Mueller will receive a two-year fellowship “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field” provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She will receive a fellowship in the amount of $75,000 to be used to further her research on interactive computer systems around 3D printers.
Before joining MIT, Stefanie Müller finished her doctoral thesis in Human Computer Interaction at the Hasso Plattner Institute in December 2016 with summa cum laude. For several years she worked closely with the internationally renowned researcher Professor Patrick Baudisch, chair of the Human Computer Interaction Lab at HPI. He was inducted into the CHI Academy in 2013 and has been an ACM distinguished scientist since 2014. Since 2019, he has been the chair of the SIGCHI Research and Practice Awards subcommittee. "Highly deserved - Stefanie's work is truly at the forefront of research in personal fabrication" says Baudisch.
Since January 2017, Stefanie Mueller has been an assistant professor at MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with joint appointment with MIT Mechanical Engineering. In her research, Stefanie Mueller develops novel hardware and software systems that combine 3D printing with recent developments in material science to create physical objects that can be updated as easily as digital content can be changed today. Stefanie has published at the most selective conferences in her field "human-computer interaction" and has received multiple best paper awards. She was also named a Forbes 30 under 30 in Science, has received a National Science Foundation Career Award, and won the Best Dissertation Award in Human-Computer Interaction awarded by ACM SIGCHI, as well as a Best Dissertation Award Honorable Mention across all computing disciplines awarded by the ACM.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit institution that supports original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.