Stephanie Santoso (moderator)

Senior Policy Advisor for Making, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In her role at the White House, Stephanie has been leading efforts to develop initiatives, activities and programs to support the Maker Movement. This included helping to plan the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Day of Making to encourage communities across the U.S. to create more opportunities for individuals to make, build, tinker, fix, invent and come up with new ways to make the world a better place. She is working with a variety of stakeholders, including schools, universities, makerspaces, federal agencies, cities, libraries, museums, companies and non-profit organizations to think about how making can expand hands-on, informal STEM learning, facilitate entrepreneurship, foster a culture of domestic manufacturing and help encourage solving global challenges locally. Stephanie is also pursuing a PhD in Information Science at Cornell University, where her research focuses on the development of emerging technologies, including the relationship between open sourcing and intellectual property. She is also interested in the processes involved in governing these technologies and the role that users play in determining how a technology evolves in these contexts. Stephanie believes that students who engage in making experience first hand how design, art, science, technology, engineering and math are intertwined when it comes to developing new ideas and how powerful combining the knowledge from these different fields can be when it comes to solving problems.