The current IRES program will build on the experiences of the UNH IRES program, which funded the work of following 18 students between 2014 and 2016.


Lauren Futami is a junior majoring in Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College. She is interested in human computer interaction, product design, and video production. She is also excited to participate in research to discover how large displays and augmented reality can combine to engage people in new learning techniques.

Dana Hsiao is a senior at Wellesley College majoring in Computer Science. She is excited about the potential that Augmented and Virtual Reality have in both video games and practical pursuits. She is also interested in the processes and methods of computer security.

Maleah Maxie is a junior at Wellesley College. She is majoring in Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences and Music. Next year, she will be studying the effectiveness of digital technology in the classroom. She is interested in the safety implications of user interface design in autonomous vehicles and other technology critical to our society’s infrastructure.

Calvin Liang is a master’s student in Human Factors at Tufts University where he also earned his B.S. in Engineering Psychology. He currently conducts Brain-Computer Interaction research under Professor Rob Jacob. Calvin is most interested in using technology as a way to optimize the human experience and hopes to pursue a PhD in HCI in the future. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Michelle Quin is a sophomore at Wellesley College double majoring in Media Arts & Sciences and English. She is currently focusing on HCI and Front-End Web Development, and will be studying Computer Science with an emphasis on Machine Learning at the University of Oxford her junior year. Michelle hopes to go into HCI graduate studies in the future and is interested in working to make user interfaces more intuitive as well as reflective of today’s diverse society.

Midori Yang is a sophomore at Wellesley College majoring in Media Arts and Sciences. She currently works at the college’s HCI lab designing applications for large touchscreen surfaces, but wants to branch out into interactive design for mixed/virtual reality. She is interested in designing interfaces that can be used to facilitate digital design experiences for non-technological artists.


Whitney Fahnbulleh is a junior at Wellesley College majoring Media Arts and Sciences and minoring in Chinese. Whitney is spending her junior year studying data analytics and visualization, human computer interaction, and is self-studying game design. She is most excited in the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality for creating immersive environments for gaming and knowledge delivery. She looks forward to graduate studies in HCI and game design.

Taylor Gotfrid is a senior double majoring in Computer Engineering and Cognitive Science at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is greatly interested in user experience research and making technology more accessible for those with developmental disabilities. She currently conducts research in the Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs lab under Professor Sri Kurniawan developing games for individuals with developmental disabilities that will assess their understanding of basic concepts such as object relations and their problem-solving abilities. After she graduate she intends to pursue a Ph.D in HCI or Interaction Design.

Aditi Joshi is a senior at Olin College majoring in Engineering Design. She is especially interested in human centered design and connecting actual products and features to the people on the other end of the screen. She thinks that it is important to think of design as a constant process, starting from user research and talking to real people, co-designing with them and getting feedback, and actual implementation of these ideas. In her professional life she hopes to create products that make a social impact in the world, using engineering to help empower, educate, and assist the extremely different types of people in today’s world.

Dillon Montag is a senior mathematics and computer science double major at Westmont College. Previously, Dillon has conducted research in the fields of network science and big data, where he analyzed student performance within the UCLA mathematics department. He is interested in the intersection of computer science with the other social sciences and is excited to be transitioning into the industry.

Elizabeth Stowell is a PhD student in Personal Health Informatics at Northeastern University in Boston. She earned her B.A. in Health and Society at Wellesley College. She currently works in the Wellness Technology Lab that conducts that creates and evaluates wellness technologies to address health inequities. Elizabeth is interested in using technology to empower people to make informed decisions about their own health, and in using technology to facilitate health activism.

Donovan Toure is a recent graduate of New York University where he earned a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media. His focus was on on Virtual and Augmented Reality, Game Design as well as Human Factors Engineering. He is interested in how Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies can be utilized in mission planning, training, and as psychological countermeasures in long-term space missions for humans living off world.

Natalie Warren is a junior Cognitive Science major at Yale University. As a member of the Yale Social Robotics Lab, she enjoys exploring technology’s role in improving cognitive functioning and social interaction. Natalie is interested in studying the effects of digital media on attention and performance, especially in children.

Anna Wong is a sophomore studying at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Statistics and Machine Learning major. Anna entered the HCI field as a research assistant in CMU’s Human Computer Interaction Institute, where she has worked with data collected from wearable technology. Currently she is fascinated by big data and biometric data. She is most interested in developing tools that will allow users to interact with their personal data in a direct and accessible way.


Chun-Cheng Chang is a PhD student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently works in the Human Factors Statistical Modeling Lab under the supervision of Dr. Linda Ng Boyle where he conducts studies evaluating the distraction properties of voice control interfaces. He is interested in how cognitive workload measurements can be used as a guide for better automotive user interfaces.

Jennifer Cooper is pursuing a Master of Science in human factors/ergonomics from the University of Minnesota. She earned her B.A. in psychology from St. Catherine University in 2012, where she discovered a passion for research. She is currently working in a human factors lab at the U of M that conducts a range of research studies on in-vehicle warning systems, at-risk driving populations, and human-centered safety designs. Her research interests are human-computer interaction, technology-mediated learning, and transportation safety.

Chloe Eghtebas is a senior Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Olin College of Engineering interested in making a positive impact on the world. Chloe is passionate about cybersecurity, design, entrepreneurship, and electrical and computer engineering. As someone who values higher education and technological innovation, her plan is to continue to increase technical expertise through academia and industry.

Scott W. Greenwald is a 5th year Phd student with Pattie Maes at the MIT Media Lab. He is interested in facilitating learning through wearable technologies, remote collaboration and context-aware information retrieval. His work makes use of eye gaze and pupillometry to enhance the ability of systems and remote collaborators to respond to wearers’ cognitive and emotional states. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and German from Northwestern University, a master’s in Scientific Computing from the Free University of Berlin, and a master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT.

Morgyne Weaver is a senior at Wellesley College graduating in May 2015. She is a Media Arts and Sciences major and an English minor. Currently she is interested in making tangible interfaces much more intuitive for users, while also decreasing cognitive load. She is drawn to the challenge of creating an interface that many people from different backgrounds will not only be able to easily use, but that they will like to use.

Vicky Zeamer is a Media Arts and Sciences & American Studies major from Wellesley College. Vicky is spending her senior year researching how millennials interact with global cities through the MIT Mobile Experience Lab. She gets most excited about user experience research, media ecology, and interface design. She looks forward to getting a PhD in HCI/Interaction Design in the near future.


Drea K. Fekety is a current PhD candidate in the Human Factors Psychology program at Clemson University, South Carolina. Drea’s research experience and professional interests lie in the fields of experimental psychology, visual perception, and transportation safety, with an emphasis on experimental design and statistical analysis. He is currently focused on solving the human factors challenges faced while driving at night. During his time in the IRES program, Drea helped design and execute a research project investigating the task-evoked pupillary response (TEPR) in mesopic lighting conditions. Find Drea on LinkedIn at

Michael Nguyen is currently finishing up his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Montana State University. His research interests include just about anything that user’s have to interface with, such as a website he is currently working on for a United Nations Subcommittee that aims to provide fleet managers with resources. In Germany, his team was tasked to develop a model associated with pupil dilation and cognitive workload under various environmental conditions. His duties included creating, designing, and conducting a study as well as applying various physiological sensors such as the Nexus 10, SMI eye tracker, and the Emotiv EPOC.

Rudra Timsina is a graduate student at University of New Hampshire. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from UNH in May 2014. He participated in the UNH IRES program as researchers during summer 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. The research was to evaluate mental workload under various lighting conditions. In this study Rudra used an eye tracker, a brain computer interface and biofeedback systems to measure various physiological outputs. Rudra’s current research interests are in electronic communications and electromagnetic. Currently he is working with phased array antennas and mercury switches to study beam forming and beam steering in various antenna structures.

Micah Lucas is a graduate student at University of New Hampshire. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from UNH in May 2014. He participated in the UNH IRES program as researchers during summer 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. He explored changes in pupil diameter under different levels of lighting and cognitive load.

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