Technology Bases Learning with Disability



Technology-based Learning with Disability Lab

Technology-based Learning with Disability Lab

  Stephanie Auld Picture of Stephanie Auld

Advisor:  Dr. Julie Skipper

Stephanie received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering 2007.  She has served as chair of the Ad-Hoc Teaching Committee, Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, President of the WSU Biomedical Engineering society, President of the Student Advisory Board.  Stephanie’s PhD work will be in the field of medical imaging, sensor signal & image processing.


Jennifer Border


Advisor:  Dr. Wayne Shebilske

Jenny received her B.S. in Psychology in 2008 from Wright State University.  She is currently working on her M.S. in Human Factors Psychology.  Her research compares different assistive technology devices in relation to efficiency in typing documents.  Specifically, she is looking at brain computer interface devices, eye gaze, and voice recognition.


Mandy Brogdon

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Advisor:  Dr. Chandler Phillips

Mandy received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and her M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Dayton in 2004 and 2006, respectively.  Since 2001, she has been an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, holding four student officer positions, a regional Student Sections Committee representative position for three years, and served two years on the Committee on Early Career Development.  She is currently serving as an ASME intern.  Mandy’s research will be in the area of pneumatic muscle assistance.


Ronald Butcher


Advisor: Dr. S. Narayanan

Ron received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2005. Ron has volunteered at the Shiloh House Adult Day Services to understand different disabilities & work with individuals to help them learn and thrive. Ron’s research is involved with investigating the way that older adults acquire knowledge and skills in the area of human computer interaction.  His hypothesis is that the use of specific games (both computer and non-computer games) can facilitate the learning process for the development of computing skills in senior citizens.


Jeannine Marie Crum


Advisor:  Dr. Javier Alvarez-Leefmans

Jeannine Marie Crum is a student in the Biomedical Science PhD Program.  Jeannine received her M.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience from Wright State University and B.S. in Psychology from The Ohio State University.  She volunteers to assist the Chair of both Ohio Brain Injury Advisory Commission and Ohio Legal Rights Services with special projects. Jeannine’s previous research includes spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury, and she intends to study neurogenic pain and motor disorders following spinal cord injury during her PhD.


Maurissa D'Angelo


Advisor:  Dr. S. Narayanan, Dr. David Reynolds

Maurissa received her B.S. of E. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 2004.  She received her M.S. in Human Factors Engineering from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 2006.  Maurissa is currently working on her dissertation studying the effects of proprioception and virtual reality on rehabilitation.  She volunteers at Untied Rehabilitation Services and the Lifespan Health Research Center where she works to help rehabilitate individuals with disabilities. 



Mel Futrell

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Advisor:  Dr. John Flach

Mel received her first B.A. in Music and English/American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 1993, and a M.A. in Communication Management from the University of Southern California in 1996. She worked for over a decade in the recording and concert industries of St. Louis, San Francisco and Los Angeles, returning to school in 2002.  She went on to earn a 2nd Bachelors in Psychology and 2nd Masters in Human Factors Experimental Psychology at California State University Northridge, working for a year at the Federal Aviation Administration in the Human Factors Research Laboratory of the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, before beginning her doctoral studies in Human Factors Psychology at WSU.  As a pilot and instructor, Mel focuses her research on training and designing for a multicultural aviation population including Deaf and Hard-of-hearing pilots.


Allison Gadd

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Advisor:  Dr. Chandler Phillips

Allison received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University in 2004; she received her Masters in BME in 2007. She is currently working on her Ph.D. and helping to create a powered orthotic device in order to help strengthen the quadricep muscles


Alyssa George

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Advisor : Dr. Tarun Goswami

Alyssa earned a B.S. in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 2008.  She is currently doing research through the Wright State University orthopaedic surgery department at Miami Valley Hospital.  This research studies mechanical failure modes of orthopaedic implants.  Her thesis work will focus on orthopaedic materials in the treatment of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.


Carissa Johnson

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Advisor:  Dr. S. Narayanan

Carissa received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Ohio State University, 1993. She worked as a computer consultant and as a project manager for web and electronic commerce projects. She returned to college to study human computer interaction at Wright State University (WSU).  Last June, she graduated with a M.S in Human Factors Engineering and was accepted into the PhD program at WSU. Carissa volunteers in the special needs and kindergarten classroom at Mills Lawn elementary school in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


Robert Keefer

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Advisor:  Dr. Nikolaos Bourbakis

Rob earned a B.S. in Mathematics & Computer Science from Lawrence Technological University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University.  As a consultant, Rob has worked with start-up companies and Fortune 100 companies to develop software for a wide range of uses - from robots to Web sites. In 2007, Rob returned to Wright State to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. His research is focused on alternative reading devices for the blind.



John Kegley

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Advisor: Dr. Wayne Shebilske

John received his B.S. in Psychology from University of South Florida in 2000.  He received his M.S. fom Western Kentucky University in 2004. He is currently a Ph. D. student in Human Factors Psychology.  He is interested in accessibility/usability issues for complex human-machine systems and specifically investigating how individuals with disabilites use Assistive Technologies to interact with web-enabled software applications. 


James Leonard

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Advisor:  Dr. John Flach

Jim received his B.S. in Psychology in 2006 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is currently working on his M.S. in Human Factors Psychology. The focus of his thesis is brain computer interface devices and their displays and feedback, with regard to an individual with cerebral palsy. Jim is currently conducting case studies with local area adolescents with disabilities and the Cyberlink Brainfingers system. He is also working with Smith Middle School Special Education faculty to help integrate such devices into their classrooms.


Katherine Lippa


Advisor:  Dr. Helen Klein

Katherine received her B.A. in Near Eastern & Judiac Studies & History from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.  She received her M.S. in Human Factors Psychology from Wright State University, 2006.  Her dissertation work focuses on complex cognition associated with managing disabilities and chronic diseases.  Katherine has worked with several diabetes clinics to help optimize their education programs.


Julio Mateo

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Advisor:  Dr. Robert Gilkey

Julio received his B.A. in Psychology from the Universidad Ponticia de Salamanca, Spain, 2003.  He received his M.S. in Human Factors Psychology from Wright State University, 2007.  His dissertation work will focus in navigation aids for the blind.  Julio currently volunteers at Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley – Technology Resource Center & Vision Services.


Holly Slack

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Advisor:  Dr. John Flach

Holly received her B.S. in biological sciences in 2002 from Wright State University.  She will receive her M.S. in biological sciences in 2007.  Her dissertation work will be in the area of Human Factors Psychology & will focus on elementary school students with developmental disabilities.




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