Miriah is an associate professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. She co-directs the Visualization Design Lab, which focuses on the design of visualization systems for helping analysts make sense of complex data, and on the development of design methods for helping visualization designers make sense of the world. She obtained her bachelors degree in astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University, and earned a PhD in computer science from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the faculty at Utah Miriah was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and a visiting scientist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Miriah was named a University of Utah Distinguished Alumni, both a TED Fellow and a PopTech Science Fellow, and included on MIT Technology Review's TR35 list of the top young innovators. She was also awarded a AAAS Mass Media Fellowship that landed her a stint as a science writer for the Chicago Tribune.