Sophie Smith

I go to school at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I am a rising junior there and I am majoring in Computer Science. I plan to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science.

This summer’s mission: Completing an interface for our knitting machine that will allow the user to manipulate textures and sizing of a sweater

Sophie’s internship blog

Lindsay Zadunayski (REU Summer 2017)

I am a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute planning to graduate in May 2019.  I am pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics in the School of Science.  This summer I am participating in CRA-W’s Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU). You can contact me at

This summer I am working with Professor Jen Mankoff (CMU), Professor Kaite Siek (Indiana University), and Ujjwai Baskota(Jackson State University) to investigate online reviews for Ob/Gyns and Urologists.   We are hoping to discover how they reflect the patient experience, and how satisfaction and language use change based on a variety of factors.  To do so we are using Google reviews and federal datasets.

Lindsay’s Internship Blog

Aarudra Moudgalya

Headshot of Aarudra MoudgalyaAarudra Moudgalya is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from CMU who’s interested in designing and manufacturing for assistive technology. His creativity is focused towards making affordable prosthetics and exoskeletons using rapid prototyping techniques. Aarudra is currently working on designing modular upper limb prostheses at the Human Computer Interaction Institute. He enjoys DIY projects, making music and doodling.

Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna Dillahunt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI) and hold a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. Before starting as an Assistant Professor, I was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in UMSI from January 2013 – July 2014. I also lead the Social Innovations Group at UMSI and my research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and social computing. I am primarily interested in identifying needs and opportunities to further explore how theories from the social sciences can be used to design technologies that have a positive impact on group and individual behavior. With the narrowing of the digital divide, the ubiquity of smart devices and mobile hotspots in common places in the U.S. (e.g., libraries, community centers, and even McDonald’s) I see an urgent need to explore the use of these technologies for those that stand the most to gain from these resources. Therefore, I design, build, enhance and deploy innovative technologies that solve real-world problems, particularly in underserved communities.

I hold a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Computer Science from the Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering (now a part of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR), and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. I was also a software engineer at Intel Corporation for several years