approaches, you will find interaction among groups on existing projects and classes. Group meetings may
take place at any time of day in the lab. Juan Gilbert generally visits throughout the day to provide us
with updates. For the rest of the time, students occupy themselves with more research and coursework.
Occasionally, we have social time in the lab, where we “kick it.”
What is one feature of your lab you would not do without?
We would never want to do without our uniquely configured team dynamics. Our team’s identity derives
from each lab member’s individual talents and perspectives, providing the ideal organizational culture for
the lab. We are a singular group in computing because we are mostly female and mostly students of color.
There is no other computing research lab in the nation like ours—we would never change who we are and
what we do.
What is one feature of your lab that you want and don’t have?
We all agree that our lab environment is suitable for working diligently. However, in seeking temporary
serenity, we would love to have lounge furniture within the lab. Our lab is furnished with personal worksta-tions, several group work areas, and a conference table, but no space is reserved for reclining throughout the
busy week (but don’t tell Professor Gilbert).
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How would you describe how people interact in your lab?
Our lab operates similarly to a family-owned business. We encourage, help, and learn from each other while
making individual contributions to the overall productivity of the team. As we take on the many issues
affecting our society, our variety of perspectives and backgrounds aids in the business of the day: research
What is the one thing you see as most important about what you do here?
As we reside in one of the most influential countries in the world, we are motivated by the differences we
make in the lives of others who may not have the resources we have obtained. We work to amplify their
voices while creating beneficial, innovative technologies. In doing so, the social issues we address include
education, voting issues, disability rights, and automobile and highway safety, to name a few. Our research is
changing the world, and we love it!