I am a Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing Program in the Information Systems Department at UMBC. I am advised by Dr. Amy Hurst and am a member of the Prototyping and Design Lab which is part of the Interactive Systems Research Center.
My research interests are in the areas of assistive technology and STEM engagement. I am part of a research team working to create a living laboratory in the form of a youth-run 3D print shop at the Digital Harbor Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland. Through this research we hope to better understand the impact that Maker employment has on youth attitudes toward STEM fields, Making, and future technical employment.
During my time at UMBC, I have had the opportunity to work on several other research projects including:
Exploring the use of 3D printing as a means to engage underrepresented students in STEM learning (both in post-secondary integrated classrooms and with inner-city youth during an after-school workshop)
Exploring mobile navigation aids for individuals who are blind
Exploring design considerations for the development of future medication management systems for individuals who are blind
Our work was featured on NSF Science Nation!