Stefanie Mueller, the X-Consortium Career Development Professor in EECS, received the 2016 Dissertation Prize at the recent INFORMATIK 2017 conference in Germany.
Mueller was honored for her dissertation "Interacting with Personal Fabrication Devices,” which she completed in the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) department at the Hasso-Plattner Institute under the direction of Professor Patrick Baudisch. The award, which recognizes the best PhD thesis in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, is presented annually by the German Society for Informatics (GI), the Austrian Society for Informatics, and the Swiss Society for Informatics. GI President Peter Liggesmeyer presented the award to Mueller at the conference.
Mueller joined the EECS faculty in January 2017. She holds a joint appointment in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering and heads the HCI Engineering Group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL). In her research, she focuses on developing novel hardware and software systems that advance personal fabrication technologies.
Her work has been published at the most selective HCI venues, including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Conference for Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), and User Interface Software and Technology (UIST). She was also included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science 2017 list, which showcases America’s most important young scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and leaders.