OUR TEAM

Dr. Martha L. Hall

Dr. Martha L. Hall

Director of Innovation

Dr. Hall is the Director of Innovation of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. She is also an Assistant Professor in Health Sciences with affiliations in the Fashion & Apparel Studies Department and the Horn Entrepreneurship program.  Trained as a fashion designer, Dr. Hall has applied her design expertise to improving patient health. Whether it be building soft exoskeletons to enhance the mobility of disabled children or creating comfortable and expressive medical devices, Dr. Hall’s research is driven by one goal: to holistically improve patient health outcomes using a patient-centered approach.  In her free time, which is rare, Dr. Hall enjoys playing with her dogs, being outdoors, and getting to the beach as much as possible.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Staff

Marjan Ashrafi

Marjan Ashrafi

Staff

Jaeah Yoo

Jaeah Yoo

Staff

Bio

I’m a sophomore mechanical engineering student and my position at the Innovation, Health, and Design Lab is Head of 3-D technology. My responsibilities include training lab members on various equipment like our 3-D touch stylus which allows for direct design interfacing with 3-D models including 3-D scans and our 3-D scanners which transforms real world objects into usable data that can be manipulated with the different programs we have in the lab. As well as collaborating with different research projects in the lab to best utilize the technology for their project. While I’m away from the lab some of my hobbies and activities include running a Registered Student Organization at the University of Delaware called People for Puerto Rico, hiking when its nice out, and going to the gym.

LAB TEAM

Samantha Lampert

Samantha Lampert

Graduate Student Researcher

My name is Samantha Lampert and I am a second year graduate student in the Human Nutrition program. I graduated in May of 2019 from UD with my BS in Dietetics. I also teach UD’s one credit cooking class BHAN 130 – Cook it Healthy! Within the next few years I will become a Registered Dietitian and hopefully work in a university or hospital setting. I got involved in the Innovation Health and Design lab through my hobby of sewing and my passion for health change. I am currently working on a project creating a more innovative and efficient compression garment for patients with lymphedema or edema related conditions.

Haobo Zhang

Haobo Zhang

Graduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Haobo Zhang and I am a second-year graduate student, Fashion and Apparel Studies major at UD. I am interested in functional design, wearable technology, and marketing so that I become a member of Dr. Hall’s group. Now, I am working on a project about designing underwear and bras for transgender which is a potential but greatly massive market. I am looking forward to running apparel business in the future.

Lucky Farha

Lucky Farha

Graduate Student Researcher

I am a graduate student in the fashion and apparel studies department. I’m primarily interested in exploring the dressing challenges for individuals with upper limb amputation and designing athleisure wear for them accordingly. In the future, I would like to establish a career in the apparel industry and implement unique design ideas to help people with disabilities. I love to spend my spare time traveling, watching TV, playing with colors and singing.

Sydney Solem

Sydney Solem

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Sydney Rausa

Sydney Rausa

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Sydney Rausa and I am a junior Exercise Science major. I am working on the NICU project. This lab is awesome to work at because you get to help people by expressing your creativity. A fun fact about me is that I am on the women’s lacrosse team here. In the future, I want to go to medical school.

Caitlin Berger

Caitlin Berger

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Caitlin Berger and I am a junior, Exercise Science major. I chose this lab because of its relevance to my interests in health care and its opportunity to be a significant part of changing the quality of someone’s life. I also love the creativity that the lab supports through many amazing projects; the project I am working on is Jeans 2.0. We are currently collecting and analyzing data in order to design new clothing for individuals with Down Syndrome. In the future, I hope to continue my studies to become and Occupational Therapist!
Byron Kasper

Byron Kasper

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Byron Kasper and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student with a biomechanical minor. I wanted to join something at UD that pertains to my major and can give me experience with tasks I would be doing in a job, and I found the Innovation lab through one of my professors. Currently, I am working on designing and eventually 3D printing customs face masks for UD athletes. A fun fact about me is I’m a really good dancer.
Heidi Knutsen

Heidi Knutsen

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a sophomore Mechanical Engineering student. I am working on a wearable device that will help motivate people with intellectual disabilities to exercise. I came to the lab because I really like design and finding creative solutions to problems that will positively impact the community.
Clare Bohn

Clare Bohn

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Clare Bohn and I am currently a junior here at the University of Delaware! I am majoring in Health Behavior Science with a concentration in Health and Disability. My future career goal is to become a pediatric occupational therapist and eventually specializing in neonatal intensive care. I was introduced to this lab by a close friend and have been blown away by all the projects, ideas, and creations taking part right here at UD. I have a passion for helping others and through this lab I am given the opportunity to bring this passion to life in ways I could only dream of. To be a part of innovations that will change the world as we know it is truly amazing. I am currently working on a project creating a more innovative and efficient compression garment for patients with lymphedema or edema related conditions.

 

Ahlad Neti

Ahlad Neti

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Ahlad Neti and I am a senior Biomedical Engineering Major at the University of Delaware. After graduating I plan to work towards a PhD and eventually become a professor so I can teach and conduct research. I am very involved in many activities such as music, tutoring, and research. I am involved in three orchestras, I work for the Office of Academic Enrichment as a tutor, and I have been an undergraduate researcher since 2016. I am currently working on a more comfortable, fashionable, discreet, and versatile ankle-foot-orthosis as a joint project between the Innovation Health & Design Lab and the Virtual Reality & Gait Analysis Lab.

Catherine Hearty

Catherine Hearty

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Catherine Harty and I am a senior Physics major with a concentration in Astrophysics and a minor in Mathematics. I chose this lab because it combines the skills I have learned in my major together with my hobby of sewing and designing. Currently, I am working on two projects; The first project is analyzing data taken from our body scanner that will be used to make custom face masks for UD athletes, and the second project is helping to develop a fitness tracking device for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Kiersten McCormack

Kiersten McCormack

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Kiersten McCormack and I am a Junior Psychology major at the University of Delaware. I chose to work on the Jean Study 2.0 because it is aimed towards producing adaptive jeans that fit the expectations of mentally impaired children and adults. I was so interested in this study because it was unlike anything I have ever seen before and opened my eyes to the many things that we can do as students that will impact the lives of many others forever. 

Elizabeth DeBruin

Elizabeth DeBruin

Undergraduate Student Researcher

As a full-time student at the University of Delaware, I am majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician’s Assistant concentration and a minor in Disability Studies. I have done research for the past 2 years, participating in multiple projects that have a variety of different approaches, with an emphasis on children with both cognitive and physical disabilities. My ultimate career goal is to become a Physician’s Assistant; so right now, all of my short-term goals are actually stepping-stones to help me one day make this dream a reality. 

Jarrett Godfried

Jarrett Godfried

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hello, my name is Jarrett Godfried I am a junior studying Pre-PA at the University of Delaware. I plan on going to medical school after college to pursue my dream. Im working on creating a more suitable ankle/foot/orthosis (AFO) for stroke patients. I’ve also been a part of the Merrick Fire Department for 3 and a half years now back in Long Island where I’m from. 

Michael Massari

Michael Massari

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Gabrielle Zarlenga

Gabrielle Zarlenga

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a junior year undergraduate student in the Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA major here at UD. My project at Health Innovations Lab is designing a wearable for premature neonates in the NICU that stimulates skin to skin contact. With future goals to become a Physician’s Assistant in Obstetrics and Neonatology, this population is of special interest to me!
Deserea Costanzo

Deserea Costanzo

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Desarae Costanzo, I am a junior majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a concentration in Pre-PA. I hope to become a pediatric PA one day. I just recently joined this lab this semester thanks to Gabi! I am now volunteering and helping Gabi with her NICU project where we are working to design a product for baby’s in the NICU who do not receive the special skin-to-skin contact that they need. I love being a part of this team and can’t wait to see where our research goes!
Trinity Brown

Trinity Brown

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Trinity Brown and I am a junior, Fashion Design major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I am a full time student at Stevenson University. I was drawn to this lab because I found an interest in developing adaptable wearables for people with disabilities since it combines my love for both engineering and fashion. I am apart of the Jean Study 2.0 here at the Innovation Health Design Lab where I will be designing and creating adaptable jeans for individuals with Downs Syndrome. In the future, I plan to get my masters in Textiles Engineering and open my own Fashion/Apparel business.

Ezra Lee

Ezra Lee

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Ezra Lee and I am a sophomore in the 3+2 Occupational Therapy program in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University. I was drawn to this lab because I saw the importance of the work we do here and because our lab’s purpose lies closely with my aspirations as a future OT. For fun, I enjoy rock climbing, playing guitar, and eating (the best hobby imo).
Danielle Kempner

Danielle Kempner

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a sophomore Occupational Therapy major in an accelerated graduate program between UD and Thomas Jefferson University. I have always had a passion for improving life quality for those people who need it most, and feel that this lab is providing me the amazing opportunity to do so. Being a part of the lab since its earlier stages, it as been amazing to see how we have grown and the multitude of populations we are now able to help better the lives of. I am working on a project of my own, entitled, “Project Ladybug”, where I am working on creating a wearable alerting device for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia that will improve independence, prevent accidents, and relieve caregiver burden. I have a whole list of inventions I hope to bring to light, but it is because of this lab that I finally have the opportunity to do so. In addition to being a research assistant in the lab, I am a chemistry tutor, a member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta here on campus, a VP of finances for my dorm, and a participant in the First Step competition.
Miranda Kelly

Miranda Kelly

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Miranda Kelly and I am a junior Medical Diagnostics major with a Pre-Physician Assistant concentration. The thing that made me want to get involved with the Innovation Lab is that students can get the opportunity to bring their ideas of how to improve the lives of others to life. At the moment, the project that I am working on is centered around individuals with dwarfism and creating wearables along with typical clothing in order to best meet their needs. My future career goal is to become a Physician Assistant with a specialty in Pediatrics and I believe that the Innovation Lab is a beneficial part of what is helping me move toward that end goal.
Carissa Confeiteiro

Carissa Confeiteiro

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Carissa Confeiteiro and I am a junior here at UD! I’m a Medical Diagnostics major on the Pre-Physician’s Assistant track and am planning on attending PA school following graduation. I am a member of a team at the Health, Innovation, Design Lab that is designing a “smart” compression garment for patients with edema that is both practical and efficient in providing the correct amount of pressure for treatment.
Briana DeMarco

Briana DeMarco

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Vicki Silverman

Vicki Silverman

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Vicki Silverman and I am a sophomore majoring in Apparel Design and minoring in French. What drew me to the innovation lab was my interest in functional apparel and textile science; I wished to have the opportunity to further research these topics and apply that knowledge to create various solutions to problems that many people face in their daily life. When I first began volunteering at the lab in the fall semester of my sophomore year, I was working on researching postural control garments for children with Cerebral Palsy and ways to make their lives, and those of their caregivers, more comfortable and less stressful. I am currently moving between a few different projects as that project was put on hold, though I am excited to be gaining knowledge on a variety of other topics on which the lab focuses. A future goal of mine is to attend graduate school where I may gain more of the knowledge and skills required to do further research on functional apparel and have the ability to truly apply them to my work.
Nathan Hopkins

Nathan Hopkins

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Alexa

Alexa

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Sara

Sara

Undergraduate Student Researcher