Our Team

Antonia Sweet

Research Analyst
Graduate Student – School of Information

Antonia has spent the past decade working in the education and youth development sphere focusing on breaking down barriers to people exercising their agency. Her belief in the power of data to make seen the unseen, but recognizes that while data may be neutral, the process by which it becomes useful information is not. Only through understanding the social in sociotechnology can we hope to use technology in an equitable way to serve people and solve problems. She has a bachelor’s in anthropology and political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is pursuing a master’s of science in information with a focus on data science for social good/public policy.

Jessica Taketa

Project Manager
Graduate Student – Public Policy and School of Information

Jessica has worked in various organizations pertaining to the field of higher education including institutions, state systems, and non-profit research and advocacy organizations. Her work has focused on increasing the access and success of marginalized students, with the belief that social and economic mobility should be attainable to all populations.

Full-Stack Developer
Doctoral Candidate – School of Information

Pei-Yao has a background in computer science and conducts research in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (UX) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (e.g., social computing). His recent projects include improving the inclusivity of a lung cancer screening decision aid and supporting patients’ control over sensor data to negotiate independence. He enjoyed designing and developing systems to empower people in their everyday pursuits, such as learning, social interaction, and health.

Strategy and Operations
Resident PIT Entrepreneur

Hampshire has worked extensively across the private, public, and social sector as a technology consultant and a social entrepreneur. He focuses on developing knowledge based on the lived experiences and collective stories of underrepresented social entrepreneurs. He received a masters degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and is an alum of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.

Research Faculty, University of Michigan
Principal Investigator

Dr. Fabusuyi’s research interests are in Urban Systems and Operations Research, specifically designing and implementing initiatives that support sustainable and resilient communities with a focus on efficiency and equity issues. Dr. Fabusuyi was a Planning Economist at the African Development Bank and an adjunct Economics faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy.

Acknowledgements

Associate Professor, Public Policy
Former Principal Investigator

Dr. Hampshire is currently on leave from the Ford School, serving as principal deputy assistant secretary for research and technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Alumni

Front-End Developer (UX/Web)
Graduate Student – School of Information

Anuya has an undergraduate background in computer science and graphic design and has previously worked in the areas of software development and computational physics research. She is currently pursuing the field of human-computer interaction and her goal is to combine design principles with technology to help develop innovative, human-centric solutions. 

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Public Interest Technology adopts best practices in human-centered design, product development, process re-engineering, and data science to solve public problems in an inclusive, iterative manner-continuously learning, improving, and aiming to deliver better outcomes to the public.

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