Amanda Hughes' USU Research Lab (2013 - Present)

Under the guidance of Dr. Amanda Lee Hughes, I worked on the following research projects-

  • [Project 1]  Studied the use of Facebook, Twitter, Nixle (push notification service for the US government agencies), and online websites by fire and police departments affected by the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.
  • [Project 2]  Conducted a comparative review of a Mexican First Aid App, Primeros Auxilios.
  • [Project 3]  Identified and studied the communication behaviors of four types of official information sources (Event Based Resources, Local Responders, Local News Media, and Cooperating Agencies) on their websites, public Facebook page, and/or Twitter account during the 2014 Carlton Complex Wildfire. Also studied the timeliness and relevance of the information provided by these sources during the wildfire.
  • [Project 4]  Explored the lifecycle, relevance, role, and popularity of crisis named resources (CNRs) around the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire. CNRs are the social media accounts and pages named after a crisis event.
  • [Project 5]  Conducted interviews with members of the public and experts in Crisis Informatics, Communication Studies, and Emergency Response to determine the factors that influence the trustworthiness of social media profiles named after a crisis event.

USU Learn Explore Design Lab (2018 - Present)

Under the guidance of Dr. Breanne K. Litts, I worked on the following research projects-

  • [Project 1]  Studied the role of game-design process (using programming tools, such as ARIS and PocketCHIP) on the computational thinking skills of school kids (ages 9 - 15).
  • [Project 2]   Studied the effectiveness of Augmented Reality (AR) technologies (specifically, 'location' and 'place') on learning.


USU uSec Lab (May 2019 - Present)
Under the guidance of Dr. Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen, I worked on the following research project-

  • Compared the perceived and the actual privacy policies of IoT devices.


USU Playful Explorations Lab (Summer 2018)

Under Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura's guidance, I worked on the following research project-

  • Examined the role of mentoring in the app development process on self efficacy of middle-schoolers.