Hi! My name is Tawanna Dillahunt and I am a Ph.D. student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.  My research interests lie in using technology to motivate and encourage positive behaviors.  Currently, I am researching how to motivate environmentally sustainable behaviors via ubiquitous technologies and social computing.  I am also exploring energy use in low-income communities.  My advisor is Jennifer Mankoff.

I hold a M.S. in Computer Science from the Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University.  I was also a software engineer at Intel Corporation for 7 years.


Recent News

June ’12

Attended HCIC Annual Conference in Pacific Grove, CA

April ’12

Gave a guest lecture for the University of Michigan’s Interactive & Social Computing (MISC) group

Invited speaker at Clemson University's School of Computing

Invited speaker for 2012 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference in Pittsburgh

Spring ’12

Recipient of IBM Graduate Fellowship

February 2012

Received honorable mention for the Ford Ph.D. Candidacy Fellowship

January 2012

Recipient of the University of Michigan’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship

November ’11

Fran Allen IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Recipient, 2011

May ’11 - CHI

CHI Volunteer, Vancouver, BC

February 24 - 28, 2011

Academic Career Workshops for Underrepresented Participants, Los Angeles, CA

February 2011

Recipient of Richard Tapia Scholarship

Spring 2011

Recipient of IBM Graduate Fellowship

Fall 2010 (Aug - Dec)

Instructor for 05433/05633 User Interface Lab (Android Mobile Development

Summer 2010 (June - August)

Internship at IBM TJ Watson with the Social Computing Group in Hawthorne, NY

April ’10 - CHI Examining Appropriation, Re-use, and Maintenance Workshop

Paper accepted to the  Appropriation, Re-use, and Maintenance Workshop, April 2010, Atlanta, GA

April ’10 - CHIMe Workshop

Accepted to the Computer Human Interaction Mentoring (CHIMe) Workshop, April 2010, Atlanta, GA