Denae Ford is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Her research identifies cognitive and social barriers to participation in online socio-technical ecosystems. A few of these ecosystems include remote technical interviews, Stack Overflow, and GitHub using biometric sensing through eye movements and nonverbal cues. Her most recent work dismantles barriers to participation taking advantage of identity deployment, peer parity, and community mentorship.
During her tenure at North Carolina State University she has collaborated with researchers from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Microsoft Research, Stack Exchange, Carnegie Mellon, University of Rochester and others.
Denae is a recipient of the National GEM Consortium Fellowship, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University where she also minored in Cognitive Science.