Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2022
  • M.S., Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2020
  • B.S., Computer Science, Spelman College, 2017
Academic Appointments
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sensation and Perception, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2021, 2022
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Human Factors in Design, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2019
Professional Honors
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Merit Scholarship, 2021
  • Cognitive Science Society Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2021
  • Programs Chair, Black Graduate Students Association at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2018-2020
  • Spelman College Ambassador Andrew Young International Scholarship, 2013-2017
  • Apple HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Scholarship, 2015-2016
  • 1st Place award for the most innovative project, 2016
  • Google Edge Scholar, 2014
Professional Affiliations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2021 – present
  • Cognitive Science Society 2019 - 2021

Dr. Denga is a cognitive scientist with over five years of experience investigating the mechanisms underlying expert behavior in humans. Her graduate work examined the components of tasks that affect reaction time and attention.

Dr. Denga has extensive expertise in designing and implementing experimental tasks and collecting human subjects' data with diverse populations both in a laboratory setting as well as in naturalistic environments. Additionally, she has experience analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, as well as process data captured while people interact with digital tasks. Dr. Denga has initiated cross-functional collaborations on various projects and has a solid background communicating with different stakeholders. Since joining Exponent, Dr. Denga has worked on a variety of projects involving human factors aspects of vehicle operator control, warnings and safety information communication, as well as pedestrian behavior.