I am currently a fourth year PhD student at Georgia Tech in Engineering Psychology in the Sonification Laboratory with Dr. Bruce Walker as my advisor. This year I am also serving as president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter at Georgia Tech (hfes.gatech.edu). I completed my Master's degree with Dr. Wendy Rogers as my advisor in the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory.
Prior to my time at Georgia Tech, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Assistive Robotics and Technology Laboratory at the University of South Carolina while I completed my second degree, a B.A. in Experimental Psychology.
My first degree was a B.S. in Hospitality management along with which I obtained a certificate from the Culinary Institute at USC. However, after working as a line cook during college at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and promotion to Sous Chef shortly after, I realized that I needed a career that was more intellectually challenging. Much research and my interests led me to discover my current pursuit in human-robot interaction and the field of Engineering Psychology.
Beyond my personal career pursuits, I have several hobbies that include a love for animals which led me to volunteer at a pet shelter, capoeira, mycology and the art of mushroom identification, and Salsa dancing.