Portfolio

Here are various samples and projects from my work as a student.

Psychology

A job analysis of the Student IT Technician I job title at Texas A&M University, performed as a project for my Industrial and Organizational Psychology class.

As IT support groups for individual departments can be rather small, two different departments, Department of Biomedical Engineering and College of Architecture, are used to demonstrate the size-dependent differences between duties.

 Ethnography

A class project performed for Spring ’15, ANTH 689 – Quantitive Ethnography course under Dr. Jeff Winking, focusing on student sentiments towards Greek Life Organizations (GLOs). Attempts to identify demographic trends in attitudes towards GLOs and their members in light of Texas A&M University’s historical skepticism. Data collected through both an in-person campus-wide survey and a nation-wide online survey through Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics.

Non-parametric analysis was performed in R on Likert-scale survey questions and self-reported demographic data.

Engineering

Developing an intuitive tactile person-to-person navigation interface utilizing and EAI tactor system and open-source drivers for the Wii remote.

Primary developer of Visual C++ code. Responsible for human subject testing, Institutional Review Board correspondence (co-investigator), and experimental design for validation.

Corpus of work from CSCE 667 exploring curation and ideation and their relationship with new technologies. Collection consists of digital collage (via Idea Mache), tweets, and essays.

Aided in the development of a survey for study of technology use and information flow during natural disasters. Edited to ensure consistency and clarity of questions.

Element of forthcoming paper: Matarrita, D., Moreno, E., Ferris, T. and Yates, J., “Studying the usage and implications of social media and mobile technology use on evacuation decisions in extreme events: A case study on Hurricane Sandy”

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

ISEN 689 – Cognitive Systems Engineering class project under Dr. Tom Ferris.

Performed a systems analysis of nursing rounds in Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Bryan, TX Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Recommended process improvements to improve physician/nurse/parent communication.

  • Senior Design: Fall Safety Analysis

Performed for the requirements of ISEN 459 – Senior Design course under Dr. Justin Yates. Identifying details not provided due to Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Worked with an industrial manufacturer to address a fall safety concern in their fabrication facility to ensure OSHA compliance. Applied systems safety measures to ensure solution effectiveness with existing materials handling constraints.

  • Through a union interpreter, performed interviews with on-site employees directly responsible for interaction with safety hazard to identify both procedural and behavior elements of the hazard.
  • Identified unanticipated mechanical hazards for workers.
  • Exhausted current fall safety system applications for the facility through extensive quote gathering (including an on-site assessment) and multiple interviews with subject matter experts.
  • Recommended a material handling retrofit to eliminate the fall hazard and an improved inventory tracking system based upon technology currently within the facility to increase efficiency and  inventory awareness; better facilitate material flow with supplier; and reduce waste.

 

 

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Schelling Games: The Art of Coordination

Let’s say that you and a friend are touring New York City together and end up separated, with no way to communicate between each other? Where do you meet? When?

Popular culture has focused on the analysis of of game theoretical components of competition, wondering how one individual may gain advantage over another, but little consideration is given to how individuals coordinate actions. (While the famous Prisoner’s Dilemma does have components of cooperation, in the end, it’s really about preventing the other from taking advantage of you.)

Instead, we’ll be looking at the area of game theory explored by Thomas Schelling which looks at how individuals cooperate with minimal amounts of information.

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