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Graduate Students

Ben Jelen

Ben Jelen

Graduate Student

 

Ben is a PhD student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. He is working with Dr. Katie Siek to support older adults in creating with maker electronics using Craftec, an electronic toolkit that abstracts technical knowledge to promote novices as makers. His work has focused especially on working with crafters, such as quilters, who are already engaged in creating. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Ohio State University and worked at Epic Systems before joining the ProHealth lab.

 

Website: http://wphomes.soic.indiana.edu/bcjelen/
Email: bcjelen@indiana.edu
Juan Fernando Maestre

Juan Fernando Maestre

Graduate Student

 

Juan Fernando Maestre is a PhD student in Informatics from Indiana University with a background in computer science and design. His research revolves around the impact and design of technology for stigmatized individuals. Ultimately, he strives for a successful integration of HCI methods in interdisciplinary projects in order to create technology-based interventions that aid marginalized and vulnerable populations.

 

Website: http://www.juanfernandomaestre.com/
Email: jmaestre@indiana.edu
Aehong Min

Aehong Min

Graduate Student

 

Aehong is a Ph.D. student in Informatics (Track: Proactive Health Informatics) at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington, USA. She is a member of Societal Computing Lab (SoCo Lab) and Proactive Health Lab (ProHealth Lab) and advised by Professor Patrick C. Shih.

 

She is studying how information technologies could support health and well-being. She has conducted research on caregivers, and alcohol consumption among college students. Her current research is focusing on caregivers’ trust and communication.

 

Website: https://aehongmin.com/
Email: aemin@iu.edu
Cassie Kresnye

Cassie Kresnye

Graduate Student

 

Cassie is a PhD student. She is an experienced computer scientist turned health informatics, with a focus on lifestyle data. From focus groups and interviews to surveys and online studies, She has abroad range of experiences in user research. As a programmer at heart, she still enjoys being an Arduino hobbyist and continue to make interactive toys for my dog.

 

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassiekresnye/
Email: ckresnye@iu.edu
Alexander L. Hayes

Alexander L. Hayes

Graduate Student

 

Alexander L. Hayes is a Health Informatics Ph.D. Student working with Professor Kay Connelly on the Precision Health Initiative. His interests are in statistical relational artificial intelligence (STARAI), systems, open source development—and their applications toward solving real-world Health Informatics problems. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Indiana University, and continues to collaborate with Professor Sriraam Natarajan and his colleagues from the StARLinG Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. Alexander drinks an average of six cups of coffee per day and spends his free time hacking on his open source projects.

 

Novia Nurain

Novia Nurain

Graduate Student

 

Novia is a Ph.D. student in Health Informatics at Indiana University and currently working with Prof. Kay Connelly. Her research primarily focuses on understanding rural older adults’ communication preferences and experiences related to different types of communication medium. She has received her B. Sc. (Engg.) degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

   
Email: nnurain@iu.edu
Arash Zakerefahani

Arash Zakerefahani

Graduate Student

 

Arash is a Health Informatics Ph.D. student at Indiana University Bloomington with a background in Exercise Science. His growing passion of physical activity promotion and academic research has led him to join a diverse team of interdisciplinary scholars who study the design, development, and evaluation of pervasive healthcare technologies at the Proactive Health (ProHealth) group in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. His research interest evolves around novice technological interventions to enhance and support individuals wellbeing while empowering them to take advantage of their health data. He works closely with his advisor, Dr. James Clawson to study home-birth pregnancy as health journeys. Additionally, we are working on developing a safe lab culture for young scholars and passionate undergraduate students to explore academic research while advancing their education. His professional goal is to become a Mobile Health (mHealth) technology expert and to advance in studying the implementation of mHealth technologies from a social perspective.

 

   
Email: azakeres@iu.edu
Pallabi Bhowmick

Pallabi Bhowmick

Graduate Student

Pallabi is a Ph.D. student in Informatics working with Prof. Katie A. Siek. Her research interest is focused on developing toolkits to support older adults in living more independently with the help of technology. She is particularly interested in empowering older adults into building better social connectivity within communities with the support of technology. She pursued her Master’s Degree from Technical University of Munich, Germany and worked in Wipro and Intel before joining Indiana University.

   
Email: pbhowmic@iu.edu
Yuxing Wu

Yuxing Wu

Graduate Student

 

Yuxing is a Ph.D. student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. Her research focuses on family informatics and child-computer interaction. She is particularly interested in understanding and designing technology to help with the health, social and educational goals of families and children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Informatics from University of Washington, where she worked with the DUB group on projects involves parenting with emerging technologies and empowering the hospital experience for parents and kids.

 

Website: yuxingwu.com
Email: ywu4@iu.edu
Clara Caldeira

Clara Caldeira

Graduate Student

 

I am a Computing Innovation Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. My research in Human-Computer Interaction involves topics such as aging in place technology, chronic condition management, cultural and psychosocial aspects of users’ experiences with technology, and human-data interaction. I earned my PhD and Master’s Degrees in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine, where I worked with professor Yunan Chen at the Health and Information lab. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Brasilia, Brazil..

 

   
Website: blogs.iu.edu/claracaldeira/  
Email: cmarque@iu.edu  
Zaidat Ibrahim

Zaidat Ibrahim

Graduate Student

 

Zaidat is a first-year Informatics Ph.D. student at Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. She gained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley. She has prior experiences in User Experience research at Genentech Inc. and clinical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a strong believer in the potential of that data, information, knowledge, technology, and intelligence on transforming healthcare delivery, disease intervention, and enabling personalized care.

Likes: Reading, Writing, Reflecting.

 

   
Website: https://ibrahimzaidat.com/  
Email: zaibrahi@iu.edu  
Seung Wan Ha

Seung Wan Ha

Graduate Student

 

Seung Wan is a first year Ph.D. student in Health Informatics at Indiana University, working with Dr. Christina Chung. His research focuses on Personal Informatics and Human-Computer Interaction. He is particularly interested in compiling contextual data and intervention technology during disrupted events. He earned her Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Chung-Ang University and Master’s degree in Art and Technology from Sogang University where he affiliated with Dr. Jusub Kim in Creative Computing group.

 

   
Website: haseungwan.com  
Email: swha@iu.edu  
Phoebe Martinez

Phoebe Martinez

Graduate Student

Phoebe Martinez is a first-year PhD student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. She is currently working with Professor James Clawson in the Healthcare Journey Lab researching women’s pregnancy. She is particularly interested in the intersection between technology and how it can be used to help with different health and social aspects. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Psychology from DePauw University and looks forward to her new adventures at IU.

Aswati Panicker

Aswati Panicker

Graduate Student

 

Aswati is a first year PhD student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. Her interest lies in using human centered methods to inform the design of technologies which complement wellness and healthy behavior for the long term. She is especially interested in how social interactions and conversations surrounding food can be leveraged to support healthy eating habits. At present, she is working with Dr. Christina Chung in researching the communication of eating habits amongst remote intergenerational families. Prior to starting her PhD, she completed her Masters in Human Computer Interaction & Design from Indiana University.

 

   
Website: https://aswatipanicker.com/  
Email: apanicke@iu.edu  
Ariel Wang

Ariel Wang

Graduate Student

Ariel is a first year Ph.D. student in Health Informatics at Indiana University. Her research interest in Human-Computer Interaction is using human-centered approaches to study health-related behavior and experience.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Technology and her Master’s degree in Design, where she gained experience in IoT product design and mobile application development.

Long-Jing (Claire) Hsu

Long-Jing (Claire) Hsu

Graduate Student

Claire is a first-year PhD student in Informatics at Indiana University. She is currently working with Dr. Selma Sabanovic and Dr. Christina Chung on robotics. She is interested in designing and redefining how technology humans interact with robots. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in National Taiwan University, where she worked with Dr. Hsiu-Ping Yueh.
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John Osorio Torres

John Osorio Torres

Graduate Student

John is a first year Ph.D. student in Informatics, with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d). He earned two master’s in Industrial Design (MID) and Human-Computer Interaction (M.S. in HCI) at Iowa State University. His research interests are music technology and designing accessible technologies for people with neurodegenerative diseases.

   
Website: https://johno-design.com/  
Email: joosorio@iu.edu  
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