Meet Brenda

headshot of Brenda Castro, with her head resting on her fingers, in a thoughtful pose

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live to express, not to impress.”


I am an Information Science PhD student at Cornell/Cornell Tech and am focusing on Human-Computer Interaction. Currently, I am working with Professor Shiri Azenkot and aim to create accessible and affordable technologies to improve well-being.

In 2018, I graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Joint Computer Science-Mathematics. My research experience includes accessible technology, human-robot teamwork, and middle school computer science education.

Rock climbing is my favorite pastime!

My Thoughts

  • Consuming or Creating
    Focus on circumstances and you'll be a consumer. Focus on capacity and you'll be a creator. Kade Janes
  • Collaborative Love
    The beautiful thing about the collaborative work of art is that it will not paint or draw or sculpt itself. … Read more
  • Success
    What is a snob? A snob is anybody who takes a small part of you, and uses that to come … Read more
  • You Control the Fight
    “Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are … Read more
  • Fearlessness
    “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural … Read more