Shanel Wu

They/them. PhD student: smart textiles, weaving, computational craft, hardware hacking.

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I’m a Taiwanese-American, nonbinary, queer, neurodivergent person/researcher/hacker/designer/maker who lives in the cracks between technology, handcraft, art, the digital and the analog, caring for myself and my communities, the soft and the sharp.

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D in progress, Creative Technology Design, ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder

B.S., Physics and Computers, Harvey Mudd College


Graduate Researcher, Unstable Design Lab, advised by Laura Devendorf

2015, REU Intern, Rice University, Hulett Lab
2014, REU Intern, Stanford University, Stanford Nanofabrication Facility


Shanel Wu, Laura Devendorf. 2020. Unfabricate: Designing Smart Textiles for Disassembly. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’20). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 100, 14 pages. DOI: (Honolulu, HI, USA – April 25-30, 2020).

Mikhaila Friske, Shanel Wu, and Laura Devendorf. 2019. AdaCAD: Crafting Software For Smart Textiles Design. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper 345, 13 pages. DOI: (Glasgow, UK – May 4-9, 2019). Best Paper Honorable Mention.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, CU Boulder

ATLS3300: Object (Fundamentals of Physical Computing)
INFO1201: Introduction to Computational Reasoning

Makerspace Instructor, CU Anschutz Pre-Health Scholars Program (CUPS)

Fundamentals of E-Textiles: Weaving Circuits
Fundamentals of E-Textiles: Embroidering Circuits

Knitting Instructor, Yarnia + various locations in New Jersey

Basic Socks
Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks
Brioche Fundamentals
Introduction to Stranded Colorwork


Unfabricate, Antiuniversity Now
Knitting and Crocheting 3D Shapes, E-Textiles Spring Break


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) Honorable Mention

Other Hats

[[knitting|Knitwear]] designer
[[projects/ChickenCoop/index|Backyard]] chicken and duck uncle
Pie crust and bread experimentalist
Vintage machine scavenger
Table top RPG game master