 64 is a 3D co-op multiplayer underwater platform game developed by a small group for a Capstone course.

My research website from the Canadian Distributed Mentorship Program (CDMP-CRA).

Publications


Website Development


Development of a Legal Website

Design and Development of a Microsite for a startup