I am an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech and received my Ph.D. in Industrial Design with a concentration in User-Product Interaction Evaluation from Chiba University, Japan in 2016. My research focuses on interaction evaluation, usability testing, and using new tools and technology in user-tracking to promote evidence-based decision making in design. In my teaching, I strive to create collaborative, problem-solving opportunities across a wide range of academic and professional disciplines and have worked with many colleges and departments on healthcare research and design. Currently, I am co-teaching a course entitled Needs Identification in Healthcare, with colleagues in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BME) and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and am collaborating with colleagues in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction on the analysis of human-building interactions.
In addition to teaching, I have ten years of industry experience as an Industrial Designer in my home country of Iran, where I worked on a range of high-profile projects such as product designs for the National Bank of Iran to exterior illuminations for historical preservation sites.
For a full review of her academic and professional history, you may download the CV here.