Group Members

We are looking for new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (see openings) !

Lab Director

Ranjana Mehta is a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a graduate faculty with the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, director of the NeuroErgonomics Laboratory, co-director of the Texas A&M Ergonomics Center, and a faculty fellow with the Center for Population Health and Aging and the Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems. She received her MS and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, MEng from University at Buffalo, and BE from Mumbai University.

She is the recipient of:

  • Technical Innovation, the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, 2022
  • Presidential Impact Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2021
  • Virginia Tech Engineering Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, Virginia Tech, 2020
  • TEES Engineering Genesis Award, Texas A&M University, 2020
  • TEES Faculty Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2020
  • HFE WOMAN of the Year, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2019
  • Creativeness in Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award, Applied Ergonomics Society (IISE), 2019
  • William C. Howell Young Investigator Award, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2017
  • James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award, American Public Health Association, 2014

Ph.D. Students

Yinsu Zhang has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His research interests are in human-automation interactions and in objective measures of dynamic driver trust in autonomous vehicles.

Aakash Yadav has a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati. His research interests span robotics, human-robot interaction, human factors, cognition, neuroergonomics, and affective computing. Aakash works towards understanding the teaming between robots and humans to improve the combined system performance, efficiency, and safety. He loves to walk, bike, hike, and canoe in his free time.

Tiash Rana Mukherjee has a B.Tech Degree in Production Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Agartala, India. Her research interests lie in the intersection of Mechanical Design and Cognitive Psychology. She is aiming for an Applied Research career in the Industry.

David Nartey has a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Florida Institute of Technology. He worked in the automotive industry for 3 years. His research interests include general A.I, machine learning, systems engineering, cognition, and wearable health technology. In his free time, he enjoys working out, watching animation, and traveling.



Paul Ritchey, DrPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (2017), Consumer Product Research Scientist at Amway

Yibo Zhu, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2021), Human Factors Design Engineer at Apple Inc.

Sarah Hopko, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2022), UX Researcher at Meta Reality Labs

Rohith Kartikeyan, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2022), Research and Development Researcher at Apple Inc.

Oshin Tyagi, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2023), Assistant Professor at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

John Kang, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2023),

John Hayes, Ph.D., Industrial & Systems Engineering (2023, transfered), Currently at Texas A&M University


Whitney Mantooth, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (2017), Health And Safety Specialist at Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC

Sarah Sparks, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (2017), Executive Officer, NR C3F MAO DET FTW

Ashley Shortz, MSPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (2015), Health And Safety Coordinator at Elite Technical Services Group, Inc.

Olufunmilola Osofundiya, MSPH, Environmental and Occupational Health (2015),

Shivangi Dwivedi, MS, Industrial & Systems Engineering (2023),

Visiting Scholars

Hyewon Ji, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2020-2021

María Elena Celedón, BS in Industrial Engineering Information Technologies, Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile, Santiago, Chile, Spring 2020

Betsy Abraham, Grade 11, Med High School, Mission TX, Summer 2017

Maryshe Zietsman, BS Biology, UT Austin, Summer 2017

Yibo Zhu, MS Biomedical Engineering, UT Arlington, 2016-2017

Elena Mora, BS Neuroscience, UT Austin, 2015-2016


Lindsey Brenner, Project Coordinator/Lab Manager, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Sep 2021 - Aug 2023

Peter Kaloostian Selly, Research Assistant, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Jan 2022 - Aug 2023

Tiago Gunter, Student Technician, Industrial & Systems Engineering, 2023


Isabella Pedron, Chemical Engineering,

Diane Lee, Applied Mathematics, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Rawashdeh Malik, Computer Science, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Bolf Thomas, Applied Mathematics, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Nora Patralika, Computer Science, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

Eshan Manchanda, Applied Mathematical Sciences (APMS) Biology Emphasis,

Vishal Gottumukkala, Biomedical Science,

Sebastian Villa Cuellar, Interdisciplinary Engineering,

Mattias Hollmann, Electrical Engineering,

Mihiran Pandey, Computer Science,

Matthew Belmares, Chemical Engineering,

Blake Fairchild, Biology,

Rithika Venna, Neuroscience,

Malek Korish, Mechanical Engineering,

Mark Morrison, Aerospace Engineering,

Ibrahim Semary, Computer Science,

Tiago Gunter, Mechanical Engineering,

Mytreyi Abburu, Biomedical Engineering,

Victoria Chen, Computer Engineering,

Sydney Hunt, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Fall 2022

Jimena Cortes Escalona, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Fall 2022

Avi Bansal, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Fall 2022

Chris Notzon, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Spring 2022

Whit Saunders, Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2022

Russtam Wafayee, Aerospace Engineering, Spring 2022

Carlos Meisel, Aerospace Engineering, 2021-2022

Harlyn Nguyen, Biomedical Engineering, 2021-2022

Kristene He, Mathematics and Statistics, 2021-2022

Yixin Zhang, Statistics, 2021-2022

Reed Smoot, Electrical Engineering, 2021-2022

Joceleen Hardjadinata, Mechanical Engineering, 2021-2022

Ashley Bailly, Biomedical Engineering, 2021-2022

Conner Barnes, Interdisciplinary Engineering, 2021-2022

Zachary Laguna, Computer Science, Fall 2021

Shaye Smith, Environmental Engineering and Bussiness (Minor), Fall 2021

Margaret Zhuang, Computer Science, Fall 2021

Mikash Kothari, Biomedical Engineering, 2020-2021

Alekya Konda, Psychology, 2020-2021

Joshua Carrizales, Biomedical Engineering, 2020-2021

Connor Johnson, Biomedical Engineering, 2019-2021

Jingkun Wang, Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2019-2021

Slava Konopleva, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020-2020

Hanna Plate, Mechanical Engineering, 2019-2020

Emilie Vawter, Biomedical Engineering, 2019-2020

Ethan Vargas, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019-2020

Santiago Garcia, Industrial & Systems Engineering, 2019-2020

Mariam Khaldoon, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Fall 2018

Jacob Palat, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Fall 2018

Doja Qaraqe, Biomedical Sciences, Fall 2018

Alejandro Casas, Public Health Studies, 2017-2018

Taylor Layton, Public Health Studies, 2017-2018

Hayley Hardwick, Public Health Studies, 2016-2018

Rasik Jainik, Public Health Studies, 2016-2018

Catherine Pieratt, Public Health Studies, 2016-2018

Ecem Kilic, Biomedical Engineering, 2016-2018

Madeline Franke, Biomedical Engineering, 2016-2018

Taylor Dillard, Biomedical Engineering, 2015-2018

Michelle Nvouvo, Philosophy, 2015-2018

Maha Rasheed, Sociology, 2015-2016

Hannah Baker, Biomedical Engineering, 2015-2016

Lynee Herrera, Psychology, 2015-2016