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.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Staff

Bio

Jessica joined the Innovation Lab in November 2019 and assists the Director in all research initiatives, especially with coordinating and implementing the First Step program. Prior to coming to UD Jessica worked at The Columbus Organization and the State of Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) as a Case Worker for 3 years where she was an Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities and their families. Before DDDS, Jessica was self-employed and owned and operated Cherry Lane Family Day Care for 8 years. She also worked in a variety of positions, including Operational Risk Management, for a local bank for 12 years. Jessica loves to travel and can be found with her Jeep parked at the beach most summer weekends, hanging out with friends and family.

Marjan Ashrafi

Marjan Ashrafi

Staff

Bio

My name is Marjan and I have a Bachelor’s in Fashion Design from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from my home in Iran. I came from diverse culture and the Innovation Lab helps me view the world from a different angle by combining my fashion background with my passion for enhancing the lives of others. I established my own line of dress called Coral back in Iran since the summer of 2017. I have two children and my hobbies include exercising and browsing the web to update myself on the latest fashion news and trends.

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 transform 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 it’s 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 the 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.

Tanisa Anderson

Tanisa Anderson

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Tanisa Arrington and I am a Sophomore in the Psychology major. My long term goal is to become a child psychologist and work at a hospital or have my own practice. My job for the lab is to create flyers for our research studies and to reach out to potential participants about the studies. During my free time, I enjoy watching hanging out with friends and catching up on my favorite tv shows. My new favorite show is New Amsterdam.

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 an Occupational Therapist

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.

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.

Desarae Costanzo

Desarae Costanzo

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Desarae Costanzo, I am a senior majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a concentration in Pre-Physician Assistant. I hope to become a pediatric PA in the near future. I am currently volunteering and working on the NICU project, where we are aiming to design a wearable for neonates in the NICU who do not receive the special skin-to-skin contact that they need. I was brought into this lab by Gabi because I was so interested in her topic of research and wanted to help make a change in the neonate population. I love being a part of this team and can’t wait to see our end result!

William Calloway

William Calloway

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is William Calloway. I am a Junior at the University of Delaware in the 3+2 Occupational Therapy program in coordination with Jefferson. This is my first semester in the Design Lab, and I am currently working on the Vincera Project. The goal of this project is to better understand the core and design 3 separate garments to help in the healing process of core injuries. The objective of this semester is to design a garment that will help athletes maintain as much function as possible before they have the proper core surgery.

Carissa Confeiteiro

Carissa Confeiteiro

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Carissa Confeiteiro and I am a senior here at the University of Delaware! I’m a student in the College of Health Sciences, majoring in Medical Diagnostics on the Pre-Physician’s Assistant track. My goal is to attend PA school following graduation and ultimately work in cardiology. I started became involved in the Health, Innovation, Design lab my junior year and am a member of a team that is working on designing a compression garment for lymphedema patients that is more efficient, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing for the patients

Juliana Clark

Juliana Clark

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hello, my name is Juliana Clark and I am a freshman Undeclared major at UD. I am considering a career in either the Business or Medical field, so this lab is giving me exposure to both fields as I am currently working on updating the website for the Innovation Health & Design Lab. With a passion for helping others, I am also involved in UDance—a year-long effort dedicated to raising awareness for the fight against childhood cancer—where I am an Engagement Coordinator for my residence hall. In my free time, I enjoy singing, exercising, going to the beach, and concerts.

Karimata Drame

Karimata Drame

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Karimata Drame, I am a freshman here at the University of Delaware. I am a Biology- Pre-med major. I want to go to medical school (I do not know where yet), I want to become an oncologist or a cardiologist. I am not too sure yet. I work at the Innovation Lab doing a Literature review for Dr. Hall.

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-Physicians 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. In addition, I have a demonstrated history of working in the emergency response field as an Emergency Medical Technician and First Responder, certified on the national and DE state level. 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. My personal, educational, and occupational experiences have made me confident in myself and my abilities, fueled my interest in research projects whilst discovering methods of my own, and continue to inspire me to seek out the opportunity to help people in any and all ways that I can.

Briana DeMarco

Briana DeMarco

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Brianna DeMarco and I am a Junior in the Medical Laboratory Sciences major and I am currently a part of the Medical Sciences 4+1 Graduate Program. I have been working at the Innovation, Health, & Design Lab since my sophomore year. What originally drew me to the lab was the “out of the box” environment it possessed. I am currently working on two different projects at the lab, the first is designing a new type of compression garment for patients who have been diagnosed with Lymphedema. Our hope is to create something that fits the physical, practical, and aesthetic needs of the patients. The second project is designing a garment suitable for high profile athletes who undergo a specific kind of core surgery. We plan to create a product that will help with the recovery and rehabilitation of the individual, as well as prevent further injury. I’m so excited to see both of these projects grow and allow our lab to help all different kinds of people.

Kyle Ernst

Kyle Ernst

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, I’m Kyle Ernst and I am a junior at the University of Delaware. I am majoring in Computer Engineering with minors in Aerospace Studies, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity. I am a cadet at the University of Delaware’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 128. I aspire to be a Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot for the Air Force when I commission. I am from Millsboro Delaware, and I love fishing and hiking. As a member of AFROTC, I have a lot of opportunities to develop my leadership skills. For example, during the summer of 2019, I went to Field Training at Maxwell AFB Alabama. Field Training is similar to basic training, but with an emphasis on developing leadership skills. During my time there, I learned a lot when it comes to being a leader, and enjoy the opportunity to employ these skills as a member of the Innovation Health Design Lab.

Theodore Fessaras

Theodore Fessaras

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Jarrett Godfried

Jarrett Godfried

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Jarrett Godfried, I am a Senior majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician assistant concentration. My goal after graduating in May is to take a gap year and apply to medical school and become a physician. I am currently assigned to “The Motivate to Move (M2) Band” project which we are working on developing a user-friendly garment for the promotion and tracking of physical activity in individuals with intellectual disabilities. I have been a part of this lab for about two years now and this is my second project. I am very excited to see the final outcome of our band and to help out those with disabilities.

Catherine Harty

Catherine Harty

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 clothing. I have been working at the Innovation Health & Design Lab since June 2019. My current project is called HensWear which focuses on designing, developing, and testing protective face masks for the UD men’s and women’s basketball teams. This project involves using the 3D body scanner located in our lab to record all the individual measurements for each of the basketball players, so their custom face masks are able to be made.

Nathan Hopkins

Nathan Hopkins

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Amy Klose

Amy Klose

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Amy Klose, and I’m a sophomore, Early Childhood Education major. I am the CHS Lab Admin Apprentice and I will be assisting with planning and coordinating First Step events this semester! I chose the College of Health and Sciences Lab because my passion is helping people in any way possible and I look forward to meeting other people with the same interests. After I graduate, my goal is to become a school teacher. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, exploring nature, going to the beach, and spending time with my family.

Cindy Iheanacho

Cindy Iheanacho

Danielle Kempner

Danielle Kempner

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a junior 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, “CueMinderTM ,” 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 help run the lab’s social media, I’m a lead tutor for the integrated chemistry and biology program, a technology transfer intern for OEIP, a STAR campus ambassador, and am on both the CHS and MakerGym student advisory boards.

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.

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 on 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.

Heidi Knutsen

Heidi Knutsen

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a junior Mechanical Engineering student minoring in Integrated Design. I was introduced to the lab through a friend and found it to be a great fit because I really enjoy developing designs and finding creative solutions to problems that will positively impact the community. I am currently working on a wearable device that will help motivate people with intellectual disabilities to exercise, specializing in sewable circuits and electronic sensors.

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).

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.

Alexa McGhee

Alexa McGhee

Junior Undergraduate Student Assistant

Hi, I’m Alexa McGhee and I am a Junior Honors Student Majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a focus in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies as well as minoring in Medical Humanities. My ultimate goal is to become a Physician Assistant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit so that I am able to help and care for sick babies, similar to how I was when I was born. During my off time, I work for a quadriplegic woman who suffers from severe Multiple Sclerosis. Working with her for the last year she showed me how much I enjoy caring and helping other people in need of my assistance. I wanted to do more with that, and just recently found my way at STAR Campus, working in the Innovation and Health Science Lab. The study that I am working on focuses on the men and women who are diagnosed with lymphedema. My team and I are planning on making more efficient and comfortable compression garments for these patients. I am very excited to see how this project strengthens and grows throughout the semester.

Thomas Mascitelli

Thomas Mascitelli

Joshua Miles

Joshua Miles

Michael Massari

Michael Massari

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Mechanical Engineering. Wanted hands-on experience while simultaneously helping others.
Assigned Project: Orthopedic Boot

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 Ph.D. 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.

Sydney Rausa

Sydney Rausa

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi! My name is Sydney Rausa and I am a senior exercise science major. I am also on the women’s lacrosse team here. After college, I am applying to medical school with aspirations to become a Pediatrician or OB-GYN. I love being a part of the Design Innovation Lab because it allows me and my colleagues to express our creativity while solving current problems in healthcare. I am currently working on the NICU project which is designing a wearable device that can be used in populations that are not to have skin to skin contact with Mom in their first few days of life. I joined this team last year and it has been nothing but a positive experience.

Andy Riegner

Andy Riegner

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Andy Riegner and I am a senior at UD. My major is Computer Science, with minors in Computer Engineering and Philosophy. I became interested in the lab when I heard about the opportunity to do interdisciplinary work to design and develop innovative technological solutions. The idea of using my existing knowledge and skillset in a practical application as well as learning new skills appealed to me, so I joined the lab as a volunteer during the Fall semester of 2019. After graduating from UD I intend to move on to graduate school to continue studying Computer Science.

Sara Read

Sara Read

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Sara Read and I am a junior majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre- Physician Assistant concentration and minoring in Disabilities Studies. My goal after graduation is to go to PA School and work in an emergency department as a trauma PA. This is my first year working in the Innovation Health Design Lab and I could not be more excited! My current project is called the Motivate to Move (M2) Band. This project focuses on creating a wearable that helps to motivate and track physical activity for individuals with intellectual disabilities. I am so excited to be working on something that will help improve people’s daily lives!

Samantha Skubik

Samantha Skubik

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Samantha Skubik and I am a junior majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre- Physician Assistant concentration. My long-term plan after graduation is to go to PA School and work as an orthopedic surgical PA. This is my first year working in the Innovation Health Design Lab and I could not be more excited! I love everything that this lab encompasses and the ability to put your thoughts and ideas into action! My current project I am working on is called the Vincera Project. We are designing a compression garment customized for high profile athletes who have specific core injuries in order to get them back playing their sport as soon as possible. Our plan is to create a product that will help with the recovery and rehabilitation of the individual, as well as prevent another injury in the future. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work on this project as this is a topic I have a passion for and want to pursue a career in this field!

Vicki Silverman

Vicki Silverman

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Vicki Silverman and I am a junior majoring in Apparel Design. 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 and 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.

Sydney Solem

Sydney Solem

Senior Research Assistant

Hi, I’m Sydney Solem and I am a senior at the University of Delaware. I am majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a focus on becoming a Physician Assistant. During my off time, I work as an EMT for Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company. I am from Boston, MA, I love to travel (especially with my family), and I love exercising. I have been working at the Innovation Health Design Lab since its opening, in 2018. During my junior year, I participated in an anthropometric study on dwarfism. The goal of this study was to identify the challenges related to individuals with dwarfism, related to clothing and wearables (including medical devices and assistive technology). For my senior year, I will be working with several different populations to create a database for sizing standards. This will include the use of the 3D body scanner, located within our lab. I cannot wait to see how these studies progress throughout the course of this school year!

Djordje Vukojevic

Djordje Vukojevic

Gabrielle Zarlenga

Gabrielle Zarlenga

Senior Research Assistant

My name is Gabriella Zarlenga. I am a senior in the Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA program at the University of Delaware. I have been working at this lab for a year, during which I developed my own project on Skin to Skin contact in the Neonatal ICU. At present, we are working on designing an adaptive device that simulates skin to skin contact for premature neonates restricted to midline positioning in their incubator. This is a patient population I am passionate about and am very excited to provide them with an instrumental aspect neonatal care they wouldn’t otherwise receive. This semester will consist of prototyping and testing to create a functional product that will be viable in a patient care setting.