Hi! My name is Stefany Cruz and I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering at Northwestern University. I work in the Ka MoaMoa lab, where I am advised by Josiah Hester. I am supported by the Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Ph.D. Fellowship.
I obtained my B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2019 where I performed undergraduate research in Dr. Grover’s TEC Lab and Dr. Wei Ren’s Cooperative Vehicle Networks (COVEN) Lab. Prior to UCR, I attended Pasadena City College where I received my A.S. degrees in Mathematics and Physics, and A.A’s in Engineering Technology and Natural Science.
My research focuses on democratizing wearable technologies by developing and co-designing inclusive wearables with and for marginalized groups. I work at the intersection of hardware systems and human-computer interaction to explore how we can build equitable, efficient, and intelligent wearable systems.