Research Assistant Profiles

The Transportation Research Group (TRG) provides undergraduate students who are interested in research the opportunity to get hands-on experience working with participants, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting our research at local, regional, and international conferences. Research Assistants (RAs) benefit from the resources made available through UCF’s Psychology Department and the TRG lab while learning to conduct empirical research projects under the supervision of experienced human factors psychologists. Listed below are the undergraduate students currently working on projects within the TRG labs, as well as a comprehensive list of the undergraduate RAs who have been involved in the past.

Aviation/Aerospace Lab

Sofia Cannavina:

"Hi! My name is Sofia Cannavina and I am majoring in psychology with interests in cross cultural and cognitive psychology. I plan on attending graduate school after graduation and I am very fascinated by different cultures and how people interact with each other according to the region in which they are located in the world. I have also done a semester abroad to Jönköping, Sweden for 4 months studying for my minor, mass communications. I enjoy going to coffee shops on my free time and traveling to new places and exploring new places around me!"

Annie Guidubaldi:

"Originally from Ohio but a long-time Floridian. I joined TRG because I'd like to gain research experience for my future career, and because I see human factors as a very dynamic discipline that merges my passions for creativity, science, and simulation.  However, I also find passion in swing dancing, costume-making, and game design!"

Yaqub Kassoo:

"My name is Yaqub Kassoo and i'm a fourth year student majoring in biomedical sciences. My research interests include the designs of commercial airplanes and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and how these respective aircrafts can be optimally used by humans when several physiological and cognitive factors are considered. I intend to apply to medical school in hopes of being able to practice in underserved communities. On my free time, I enjoy playing and watching basketball. My favorite player is Damian Lillard, who I hope wins a ring sometime in the near future."
Daniela Miele: 

“Hi name is Daniela Miele! I am an undergraduate student pursuing my Bachelors in Human Factors Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences. I am excited to begin my research in the Aviation study, as I always had a passion for aerospace and automation. I plan to continue my studies onto graduate school and ultimately obtain my Ph.D. in Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and family.”
Salim Mouloua:

“I’m currently a Senior in the Human Factors Psychology track. My present research follows the application of physics and simulation to neurobehavioral indices of performance. I transferred over from the Neurolinguistics study to the Aviation study, where I’d like to more closely apply simulation and psychophysiology to performance in the skies. I intend to apply for a Ph.D. program in Cognitive Neuroscience after graduation, where I hope to research hybrid BCIs for Neuroergonomics applications. I enjoy long walks on the campus, existential cartoons, and serious (and not-so-serious) games.”
Juliana Voelker:

"My name is Juliana Voelker and I have been working in the Aviation Lab since Fall 2019. I am majoring in Industrial Engineering and am interested in applying human factors into the optimization of processes. I have learned a lot in my time at the lab and want to continue exploring new fields that have real world applications. In the future I hope to apply my knowledge into the community development sector working technology into the lives of future generations. In my free time I enjoy playing floor hockey, learning foreign languages and thrift shopping."

Surface Transportation Lab

Christopher Collado
Melody Hernandez
Makayla Mench
David Oswald
David Trivino
Enilda Velazquez

Neurolinguistics Lab

Andrea Alfonsi:
"Andrea is a second degree-seeking student majoring in Health Sciences. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Florida and a certificate in Emergency Medical Technician from Valencia College. She started participating in the Neurolinguistics group in the fall of 2018. She currently works as an emergency department technician and plans on applying to medical school upon graduation. She loves drawing, horseback riding, and jogging during her free time."
Eric Bellevue:
"My name is Eric Bellevue, and I am a junior with a major in health sciences and a minor in psychology. My research interest are primarily invested with neuroscience and hopefully I will be able to branch into other fields while going forward and eventually pursuing my doctorate. When I have free time I love to read, game, workout and look for new places to eat copious amounts of food.
Fun fact: Starbucks is the way to my heart."
Eagle Bui:
"My name is Eagle Viet Bui. I am a first generation Vietnamese American and currently an undergrad at the University of Central Florida. My passion is biology but I always had an affinity for psychological sciences. I am currently double majoring in both. I’m also a Resident Assistant for the dorms here at UCF and am also a mentor for Freshmen through a program called Knight Watch. I am a bilingual who is fluent in English and Vietnamese. In my free time I love playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons with my friend. I also love hiking and fishing. I am afraid of alligators. My dream is pursue a masters in Biology  with a few extra majors and minors. My ultimate goal is to go to Medical school and become a 		 		physician."
Aaron Canada
Stephanie Castelin (lab co-lead):

"Hi! My name is Stephanie Castelin and I'm from Palm Beach Florida. I'm interested in research involving cross-cultural/multicultural psychology from a clinical perspective. After undergrad, I am to attend a Ph.D. program in clinical or counseling psychology. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, journal, and play the cello."
Zamira Feliz:

"My name is Zamira Feliz, I am in my senior year and my major is Health Sciences Pre-Clinical. I love hanging out with my dog, doing hot yoga, and reading books. My plan is to go to Medical school in hopes of becoming a physician. One of my goals is owning a farm with a bunch of animals because why not, they're so cute and fluffy!"
Nikole Elderkin
Trucvy Nguyen
Zachary Peart (lab co-lead):

"I am a transfer student from Valencia College, double majoring in Biology and Psychology, with an emphasis in Neuroscience. My ultimate goal is to eventually earn a PhD in Neuropsychology, in which I can apply Neuroscience to make a difference in the lives of brain trauma, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer patients. I’m originally from Miami, Florida, and in my free time I like to go mountain biking."
Marcos Pimentel:

"My name is Marcos, I am a Biomedical Sciences major and I hope to go to medical school after graduation. I grew up in Miami and am a transfer to UCF from Wittenberg University. During my free time I like to lift weights, watch any kind of sports, and play 2K on Xbox."

Daniela Velez
	Special thanks to those who have helped with our research over the years:
Maickel Accladios 
Emily Asaro 
Haylee Breitinger 
Andrew Carleton 
Naomi Christy 
Logan Clark 
Caroline Clayton 
Michael Corbisiero 
Vitor Da Costa 
Elizabeth DeLuque 
Mayan Derhy 
Tiana Diaz 
Lauren Dobrie 
Dania Fadhli 
Gabriella Fiorino 
Carolina Geiman 
Miranda Gener Betancourt 
Jesssica Hoang 
Ian Hughes 
Tasneem Islam 
Perla Jimenez Herrera 
Isabel Hoffman 
Swathi Krishnan 
Matthew Lawlor 
Paola Luigi 
Natallia Machecha 
Marcelle Mehu 
Edgar Metke 
Alexandra Olafsson 
Ana Parez 
Isabelle Perez 
Rebecca Pharmer 
Gabriella Rousseau 
Lane Sager 
Stephanie Scott 
Cole Sebastian 
Joshua Thomas 
Samantha Van De Ven 
Juan Manuel Alzate Vanegas 
Memona Zafar