Curriculum Vitae

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2017-2021 (Expected)

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University


Masters in Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University


Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Minor in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Highest Honors

Professional Experience


Graduate Research Assistant

Stanford University (shape lab)

June-September 2019

Research Intern

Microsoft Research (Ability & Epic Team)

June-September 2018

Research Intern

HP Lab (Immerive Experiences Lab)

June-September 2014

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Amgen Scholar)

Stanford University

October 2012-May 2015

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Georgia Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

These are selected publications. Read a complete list of my publications.

  • Alexa F Siu, Mike Sinclair, Robert Kovacs, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz, and Edward Cutrell. 2020. Virtual Reality Without Vision: A Haptic and Auditory White Cane to Navigate Complex Virtual Worlds. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–13. [Acceptance Rate: 24.3%]. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%). [ PDF ]
  • Alexa F Siu, Son Kim, Joshua A Miele, and Sean Follmer. 2019. shapeCAD: An accessible 3D modelling workflow for the blind and visually-impaired via 2.5 D shape displays. In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 342–354. [Acceptance Rate: 25%]. Best Paper Nominee. [ PDF ]
  • Alexa F Siu, Eric J Gonzalez, Shenli Yuan, Jason B Ginsberg, and Sean Follmer. 2018. Shapeshift: 2D spatial manipulation and self-actuation of tabletop shape displays for tangible and haptic interaction. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–13. [Acceptance Rate: 25%]. Best Demo Honorable Mention. [ PDF ]

Teaching Experience

Spring 2020

Designing for Accessibility

Instructor(s): John Tang

Stanford University

Fall 2019

Design Impact Master's Project I

Instructor(s): Sean Follmer & David Kelley

Stanford University

Spring 2018 & 2019

Introduction to the Design of Smart Products

Instructor(s): Sean Follmer

Stanford University

Spring 2015

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Instructor(s): Jim Rehg

Georgia Institute of Technology

Fall 2014

Introduction to Bioengineering Statistics

Instructor(s): Brani Vidakovic

Georgia Institute of Technology

Funding Awards & Honors

  • National Science Foundation Collaborative Grant: “Learning by Touch: Preparing Blind Students to Participate in the Data Science Revolution (2020)
  • Hasso-Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant: Haptic Guidance to Support Design Education and Collaboration for Blind and Visually Impaired People (2020)
  • CHI 2020 Best Paper Honorable Mention (2020)
  • Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant (2019)
  • ASSETS 2019 Best Paper Nominee (2019)
  • UIST & ASSETS 2019 Doctoral Consortium Travel Grant (2019)
  • Bill Moggridge Design Award (2018)
  • Fastco Innovation by Design Awards Honorable Mention in the Student Category (2018)
  • UIST 2017 Best Demo Honorable Mention (2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) (2015)
  • Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship (2015)
  • Amgen Scholar at Stanford University (2014)


  • Mechatronics (circuits, embedded systems, state machines, event-driven programming)
  • Hardware prototyping (rapid fabrication, CAD - SolidWorks & OnShape, mechanical design & assembly)
  • Programming (Python, MATLAB, C, C#, R)
  • Experience & interaction prototyping (Unity, Adobe CC, Figma)
  • Human-centered design methods (participatory design practices, WoZ, interviews, contextual inquiry)
  • Quantitative & qualitative user study design & analysis
  • Spoken languages: Spanish (native), French (proficient)

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