Makeda Stephenson is an engineer by training, specializing in advanced manufacturing-enabled regenerative medicine. She primarily works with scaffold development. She is a graduate student in biomedical engineering and has training in manufacturing engineering and operations. Stephenson is an instigator of positive change with regards to involving underrepresented demographics in the tech economy. She is an avid proponent of democratized access to modern and relevant technology and ubiquitous STEM engagement. She has co-founded and/or served on the board of multiple NPOs.