Portrait photo of Katya Borgos-Rodriguez

Katya Borgos-Rodriguez

Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. Student Northwestern University



March 2021: Paper on the design and exploration of an accessible audio-enhanced weaving loom was published in the journal TACCESS!

April 2020: Paper on understanding accessible making among weavers with vision impairments was accepted to CHI 2020 and receved a Best Paper Honorable Mention!

November 2019: Attended CSCW 2019 for the first time to present our work on parents of children with developmental disabilities on YouTube!

July 2019: Paper on parents of children with developmental disabilities on YouTube was accepted to CSCW 2019.

March 2019: Paper on parent-child collaborative learning through haptic feedback displays was accepted to IDC 2019.

December 2018: Paper on engaging low-income African-American older adults in health discussions was accepted to CHI 2019.

March 2018: Excited to have been invited to participate in CHIMe this year! Looking forward to attending CHI for the first time next month.

September 2017: Moved from Mayaguez, PR to Evanston, IL to pursue my PhD at Northwestern University!

I am a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint program in computer science and communication studies at Northwestern University. I am a researcher in the Inclusive Technology Lab and am advised by Prof. Anne Marie Piper. Broadly, my research interests include understanding online social interactions and designing accessible technologies that support learning and creative work.

Using a qualitative approach, my main line of research focuses on understanding the experiences and technology use practices of disabled content creators, such as YouTubers and fiber artists. I seek to use this knowledge to inform the design of new tools that support their needs and personal goals.

Before joining the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University, I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR, where I obtained a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a specialty in Computing Systems. As an undergraduate, I took on a leadership role in my institution’s IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group, where I helped organize and run workshops with the goal of encouraging Hispanic/Latinx middle and high school students to consider studying engineering.