Current Students

Doctoral Students in Human-Centered Design


         Wafa Almukadi, M.S.

             Ph.D. Student

             M.S. Management Information Systems
             University of Central Florida, 2010 

             B.S. Computer Science
             King AbdulAziz University, 2004 

Wafa Almukadi is a PhD student in the Human-Centered Design program. In 2010, she joined the faculty staff of the Information Systems Department of the College of Computing and Information Technology of King AbdulAziz University KAAU in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is still working as a lectural and supervisor of information system department. She taught several courses such as computer skills for beginners, system analysis and design, software engineering, structured computer organization, and principles of human-computer interaction.She worked as a programmer (2004-2007) in the Information Technology Department of Zahid Tractor Company. Her Job was to rebuild the web site of the company and its sister's company, provide support, analyze problems, and build useful tools for the department using RBG, HTML, CSS, PHP and SQL. In 2010, she received her master degree in Management Information Systems from University of Central Florida, and an SPA certificate. She got her bachelor's degree is in Computer Science from KAAU with honor degree in 2004. She is interested in interaction design, education, web design and usability.



          Tiziano Bernard, M.S.

              Research Assistant & Ph.D. Student

              M.S. Flight Test Engineering
              Florida Institute of Technology, 2016

              B.S. Aerospace Engineering, minor in Flight Technology
              Florida Institute of Technology, 2015 

Tiziano is a Flight Test and Aerospace Engineer currently working as a doctoral student and research assistant at Florida Tech. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering (with honors) with a minor in Flight Technology in 2015; he was the first graduate with the Master’s Degree in Flight Test Engineering in 2016 at Florida Tech, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Engineering Design (Human-Centered Design) at the same university. As a graduate student, he assisted in the teaching of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was the project director for the Florida Tech Mars Rover Project, winning the “Northrop Grumman Best Engineering Project in Showcase” award in 2015. He is an FAA certified pilot and a trained aerobatic pilot with experience in unusual attitudes. He has flight experience, either as a crew member or as a flight test engineer, on board eight general aviation aircraft and one Boeing 737-800 hi-fi simulator. He has received academic awards at the undergraduate and graduate level from the faculty in both aerospace and flight test engineering. As a Masters graduate student Tiziano has researched the effects of aircraft flap configuration change on longitudinal trim, of which the results are intended for FAR enhancements. Tiziano has also been involved with the Human-Centered Design Institute as part of the Trajectory Recovery System, led by Dr. Nicholas Kasdaglis. Among the most recent research projects, there is the Enhanced Space Navigation and Orientation Suit (ESNOS) and the development of enhanced human-systems integration visualization developments for autonomous loss of control recovery protocols in general aviation.

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          Sebastien Boulnois, M.S.

             Research Assistant & Ph.D. Student

             M.S. Automatic Control & Human-Machine Systems
             University of Valenciennes, 2014

             B.S. Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control and Industrial Computing
             University of Valenciennes, 2012

Sebastien Boulnois is a Ph.D. student at the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Art (HCDIA) since August 2015. He is doing research on onboard information systems and more specifically designing and developing the Onboard Weather Situation Awareness System (OWSAS). Sebastien is also a graduate student assistant and is maintaining and improving two commercial aircraft cockpit simulators (Boeing 737 and Airbus 320) at the school. He is a great support for any experiments related to aviation conducted in these two simulators. Previously, Sebastien was as an Engineer at the University of Valenciennes. He worked on human-robot(s) cooperation in hostile environments and crisis management in partnership with firefighters. He got his Master’s degree whit honors in Automatic Control and Human-Machine Systems (2014) and his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control and Industrial Computing (2012).


          Sharon Chinoy, M.S.

             Systems Engineer & Ph.D. Student

             M.S. Engineering Psychology
             Florida Institute of Technology 

             B.S. Interdesciplinary Studies
             University of Florida 

Sharon Chinoy is a Certified Human Factors Engineering Professional (CHFEP) and a Systems Engineer. She is working on ontologies for enterprise management. Sharon obtained a M.S. in Engineering Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in psychology, computer science, and business administration) from the University of Florida. Sharon is actively pursuing a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Design from Florida Institute of Technology.


          Jarrett Clark

             Ph.D. Student

             M.S. in Library & Information Studies
             Florida State University

             B.S. in Information Technology
             Florida State University

Jarrett Clark is a Ph.D. student in the School of Human-Centered Design, Innovation & Art. He received his bachelor's and master's degree from Florida State University. In 2016, Jarrett was awarded an Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship by the Federal Highway Administration for his research on distracted driving. He also currently works a robotic process automation engineer. His current research focuses on context representation and context-sensitive systems.


          De Vere Michael Kiss, M.S.

             Research Assistant & Ph.D. Student

             M.S. Aviation and Space Sciences
             Oklahoma State University

             B.S. Aeronautics
             Liberty University 

De Vere - Michael Kiss, M.S., is a specialist in human factors, crew resource management, and leadership and organizational design by education, and a current Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the Human-Centered Design Institute. His master’s degree is an aviation and space sciences from Oklahoma State University where he was Adjunct faculty teaching undergraduate students’ human factors, crew resource management, and aviation law. He was responsible for creating the associated course curriculum and instrumental in creating mock cockpit procedural trainers. Using scenario-based design incorporated with simulation and modeling, the procedure trainers enhanced normal, abnormal, and emergency procedure situational awareness for the students. This afforded natural cognitive resources for the students who transitioned to the CRJ 200 MATRIX simulator. With the scenario-based training, 40 of 41 students successfully passed the rigorous procedural training, which enhanced robust resilience for potential threat and error risk associated with flying complex transport category aircraft. He has more than three decades of experience in the aviation industry as a flight attendant, first officer, captain, and instructor. He currently holds a position on the seniority list at US Airways/American Airlines as an A320 captain. He is an expert in his field and consultants with various corporations developing curriculum specific to an organization’s needs for developing a safety culture. He is qualified in multiple commercial transport category aircraft. He has trained domestic and foreign pilots in: crew/team concepts to mitigate errors in transport category aircraft during normal, abnormal, and emergency flight realms. He has extensive knowledge of human anatomy/physiology and related characteristics in human factors accident causations. Further, he has a very thorough knowledge base of aviation accidents and the associated causal and latent causal elements involved. He has incorporated aviation accidents in his teaching methods since 2001. Recently, he was awarded a seat with the SAE G-10G Realistic Training Committee making vital recommendations to the FAA in regards to pilot procedural training. He is a space advocate. He is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Astronautical Society, and the Planetary Society. Additionally, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Aviation Psychology, the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology, the Flight Safety Foundation, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, and eight other aviation safety related organizations. His academics have been recognized with the inclusion of nine honor societies including: Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology; Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars; Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and the Bloomsbury International Society with highest honor. Additionally, he was awarded International Scholar Laureate status at Pasco Hernando Community College and graduated Suma Cum Laude from Liberty University with a B.S. in Aeronautics. He has also studied several space related accidents including: Apollo 1, Apollo 13, and the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia. His current projects include developing a warning system to enhance pilot situational awareness of slow cabin decompression, and seminal work in the field of acceleration forces imprinting negative memory on the vestibular nuclear complex, causing inverse peripheral neural stimulation of muscular proprioceptors, which may be causal in pilot flight control input. Additionally, he is specifically interested in the complexity of Life Critical Systems such as aeronautics, space flight, medicine, extreme environments, and the nuclear industry. He wants to utilize his aviation, human-centered design, medical, and educational expertise to create warning systems, procedural training, organizational structures, and other robust and resilient artifacts to enhance operator situational awareness and decision making, affording natural responses which will mitigate the risk and the consequences of that risk with associated Life Critical Systems. Finally, his main goal is to work in the space industry and develop a master caution warning system for the extreme environments of spacecraft with the intent of providing the earliest possible detection on the part of the operators. This is important because early detection will significantly increase the probability of a positive outcome when an emergent anomoly is expressed, re-establishing stability before instability reaches a magnitude that prevents recovery.


          Yash Mehta, M.S.

              Research Assistant & Ph.D. Student

              M.S. Aeronautics
              Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2013

              B.S. Interdesciplinary Studies
              Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2010 

Yash is an aerospace and digital health profession working in software company & digital health startup as well as commercial spaceflight research at FIT. Currently pursuing Ph.D. in Human-Centered Design, he would like to transfer the knowledge and skills from the degree to transfer it to both digital health and aerospace safety. As an avid supporter of startups & small businesses, he volunteers with local startup incubator as a mentor. Passionate about human spaceflight, Yash works as a researcher in assessing spaceflight operations and safety to develop recommendations to the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Previously, Yash worked as the co-founder/developer of the B.S. Commercial Space Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


          Louis Roig, M.S.

             Ph.D. Student

             M.S. Systems Engineering
             Johns Hopkins University

             B.S. Liberal Arts, minor in Electronic Instrumentation
             Excelsior College 

A retired U.S. Navy Aviation electronics technician that served in both Organizational and Intermediate Aviation Maintenance departments during six Arabian Gulf deployments, he provided expertise in both component level avionic repair and aircraft maintenance. He served as an Instructor and Instructional designer for the component level troubleshooting and repair of aircraft communication and navigation systems as well as their associated support equipment. While serving as a U.S. Naval Instructor he earned the highly-regarded Master Training Specialist designation and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. His final tour of duty was completed at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron-23 where he served as the Military Maintenance Liaison and Government Inspection Officer (GIO) for the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) program culminating in the first ever autonomous launch and recovery of an aircraft from an aircraft carrier while at sea. His military awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (awarded 3 times), Letter of Commendation, Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Commander, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a minor in Electronic Instrumentation from Excelsior College and a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds an FAA Private Pilot’s License and is certified as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP). His research interests Systems Engineering (SE), include Human Centered Design (HCD) and Human Systems Integration (HSI).


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