Meet our team

the people that make it happen

Dr. Scarlett Miller | Britelab Director

Dr. Miller is an expert in innovation, human-computer interaction, engineering design, and human factors product design. She is an associate professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) and the Hal and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University. She also holds affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and in Surgery.

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Graduate Students

Jessica González-Vargas | Industrial Engineering PhD Candidate

Jessica M. González-Vargas is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2019 and master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Penn State in 2020. She is interested in applying human factors principles in the healthcare area to improve medical education, patient safety, and patient outcomes.
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Courtney Cole | Industrial Engineering PhD Candidate

Courtney Cole is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Behrend in 2019, and master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University Park in 2020. Courtney is interested in studying the impact of psychological safety and cognitive style on engineering design outputs in the classroom. She also has a 17-year-old cat named Charlie.
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Aoran Peng | Industrial Engineering PhD Candidate

Aoran Peng is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She received her Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in 2018, and her Masters of Science in Engineering Design from Penn State University in 2020. Her interests are in human factors, as well as creativity and risk taking in engineering education.
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Haroula Tzamaras | Industrial Engineering PhD Student

Haroula Tzamaras is a PhD student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She received her Bachelors in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018 and worked as a a design engineer in industry for a few years before returning to school. She is interested in medical human factors, engineering and medical education, and STEM equity.
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Abigail O'Connell | Industrial Engineering Dual Degree MS/ BS, Schreyer Honors College

Abby is a dual title Bachelors of Science/ Masters of Science Student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She is also in the Schreyer's Honors College.
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Undergraduate Students

Ava Drum | Industrial Engineering BS Honors Student

Ava is a BS student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She is also in the Schreyer's Honors College.
Email | Psychological Safety Project



Rachel Bartuska | Industrial Engineering BS Honors Student

Rachel is a BS student in Industrial Engineering at Penn State University. She is also in the Schreyer's Honors College.
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Alumni

2020
Mohammad Alzayed, PhD Industrial Engineering - Assistant Professor Kuwait University
Aoran Peng, MS Engineering Design
Kevin Kearney, MS Engineering Design
Courtney Cole, MS Industrial Engineering
Jessica M. González-Vargas, MS Industrial Engineering
2019
Xuan Zheng, PhD Industrial Engineering- User Experience Researcher, Yelp
Hong-En Chen, PhD Industrial Engineering- Consultant, Exponent
Sharath Kumar Ramachandran, MS Engineering Design
Katie Heininger, MS/BS Industrial Engineering with Honors
2018
Elizabeth Starkey, PhD Industrial Engineering- Assistant Teaching Professor, Penn State SEDTAPP
Rucha Bihde, BS Industrial Engineering with Honors
Wendy Zeng, BS Industrial Engineering with Honors
2017
Mary Yovanoff, MS Industrial Engineering - Research Associate at Design Science in Philadelphia
Xuan Zheng, MS Industrial Engineering with Honors
Elizabeth Starkey, MS Industrial Engineering with Honors
Hong-En CHen, MS Industrial Engineering with Honors
Mohammad ALZayed, MS Industrial Engineering
Andrew Strohmetz, BS Industrial Engineering
Lisa Miele, BS Industrial Engineering
Cailyn Spencer, BS Industrial Engineering with Honors
2016
Christine Toh, PhD Industrial Engineering - Asst. Professor at UNO
Arti Israni, BS Industrial Engineering with Honors
Clayton Miesel, BS Mechanical Engineering
2015
Inki Kim, PhD Industrial Engineering- Asst. Professor at UVA
2014
Christopher Gosnell, MS Industrial Engineering
2013
Samantha Adams, MS Industrial Engineering
Brittany Murphy, BS Industrial Engineering
Kristen Murray, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2013
2012
(James) Matias Siebert, BS Computer Science