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Research and Student Assistants

Research and Student Assistants

A variety of graduate research assistants and undergraduate student assistants work with the SimTigrate Design Lab's core faculty and staff on numerous projects and strategies.

Zorana Matic

Zorana Matić

Graduate Research Assistant

zorana.matic@gatech.edu

Zorana Matić is a graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design Lab and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Architecture with a concentration in urban design. Her research focuses on links between the built environment and health, and how design affects behavioral choices and health outcomes. Her ongoing research includes looking closely at the evidence-based approach to urban design and environmental gentrification. For a couple of years she has been part of SimTigrate Design Lab, where she is deeply engaged in the healthcare field through several research projects, including Patient-Centered Medical Home analysis, design of biocontainment units, and defining spatial metrics for evaluation of design layouts. Zorana gained extensive teaching experience working as a TA for several courses, as well as working with both architecture and urban design studios. She holds a B.Arch and M.Arch in urbanism from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. In addition, she is the recipient of several awards in design competitions and has been awarded several fellowships, including the 2018 EarthShare Fellowship (Architecture Foundation of Georgia AFGA), 2013 School of Architecture Ph.D. fellowship, 2008 Eurobank EFG Scholarship for the best 100 students in Serbia, and Scholarship of the Republic Fund for Scientific and Artistic Youth of Serbia (2007-2012).

Raha Rastegar

Raha Rastegar

Graduate Research Assistant

raha.mora@gatech.edu

Raha Rastegar is a graduate research assistant at the SimTigrate Design lab and a master’s student in the School of Architecture's Health and Design program at Georgia Tech. She received her M.Arch. from Beheshti University, Iran. After a few years of practicing, she started to focus on studying how shaping the physical environment impacts human feeling, behavior, and well-being, especially in healthcare facilities. Her current research interest is in applying evidence-based design in translating the research into practice, and visual analysis in healthcare facilities to improve the social, organizational, and economic outcomes for the most vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly. She is participating in multiple research projects, including a patient-centered ICU room design, improving healthcare members’ collaboration through team-room design, and analyzing the impact of lighting in pediatric intensive care units.

Clayton Feustel

Clayton Feustel

Graduate Research Assistant

clayton.feustel@gatech.edu

Clayton Feustel is a computer science Ph.D. student working in both the SimTigrate Design Lab and the Everyday Computing Lab. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees in computer science from Georgia Tech. Clayton’s interests lie at the intersection of ubiquitous computing, environmental psychology, and health informatics. His previous work examines personal informatics systems and how novel methods of data presentation influence reflection and people’s interaction with health data. More recently, Clayton has begun to explore how environmental data can be incorporated into mobile health systems to capture a more holistic understanding of one’s health and health behavior. In particular, Clayton is investigating how environmental conditions (e.g., sound) affect the experience and health outcomes of an aging population.

Maria Anna Kopka

Maria Anna Kopka

Graduate Research Assistant

mkopka3@gatech.edu

Maria Anna Kopka is a Fulbright Scholar working as a graduate research assistant while pursuing her Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Design & Health. She graduated from the Poznan University of Technology in Poland. In 2017, Maria completed her Master of Science Engineer in Architecture degree, defending her thesis, “A Children’s Hospital in Poznan: How Can Architecture Contribute to the Healing Process of Children in Pediatric Hospitals?” She continued to pursue her studies at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Strasbourg, France, as part of the Erasmus exchange program. Through her Fulbright scholarship, Maria furthers her investigations into light as a factor that promotes patient healing, focusing on light modulation in healing facilities by analyzing the impact of lighting on people with mild cognitive impairments. Maria is fluent in English, Polish, and French, and has a conversational ability in German.

Yeinn Oh

Yeinn Oh

Graduate Research Assistant

yeinnoh@gatech.edu

Yeinn Oh is a graduate teaching assistant for Dr. Craig Zimring’s Healthcare Design of the Future class and a Master of Science student in the Design and Health program in the School of Architecture. In 2018, she received her B.Arch and B.A. in Psychology from Ajou University, South Korea. She worked as a student research assistant in the Korea Institute of Healthcare Architecture (KIHA) for two years. Yeinn is interested in the social connection of spaces in urban environments and the relationship between the physical dimensions of daily public spaces such as streets and their impact on people’s lifestyle.

Sharvari Tamhane

Sharvari Tamhane

Graduate Research Volunteer

Sharvari Tamhane is working with the lab this summer as a graduate research volunteer. She is working with the built environment team on projects centered on the Cognitive Empowerment Program. Sharvari is a graduate student pursuing her master's in architecture. She completed her B.Arch from the University of Mumbai in 2018 and has worked on the design of multi-functional residential and commercial spaces. Sharvari's design philosophy focuses on functionality and planning backed by extensive research, and she is looking to explore how design can influence healthcare facilities and environments and the challenges faced while designing healthcare spaces.

Rachel Dekom

Rachel Dekom

Undergraduate Student Assistant

rdekom3@gatech.edu

Rachel Dekom is an undergraduate student assistant for the SimTigrate Design Lab, and she currently serves as the lab's Social Media Coordinator. As an Ivan Allen College student, Rachel believes she brings a much-needed liberal arts perspective to SimTigrate. She is a fifth-year undergraduate studying History, Technology, and Society with a minor in Sustainable Cities. Rachel's research explores the intersections of race and urban farming initiatives, specifically focusing on the metro Atlanta area. Rachel has been with SimTigrate since 2016 and has served in several roles, including as an assistant in the Healthcare Design of the Future class. Now Rachel focuses on streamlining the lab's online communications strategy and increasing cohesion and collaboration among lab members. On campus, she is a proud member of both Alpha Xi Delta and the Student Government Association. 

Sofia Mendoza Lomeli

Sofia Mendoza Lomeli

Undergraduate Student Assistant

smml3@gatech.edu

Sofia Mendoza Lomeli is an undergraduate student assistant project volunteer at the SimTigrate Design Lab. She is a candidate for a B.S in mechanical engineering with a concentration in design. In order to ameliorate her cognizance of design beyond the mechanical engineering perspective, she hopes to learn design fundamentals from an architectural and biomedical point of view that the SimTigrate Design Lab offers. She also is interested in learning about how evidence-based simulation and research can influence design choices of a final product. On campus, Sophia is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as well as a Mechanical Engineering Ambassador of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

Ladji Soumahoro

Ladji Soumahoro

Undergraduate Student Assistant

lsoumahoro3@gatech.edu

Ladji Soumahoro is an undergraduate student assistant in the SimTigrate Design Lab and a fourth-year biomedical engineering major with a minor in material science. As a biomedical engineer, Ladji aspires to apply his knowledge from his studies to aid the projects of the SimTigrate Design Lab. During his time on campus, Ladji focuses on devoting himself in service with the Engineering World Health Club and exploring more aspects of biomedical engineering with BMED Robotics.

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