O hai!

My name is Yuechen. I am an Associate Product Manager at Google.

I'm passionate about creating products that change people's lives for the better.


I've been enthralled by the power of technology ever since I wrote my first "Hello, World!" in C++ so many years ago.

In my work, I care deeply about intuitive design and delightful user experiences. Believe it or not, I can get just as excited about beautiful software as I can about great Chinese food!

When I'm not at work, I'm also learning Android development and writing Android apps to keep my coding chops from rusting.

If there's free time, I enjoy sleeping, reading, hiking, and watching Lost (I'm on season 2!)


Associate Product Manager

Google, Mountain View, CA
July 2015 - Present

Focused on key user experiences in telephony communications (e.g. phone calls) for Android, Nexus devices, and Project Fi (Google’s wireless carrier). Oversee the full product lifecycle, including market research, business development, design, engineering & project tracking, and marketing & PR.

Leading frontend Android team and backend server team in building a new system that automatically identifies and blocks spam phone calls. Building a major new feature in Android to allow users to block phone numbers easily, which required collaboration from five different cross-org teams. Spearheading business discussions to add new data sources to phone number database to improve Caller ID.

Software Engineering Intern

Flipboard, Palo Alto, CA
May 2014 - Dec 2014

A KPCB 2014 Engineering Fellow. Developed topic knowledge engine and API to provide detailed context info about news topics and developed the front-end to display topic information for the Node.js/React.js web app. Analyzed usage logs from Redshift and developed front-end data analytics.

Developer Intern

Microsoft, Cambridge, MA
Jun 2013 - Dec 2013

Led development and maintenance on digital scrapbooking app published to Windows Store. Designed, developed, tested, and shipped the product with 5 interns in Microsoft Foundry. Coded features such as auto-save, touch-enabled drawing, themes & layouts, upload & view online.

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Intelligent and Interactive Systems Group at Harvard
Vision Sciences Laboratory at Harvard
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Designed & developed online studies platform labinthewild.org (3.3 million+ participants to date). Created several web-based experiments for mobile and desktop devices. Today, most of the new studies created and run use the same code templates.

Published “Predicting Users’ First Impressions of Website Aesthetics With a Quantification of Perceived Visual Complexity and Colorfulness” (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013)


Harvard University

A.B. in Computer Science, Secondary in Statistics
Aug 2011 - May 2015
GPA 4.0 | John Harvard Scholar

Elected to Harvard Phi Beta Kappa in Nov ’14 as one of 48 chosen out of the entire senior class for outstanding academic achievement; received Detur Book Prize in Oct ’12 for high academic standing

Activities: Vice President, Harvard China Forum; Teaching Fellow for CS 50, CS 51


Technological Toolbox

  • HTML
  • CSS / LESS
  • JQuery
  • SQL (MySQL / PostgreSQL)
  • Git
  • Heroku
  • Pyramid / Flask

Programming Languages

  • Python
  • JavaScript / CoffeeScript
  • C
  • C#
  • PHP
  • OCaml
  • Java
  • C++


  • English (fluent)
  • Chinese (fluent, native)
  • French (working proficiency)

Harvard China Forum

Jan 2012 - Present

Built to provide information on an annual conference held at Harvard University with top entrepreneurs, political figures, activists, and thinkers about Chinese issues.

Includes custom-built registration/ticketing/digital check-in (QR codes) system, managing ~$50,000 in sales.

Technology: Pyramid (Python), PostgreSQL, Heroku, Google Wallet, jQuery, Bootstrap



Jun 2013 - Present

A Windows 8 App built to enable users to remember, relive, and retell their most precious memories. Features include personalizing memories using an assortment of editing tools, sharing creations easily via web link, and printing memories to a printer.

Technology: C#/Xaml, Windows Azure Website, Windows Azure Mobile Service, Windows Live API


Lab in the Wild

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Designed and developed this online studies platform and several web-based computer science & psychology experiments regarding human-computer interaction, design aesthetics, and intelligence for mobile and desktop devices.

Build data parser to aggregate and analyze experimental data.

Technology: jQuery, zen.js, PHP, MySQL


Act on a Dream

Dec 2011 - Dec 2012

A website built and maintained for Harvard College Act on a Dream, an immigrant advocacy group.

Features a Wordpress backend to allow editing of content, and a new Scholarships Database that allows custom searches with admin interface for board members to edit the database.

Technology: Wordpress, PHP, MySQL


Leverett House

Jun 2012 - Aug 2013

Redesigned site and rebuilt frame for Leverett House, a Harvard Residential House. Cleaned up, documented, and reorganized decade-old, fragmented code base.

Features a multi-level navigation bar to aid in site organization. More dramatic redesign in progress.

Technology: MediaWiki, Flickr API, jQuery, PHP, MySQL

  • Harvard China Forum

  • Rememory

  • Lab in the Wild

  • Act on a Dream

  • Leverett House

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