I have my bachelor's degree from Clemson University, where I majored in Industrial Engineering. My research career started at the beginning of my junior year when I was hired as an undergraduate research assistant for the Human-Systems Integration Lab, working under Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil. Throughout my two years working in the lab, I was able to work on a variety of projects and diversify my research experiences. For this reason, I was able to narrow down my research interests and apply to PhD programs which would facilitate my interests. I chose to pursue my doctorate degree at The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park's in the College of Information Studies with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). By choosing UMD, I am now able to study exactly what I want to study; how to make technology more accessible for people with cognitive disabilities. My advisor is Dr. Amanda Lazar, who has worked for the last eight years to develop design requirements for accessible technologies for people with dementia. My work is now a combination of both Human Factors Engineering and Human Computer Interaction. I get to pursue my passion and truly live out my dream of making a positive impact on the world. After finishing my PhD, I plan to continue working to advance the lives of people with cognitive disabilities through the design of accessible technologies. 

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