Marwa AlAlawi

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT HCI Engineering Group , advised by Prof. Stefanie Mueller.

As an HCI researcher and mechanical engineer, I am interested in solving problems at the intersection of digital and physical interactions. My interests lie in exploring haptics, materials, and sensing. During my undergrad at MIT, I worked with Dr. Brian Anthony and Professor Cynthia Breazeal. I also interned as a VR developer at REACT Neuro and GREE Japan. My current research is supported by the Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program.

Non-academic passions: digital art & animation, game design, and languages.

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Marwa AlAlawi , Noah Pacik-Nelson, Junyi Zhu, Ben Greenspan, Andrew Doan, Brandon Wong, Benjamin Owen-Block, Shanti Mickens, Wilhelm Schoeman, Michael Wessely, Andreea Danielescu, Stefanie Mueller,
“MechSense: A Design and Fabrication Pipeline for Integrating Rotary Encoders into 3D Printed Mechanisms"
In Proceedings of CHI 2023.


Marwa AlAlawi & Brandon Wong,
“LeviCircuits: Adhoc Electrical Circuit Prototyping using Ultrasound Levitation,”
UIST 2022 Adjunct, SIC, October 2022


Marwa AlAlawi ,
“Design of a Virtual Environment for Physiological and Subjective Monitoring of User Presence in VR,”
B.Sc. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,May 2020

Conferences Attended


  • ACM Designing Interactive Systems ( DIS'23)
  • ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF'22)
  • Teaching

    Product Engineering Processes (MIT 2.009), Remote - Remote Teaching Assistant (August 2020 - December 2020)
    MIT Toy Product Design (2.00b), Cambridge, MA- Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (FBRUARY 2020 - May 2020) & (FBRUARY 2022 - May 2020))
    MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Amman, Jordan- Team Leader & Instructor (January 2020 - February 2020)
    MehtA+ college level Machine Learning Bootcamp, online- Teaching Assistant (May 2020-August 2020)
    MIT Maker-spaces (Makerlodge, Makerworks), Cambridge, MA- Undergraduate mentor (September 2017 - Current)
    MIT Physics (8.01): MECHANICS I, Cambridge, MA- Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (September- December 2017)

    Work Experience

    REACT Neuro, Cambridge, USA (Remote)- XR Development Intern (DECEMBER 2020- APRIL 2021)
    GREE, Tokyo, Japan- XR Development Intern (JUNE - AUGUST 2018)
    Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan- Junior Experience Designer (POSTPONED)

    Past Projects

    Physical Kanji to Katakana convertor that utilizes OCR technology (for Japanese learners)
    A mechanical beehive system eliminating heavy box lifting from beekeeping
    Minion Yoyos
    50 mass-manufactured yoyos using injection molding & thermoforming processes
    Shark Splash
    Interactive water game with a concept similiar to Russian Roulette/ Musical chairs

    For more projects, visit here and here