Stefanie Mueller Photo: CSAIL
EECS faculty member Stefanie Mueller has received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s SIGCHI organization, an international community for professionals, scholars, and students interested in human-computer interaction (HCI).
Mueller’s dissertation, on interactive fabrication, “represents a major milestone in the field of personal fabrication, a recent sub-field of HCI,” SIGCHI noted in announcing the award recently. “In her thesis, she reports on several technical solutions for laser cutters, as well as 3-D printers, that step-by-step enable interactive design and printing.”
Mueller conducted her research during her PhD studies at the HCI lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Berlin, Germany. In January 2017, Mueller joined the EECS faculty, where she is now X-Consortium Career Development Professor. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and heads the HCI Engineering Group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL).
Her research has led to nine HCI or user-interface software and technology (UIST) publications, and she received a previous best-dissertation award at the INFORMATIK 2017 conference in Germany. In 2017, she was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science, a list highlighting America’s most important young scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and leaders.