OUR TEAM

Dr. Martha 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.

Jake Schichko

Jake Schichko

Staff

Bio

I am a senior Computer Science Major concentrating in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. I also have minors in cyber security and Computer/Electrical Engineering. I was brought onto the lab team by Jaeah and shared most of my responsibilities with him including 3d printing assistants, freeform training as well as other technical needs. I am currently helping out with the Wave Project, Cue Minder and the M2 Band. Although my main field is coding and setting up electronics like arduinos I am always around to bounce ideas off of or help with brainstorming for a project.

Rebecca Moy

Rebecca Moy

Staff

Bio

Hi, my name is Rebecca Moy and I am the assistant seamstress and pattern maker working with Marjan in the Innovation Lab. I recently graduated from UD in June 2019 and have a Bachelors’s in Apparel Design with a minor in Fashion History and Culture. I have a passion for theatre costuming and have worked on multiple shows as an intern, co-costumer, and head costume designer. During my senior year at UD I created a collection of four complete fashion looks, which focused on plus size clothing for women and overall inclusivity in the fashion world. Being able to join the Innovation team has allowed me to not only further my sewing skills but also step outside of just plus size clothing and expand into even more areas to enhance the lives of many. Outside of work you can usually find me at the mall shopping or at the movie theatre catching up on the new blockbuster.

Sydney Solem

Sydney Solem

Staff

Bio

My name is Sydney Solem. I am a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Medical Diagnostics with a focus on becoming a Physician Assistant. I was born and raised in Boston, MA. 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). The study that I am currently running involves collecting the dimensions of children ages 0-5 to better aid clothing standards for the fashion industry worldwide! My role as the Senior Research Assistant and project coordinator consists of appropriately scanning these children via protocols that I developed last semester. This will include the use of the 3D body scanner, located within our lab. I will be collaborating with various hospitals in the state of Delaware to gain participants and will ultimately provide the data to Human Solutions Inc. I cannot wait to see how the lab progresses throughout the course of this school year! 

LAB TEAM

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.

Gabriella Zarlenga

Gabriella Zarlenga

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Michael Massari

Michael Massari

Undergraduate Student Researcher

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

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

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!

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Thomas Mascitelli

Thomas Mascitelli

I am a graduate student studying for an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Delaware. I was part of the University of Delaware’s class of 2018 and graduated with a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering with an aerospace concentration. Currently, I work as an ATS graduate assistant at the Faculty commons. I’ve worked with ATS for roughly four years as a technician/3D print technician. I enjoy 3D printing and 3D modeling in my spare time and I am skilled in CAM and various CAD programs. At the moment, I am working on a myo-electric prosthesis and various projects of the like.

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.

Antoinette Portnoy

Antoinette Portnoy

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi my name is Antoinette Portnoy and I am a sophomore undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Medical Sciences with a minor in biological sciences. Originally from New York City, I plan on attending medical school after college. In the lab, I have been working on the NICU project where our goal is to stimulate the skin to skin contact for premature neonates. I am excited to be working with such a great team on this project. 

Sarah Garçon

Sarah Garçon

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Sarah Garçon and I am a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student with a focus on Biomechanics. I decided to join the Innovation Health & Design lab because I want to be able to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. I am currently working on the FashionPlus Health Boot to help people with Achilles tendon rupture. 

Alhaji Saccoh

Alhaji Saccoh

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Alhaji Saccoh and I am a senior Health Behavior Science major, with a minor in Health, Physical Activity, and Disabilities. I began working in the lab winter 2020 as I wanted to gain experience in a field that I am interested in and I also wanted to be able to help others with the problems they encounter due to different health conditions. The project that I am working on is the wearable exoskeleton meant to assist individuals  afected by MD complete everyday tasks. My long-term goals after graduation is to attend PA school so I can continue to help people. 

Nate Robison

Nate Robison

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a junior Fine Arts major with a Disability Studies minor. I am passionate about the opportunity for art and design to be used as a tool to help people living with disabilities have more autonomy, so when I learned about the Innovation Lab, I knew I had to get involved! Our current project is designing specialized shoes, and it is a very rewarding experience to be able to do something so hands-on, and that requires so much learning. I also am working with a team through the First Step program and Nemours to develop and produce prosthetic covers for children with lower limb prosthetics, which would allow them much more personal control over what their prosthetics look like. In the future, I really hope to be able to go to grad school and do more research and build a career that allows me to work with many different kinds of people, doing what I care about.

Tori Glover

Tori Glover

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hello! My name is Tori-Lynn Glover and I am a Freshman Student Majoring in Medical Diagnostics focusing on Pre-Med. My ultimate goal is to attend Medical School and become a Dermatologist also owning a private practice. I want to give my patients the confidence to live their best life in a natural and healthy way. During my free time, I am involved in First Step; a program that gives undergraduate students the opportunity to create a healthier world. In this program my partner and I are focusing on the Sunscreen Gap and plan to inform people on the benefits of wearing sunscreen. I am also involved in Student Government as a Student Senator where I plan to get air conditioning installed in all dorms on campus. With being a part of these two amazing programs I realized I wanted to do more. I was informed about the Innovation and Health Science Lab at STAR Campus and knew that this was a program I wanted to join. The study that I am working on is designing a user-friendly compression garment for individuals suffering from Lymphedema. I am looking forward to our collaboration this semester!

Mandy Zicherman

Mandy Zicherman

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hi, my name is Amanda Zicherman. I am a freshman at the University of Delaware, majoring in Entrepreneurship. I am also a part of the Access:Ability Scholars program. I became interested in working in the Innovation Health & Design Lab after hearing about the many projects that the Lab’s research teams are working on to improve the lives of people with disabilities. I am currently a member of the Jeans 2.0 project team, which is working to design jeans for children with Down Syndrome

Hannah Bockius

Hannah Bockius

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Hannah Bockius and I am a first-year Biomedical Engineering major with minors in History and Spanish. This is my first semester in the lab and I joined because I am interested in products that combine accessibility and fashion.  I am currently working on the FEMA project and focus on qualitative data collection and analysis of biosensor prototypes. In the long run, I’m interested in developing sustainable medical devices and eventually attending grad school.

Lauren Freebery

Lauren Freebery

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Lauren Freebery and I am a sophomore Health Behavior Science major with a minor in Biology.  I was born and raised in Newark, Delaware. I am currently working on the Jeans 2.0 project, where we are collecting and analyzing data in order to design new, adaptive clothing for children with Down Syndrome.  This is my first semester on this project and I could not be more excited to see all that we can accomplish during the rest of my undergraduate years here! I plan on continuing my future studies in graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

Karissa Kowlessar

Karissa Kowlessar

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am Karissa Kowlessar, a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Biomechanics at the University of Delaware. I have interests in prosthetics and orthotics and generally desire to help improve the quality of life for people. My goal is to develop customised ways to help individuals in their rehabilitation process- whether it may be recovering from a sports injury, overcoming challenges from disabilities or trying to live a more comfortable life for the elderly. I would love to help people overcome their physical limitations so that they can achieve whatever they are willing to. I joined the Innovation Health & Design Lab in hopes of attaining hands-on experience and exposure to solving problems in the real world. I am a gymnast in UD’s Club Gymnastics and I am from Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean.

Kirsten Willoughby

Kirsten Willoughby

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Hello! My name is Kirsten WIlloughby, I am currently a Freshman majoring in Medical Diagnostics hoping to transition into the Physician Assistant concentration in the near future. My long term goal is to be a Physician Assistant specialized in Cardiothoracic surgery. I love hands-on work that involves learning because I love truly understanding the way things work. I also enjoy maintaining a healthy lifestyle and actively going to the gym. In the Innovation Lab, I am a part of the Vincera project where we are researching and putting together a garment to aid in pre and post-surgery comfort and support for the abdominal pelvic regions of the body. This garment is intended to be used for sports-related injuries or post-surgery stability. 

Michael Cirrone

Michael Cirrone

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Michael Cirrone and I’m a senior biology major.  My ultimate goal is to own a company which makes a tremendous impact on the fight with cancer.  The Innovation Health Design Lab sparked a really big interest of mine because of the combination of innovating and helping change the lives of others in healthcare; this is my career goal.  My team is tasked with fixing the problem of pressure sores in adolescents due to being bedridden or in a wheelchair for a lengthy period of time. We’re hoping to develop pressure sensors in clothing which can help the caretaker become aware when a patient is at risk for developing a pressure ulcer.  As a group we’re really excited to see how big of an impact we can have on a serious problem which has been around for a really long time.  

Kasey Lehner

Kasey Lehner

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Kasey Lehner. I am currently a junior majoring in Health Behavior Science with a minor in Disabilities Studies. I plan to become an occupational therapist. I am currently a part of the Wave Project, working to design wearables for patients with special needs. I have worked with the population that has neurological illnesses in the past and I am looking forward to using this perspective to help with the project. I am excited to work with the rest of the team as we work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Kyle Cardno

Kyle Cardno

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a Mechanical Engineering student in the 4+1 Program. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in 2019 and am currently working on finishing up my Master’s Degree. While at the Innovation Health and Design Lab, I have worked on the initial prototype for the CueMinder project, a wearable device to remind Alzheimer’s patients of Activities for Daily Living. Lately though I have been working on a lightweight exoskeleton attachment to allow soldiers to safely drop from large heights. I am also an experienced archer, and have helped dramatically improve the Archery Club on campus.

Becca Davis

Becca Davis

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Becca Davis and I am a Mechanical Engineering PhD student. I joined the Innovation Health and Design lab to improve performance for athletes and individuals with disabilities. Currently, I am designing an exoskeleton that can induce safer impact conditions for soldiers jumping from large heights.

Nate George

Nate George

Undergraduate Student Researcher

I am a freshman honors Neuroscience major with minors in Biological Sciences and Exercise Science. Working at this lab has been one of the most enlightening and fun experiences I have ever had, as I have been able to watch our seedling idea grow into a functional prototype in the span of just a few months. Our team’s project is the walking boot project, which seeks to redesign current walking boots to not only be less heavy, but also more customizable, fashionable, and waterproof. As an avid runner, being on this project has been a blessing, as I can truly see our product directly aiding recovering athletes across the world. For this project, we use handheld 3D scanners to individually scan each patient’s lower leg and create a custom orthotic mold using modeling software and 3D printers.

Lilly Checkoff

Lilly Checkoff

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Lilly Checkoff and I am a sophomore Entrepreneurship major with a minor in Nutrition and a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Health. I am interested in potentially working on product development in the health industry. This is my first year volunteering in the Innovation Health Design Lab and I am thrilled! I am joining the team that is prototyping compression garments for patients with lymphedema. Our goal is to make these garments more comfortable and customizable for patients. 

Emily Van Der Moore

Emily Van Der Moore

Undergraduate Student Researcher

 

My name is Emily Van der Mooren, I have just recently joined the health innovation lab and I am super excited to be apart of it. I am a freshman at the University of Delaware and I am a health behavior sciences major, and I am adding an entrepreneurship minor. I am also apart of the horn entrepreneurship- Delaware innovations program here on campus which has taught me to be creative with new ideas and make an impact, so I hope I can bring it what I have learned into the lab. I plan to go into health management, I really enjoy the learning about the business side of healthcare and want to help improve healthcare for society in any way that I can. I am apart of the jeans study group, and I am excited to contribute to finding/ making a perfect pair of jeans for those with disabilities. I expect my passion for helping others will become even stronger during my time at the lab here on the STAR campus.

Nicole Tener

Nicole Tener

Undergraduate Student Researcher

My name is Nicole Tener and I am a junior Exercise Science major with a minor in Public Health. After I graduate from UD, I am planning to go to graduate school for occupational therapy. I just joined the Innovation Health & Design Lab and am really excited to be working on a brand new project. Our goal is to come up with a more efficient way to monitor pressure sores in hospitals, specifically in regard to children.The role of an occupational therapist is to help people complete their daily tasks. Pressure sores are a major health problem that can interfere with a person’s daily routine, so I am looking forward to figuring out a way to combat the effects of pressure sores through improved detection and monitoring. 

Amy Klose

Amy Klose

Work Study 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.

Juliana Clark

Juliana Clark

Work Study 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.

Tanisa Arrington

Tanisa Arrington

Work Study 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.

Modesty Tyler

Modesty Tyler

Work Study Student Researcher

I’m a current freshman Health Behavior Science Major here with aspirations to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. I enjoy working in the lab with Dr.Martha and I’m glad to have the opportunity to work with her because it’s the right step into my field and career choice, plus she’s amazing. My current project I’m working on is the Sore Saver where Dr. Martha is working with Nemours Children Hospital to create a device to better help with pressure sores.

Karima Drame

Karima Drame

Work Study 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.

Trinity Brown

Trinity Brown

Work Study 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.