Our People

Principal Investigator

Brandon Pitts
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering

Graduate Students

Alexander Clark
M.S.I.E. Student (non-thesis)
I graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in May 2023, and I am an M.S. Non-Thesis student at Purdue University. I am originally from Fairfax, VA, and received my undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in May 2023. My research focus is human cognition and human-system interactions. I am interested in working with autonomous vehicles and medical devices with the hope of improving the quality of interaction experienced by the user. My future goals are to end up in industry or research working towards improving the ability of individuals with uncommon problems to interact with common systems.
Micah George
M.S.I.E. Student (thesis)
I am an MS Thesis student from India in the School of Industrial Engineering focusing on Human Factors and Ergonomics. I am really interested in automobile safety, and I would like make research contributions that would enhance the safety of driving and make it more accessible to the older populations as well.
I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Industrial Engineering. I am originally from South Korea. I received Bachelor's and Master's degree in South Korea, with an automotive engineering background. During my master's, I focused my research on driver's behavior, emotion, and information processing. I hope to deeply understand human drivers and provide service to make them safe and satisfactory in a driving context. After graduation, I want to experience industry and change to academia to contribute to making great students and conducting research. Personal Website
Gen Li
Ph.D. Student
Prior to my Ph.D. program, I was an undergraduate student in the School of Industrial Engineering with a minor in statistics working in the NHanCE lab. I am from Beijing, China. My research focuses on identifying factors that indicate the use of crystallized intelligence for older adults in semi-autonomous vehicles, and using them to develop a real-time adaptive decision support platform that guides drivers on when to use automation to maximize safety and performance.
Nade Liang
Ph.D. Candidate
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Industrial Engineering, with a research focus on Human Factors. I am originally from Shanghai, China. My research focuses on the effects of vehicle automation on driving behavior and cognitive workload, and methods that may help to mitigate potential roadway safety risks. Upon graduation, I hope to work in academia or a research division in the industry to develop safer and more efficient transportation systems. Personal Website
Maya Luster
Ph.D. Student
GRIS 204-J
I am a PhD student in the School of Industrial Engineering. I was raised in Meridian, MS. My current research project is in the field of cognitive engineering and focuses on ways to quantify trust in human-automation interaction within complex environments. This project investigates dispositional trust factors, such as age, gender, and culture, and their impact on the way(s) humans interact complex automation. My future goals are to pursue the application of this research in industry and eventually transition into a faculty position at a top university.
James Parkinson
Ph.D. Candidate
GRIS 324-C
I graduated from Purdue University’s School of Industrial Engineering with my BSIE in 2016. I was accepted into the PhD. program that same year. I am co-advised by Dr. Steven J. Landry (PennState) and Dr. Brandon Pitts. My thesis research is focused on modeling human response performance to vibrotactile alerts. For my assistantship, I work for the Technical Assistance Program (TAP) at Purdue to provide 40 hours of free engineering consulting services to small-to-medium-sized businesses in Indiana.
Jing Zang
Ph.D. Student
GRIS 204-M
I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Industrial Engineering department. I am from Shenzhen, China, and Luoyang, China is my hometown. My research interest lies in enhancing the safety and user experience of automated vehicles. I am passionate about exploring these fascinating topics and making a meaningful contribution to the field in my graduate study.

Undergraduate Students

Shang-Hsuan (Sean) Lee
Undergraduate Programmer
I am a graduating senior majoring in Computer Engineering and I'm going to keep pursuing a Master's degree here in Purdue University. I am from Taipei, Taiwan. I currently work as an undergraduate programmer in the NHanCE lab. My job is to use machine learning and computer vision to support the research on the effects of vehicle automation on driving behavior and cognitive workload.
Fah Yen
Undergraduate Researcher
I am a Sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. My research interest primarily lies in the development of accurate and power-efficient machine-learning models and frameworks. I am thrilled to explore their various applications in both research and industry. My goal is to combine my expertise in machine learning with my hardware system design knowledge to tackle pressing, complex, real-world challenges.


Shree graduated from Purdue with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in Summer 2022. She is now a Human Factors Engineer at Boeing.
Gaojian Huang
Assistant Professor at SJSU
Gaojian Huang is currently an Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, San Jose State University Personal Website
Dhairya graduated from Purdue with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in Spring 2020. She is now at Amazon Web Services.
Collin Li
Undergraduate Programmer
Collin graduated from Purdue in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. He is currently a software engineer at Paylocity in Seattle, WA.
Yuyuan Liu
MSIE (non-thesis)
Deo Kishor Mayur
Mayur received an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in Spring 2021. He is currently a Data Scientist at John Deere.
Christine Petersen
Undergraduate Researcher
Christine is currently a doctoral student in Human Factors & Human-Computer Interaction at Rice University.
Matthew Scott
Undergraduate Researcher
Matthew received a BS in Industrial Engineering in December 2018. He is currently working at Expeditors in Nashville, TN.
Jeanelle Tanhueco
Undergraduate Computer Programmer
Jeanelle graduated from Purdue in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. She is currently a software engineer at Cisco.
Lauren Werner
Master Thesis Student (M.S.I.E.)
Lauren graduated from Purdue with an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in Fall 2021. She is now a product manager at Cheil Marketing Consulting Firm.