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Examples of Tech Justice Lab Projects

Undergraduate Researcher: Tessca Almeida

Undergraduate Researcher: Tessca Almeida

Project: “Online Proctoring’s Impact on Students and Student Privacy”

Tessca’s project examines online proctoring software’s claims to fortify education, protecting earned degrees. Her work argues that, in reality, these softwares view students as inherently suspicious and raise significant privacy and bias concerns. Drawing from the anthropological method of “studying up,” Tessca’s project compares proctoring software industry discourse and university policies with findings from her survey assessing student receptions of exam proctoring software in order to understand how Purdue’s relationship to proctoring services symbolizes its institutional values and impacts its students.

About Tessca:

Tessca (she/her) is a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student at Purdue. Through her time at Purdue, she has enjoyed learning more about sustainability through her sustainable engineering minor. She has also had a wonderful time engaging with different communities through EPICS, Society of Women Engineers, and PurdueTHINK. Moving forward, she would like to enter industry and focus on projects which prioritize access and equitability. To learn more about her work, you can email Tessca at

Undergraduate Researcher: Alyssa Delouise

Project: “Ethics in Engineering Education: Is ABET Enough?”

Alyssa’s research project is exploring how ABET accreditation outcomes shape engineering education with respect to addressing the relationship between technical knowledge and ethics. Based upon initial research, she has found that there is a current disconnect between assessment based engineering outcomes and the political and social discourse needed to understand and maintain an ethical practice as an engineer. Her goal is to discover whether or not accreditation should be continued to be used to the standard in which it is, or changes possibly to be made.

About Alyssa:

Alyssa is a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Honors with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She identifies as a first-gen, female in STEM and a STEM Diversity Advocate who is all about sustainability in innovation. She is passionate about all things tech- from design to hardware. On campus, she is a sister of Phi Sigma Rho Sorority, a choreographer for Higher Ground Dance Co., Exec for the ECE Student Society, and an ECE Ambassador. To learn more about her work, you can contact Alyssa at
About Gary:

Undergraduate Researcher: Gary Chen

Project: “Prying Eyes: Location-Based Services”

With mobile devices dominating the digital landscape, location-based data collection is a common occurrence. Gary’s project analyzed the social and ethical implications of this phenomenon and presented a solution incorporating legislation, education, and data activism for curtailing invasive US state and corporate data collection measures. Drawing from case studies of companies with recent data scandals, he examined the imbalance of benefits between consumers and corporations. His project concluded that a multi-pronged approach best addressed this complex issue, drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives of engineers, policy makers, business analysts, and scholars.

About Gary:

Gary is a senior studying Industrial Management and Marketing. He is passionate about sustainable and ethical business practices that look out for all stakeholders of a business. Outside of academics, you can find him participating in various student organizations, cooking (and eating), and at the COREC.

Project: Coded Bias in Resume Screening Software

By: Prithvi, Gabi, and Emily

Prithvi, Gabi, and Emily’s project investigates the impact of coded bias in hiring and talent acquisition practices using resume evaluation algorithms, with a focus on hiring discrimination towards transgender and gender-non-conforming people in resume screening software. The project involves processing fake but qualified candidates’ resumes which include gender neutral pronouns through a resume evaluation program currently on the market that mimics Fortune 500 companies Applicant Tracking Systems.

Undergraduate Researcher: Prithvi Dhanabal

About Prithvi:

Prithvi (he/him) is a second-year Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering student. In addition to his research involvement, he also mentors first-year Honors students through the Honors Mentoring program, and applies his passion for motorsports and hands-on work in the Honors College Race Crew go-kart racing team. In his spare time, he enjoys recreational sports, tinkering with electronics, and listening to music.

Undergraduate Researcher: Gabi Ruderman

About Gabi:

Gabi (they/them) is a fourth-year student at Purdue studying Sociology and PR/Strategic Communication. Through research projects with the Dammon Dean’s Scholars program, they have been able to realize their passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. They completed an internship with an HR consulting group creating training about using pronouns in the workplace. Gabi is looking forward to continuing their work and exploring the intersections of race, ethnicity, disability, and economic class for nonbinary and transgender people. To learn more about LGBTQ+ inclusion in hiring and in the workplace, you can contact Gabi at

Undergraduate Researcher: Emily Hao

About Emily:

Emily (she/her) is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and German. She is passionate about technology as a means for empowering and uplifting disadvantaged groups. At Purdue, she is a member of the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Board and a mentor in the Honors Mentor Program.