“I came to UMBC for the excellent reputation and chose HCC as a program of study because it gave me the opportunity to do research at the intersection of aging and technology.”
Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria
Degree Program: Human-Centered Computing (Ph.D.)
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Helena Mentis
Thesis/research topic: Supporting older adults and their caregivers through the onset of cognitive impairment with home-based technology
Previous Undergraduate and Graduate Study:
2008, Biology, Psychology (B.A.), UMBC
2011, Management of Aging Services (M.A.), UMBC
Why did you decide to attend UMBC? And why did you choose your program in particular?
I came to UMBC for the excellent reputation and chose HCC as a program of study because it gave me the opportunity to do research at the intersection of aging and technology.
What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
The supportive network of fellow faculty and students
What is your favorite things about UMBC?
The diversity of the student body
Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
I work with older adults and their caregivers in supporting them through the use of technologies in their home while they are experiencing cognitive challenges.
Have you worked on any specific research projects (including any opportunity to publish or present your research) that you would like to highlight?
I have published my work at CHI, ASSETS and Gerontology venues
What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I am a full time faculty and Associate Dean at UMBC and plan to continue working in those capacities. I plan on continuing collaborations with my colleagues at HCC and expanding my research and publishing portfolio.
When you’re not teaching and researching, what are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy traveling the world with my family.