Yekaterina Glazko: techie, learner, and adventurer
Yekaterina Glazko (“Kate” to her friends) has been involved with Mozilla since 2014. She is from Los Angeles where she is a student of Computer Science and Business Administration at University of Southern California. Kate is interested in robotics and multimedia. In her spare time, she enjoys playing lacrosse.
Hi Kate! How did you discover the Web?
The web has been a necessity for me since I was a kid. I used it to do research for school and to connect with my friends.
How did you hear about Mozilla?
I’ve been using Firefox for a while now; however, I really became a loyal user after my testing internship at ReachLocal in 2013. After researching Firefox some more, I also became a big fan of Mozilla’s mission!
How and why did you start contributing to Mozilla?
My internship at Mozilla in summer 2014 got me in touch with some community contributors at Mozilla. It was inspiring to see how much people contributed even while having other jobs! I decided that I would continue working on Mozilla Quality Assurance projects after my internship.
Have you contributed to any other Mozilla projects in any other way?
I’ve written a couple of apps for Firefox OS: Fox Facts and Test Silent Alarm Daemon. I’ve participated in a variety of hackathons organized by local schools where shared with teams how easy it is to create a Firefox OS app from a mobile-first web app.
What’s the contribution you’re the most proud of?
I am proud of my work on Fox Facts, an application meant to make it easier for contributors new to QA to find out information about their device: buildID, operating system version, platform information, and memory. In its latest iteration, it works with Firefox 2.0 and allows for one-click information gathering if using a development build including memory and other need-to-knows for filing a bug. A new version that will work with the Bugzilla API is moving into the development phase this semester.
What projects did you work on during your internships at Mozilla?
During my summer internship in 2014 I got to work with Marcia Knous and Tony Chung in Firefox OS QA on an application. I helped create a test plan for Find My Device, which was new in Firefox OS 2.0. My work involved converting user stories into MozTrap test cases and test suites, running the tests on a daily basis, as well as investigating bugs. At the end of my internship I gave a presentation on Constructing a Test Plan End-to-End for Find My Device at the Mozilla Mountain View office.
I also participated in the QA Fair held during the QA Work Week in July 2014 at the Mountain View office. I demoed the Find My Device app to members of the public who attended the fair.
During my summer internship in 2015 I worked in Release Management with Liz Henry on projects that included a release survey and a redesign of the Release Notes front-end.
What advice would you give to someone who is new and interested in contributing to Mozilla?
If you had one word or sentence to describe Mozilla, what would it be?
What exciting things do you envision for you and Mozilla in the future?
I am excited to see how Firefox OS continues to influence the smartphone landscape, and how I can help.
Is there anything else you’d like to say or add to the above questions?
Thank you, Mozilla, for the opportunities to learn so much!
The Mozilla QA and Release Management teams would like to thank Kate Glazko for her contribution over the past 1 year.
Kate started a summer internship with us last year on a small app called “Find My Device”, but little did she realize it turned out to be a broad and engaging project. In addition to her own QA team, she had to interact with different groups like web development, devOps, platform development, and community testers. She did a wonderful job juggling vague and changing requirements, building out manual and automated testcases, and even diving in and fixing bugs that she found! Kate always had a smile in everything she did, and was a joyful person to be around. Thank you for your help and your passion for quality! – Tony Chung
I had a great time working with Kate this summer. She jumped into developing tools with the Bugzilla and Socorro APIs, re-wrote the front end code for Firefox’s release notes, and triaged critical bugs with the release management team. Kate is relentless in her approach to problem solving in projects — always up for a thoughtful discussion of technical issues, user experience and design, or business and the tech industry. We have a lot of fun too, hanging out in person and on IRC.
On a personal note, I appreciated Kate sticking by my side at times at our big work week at Whistler this summer as sometimes I can run into physical difficulties with my wheelchair, something she just took in stride no matter what happened. Thanks for being my freight elevator ally! – Liz Henry
I am glad to have worked alongside Kate this summer, who is also a fellow Trojan! She is extremely passionate about technology and women’s role in it. I have seen her take on diverse tasks like scripting, project management, bug triaging and driving them to completion successfully. I would attribute some of this success to her double major, which is quite a feat!
Our team benefited from many of her ideas like post-release survey, release notes UX design revamp while keeping in mind the nuances of UI design on mobile devices. She also jumped in to help with the ESR release and took on some release tasks which she drove independently.
Kate is bright, energetic and a great team player! I wish her the very best in life and hope our paths cross again in the future. – Ritu Kothari