Undergraduate Research Assistants
Research Assistant and Web developer
America Edwards is an undergraduate student at WMU earning her degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Social Psychology. She is interested in studying the links between interpersonal communication and media. America is excited to learn from her parents and develop her research interests further.
Amanda Bronson is an undergraduate student at WMU working towards her degree in communication studies and a minor in computer sciences. She is interested in the ways virtual reality and robotics transform social standards. She has had four years in programming and computer assembly and hopes to help further the virtual reality research. Amanda is ecstatic to work with the Communication and Social Robotics Lab on upcoming research and projects, furthering her knowledge that will be useful in her study.
Carter Jevens is an undergraduate transfer student working toward his degree in Telecommunications and Information Management with a minor in Computer Science. He joined the lab in interest of the artificial intelligence involved in robot-human communication. He wants to learn more about the coding of robots in the service industry and how VR is changing the way we communicate.
research assistant and Social Media Manager
A’Janae Williams is an undergraduate student earning her degree in Public Relations at WMU. She is interested in studying the effects of social media on social interaction inside different companies. With her degree she plans on running the social media department at the company of her choosing. She enjoys being involved on campus anyway she can. A’Janae is extremely excited to begin working with the Communication and Social Robotics Lab with research to obtain skills and knowledge that will help her in her future.
Zander Bunner is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Public Relations and double minoring in Marketing and Global and International Studies. He is interested in how, by using various technology mediums, you can influence communication effectiveness with an audience. Zander hopes to gain insight into how people communicate differently while interacting with technology, from talking with a chatbot to interacting face-to-face with a robot. He hopes to learn more about robotics and how they will influence our future.
Trisha Kapp is a senior at WMU studying organizational communication and business management. She is interested in seeing the interactions between humans and robots this semester, as well as experimenting with all of the technology. She is excited to be apart of all the projects we will be doing this spring!
WMU Lab Supervisor & VR Specialist
Nathan Wollensak is an undergraduate student working for his degree in Organizational Communication at WMU, as well as a minor in Rhetoric & Writing Studies. He has three years of experience working audio/video and classroom technology systems, and has an interest in interactive multimedia platforms. He also has three years of experience working with virtual reality technology, working with several VR headsets. Nathan’s role as Lab Supervisor will help maintain a positive and comfortable lab environment, while keeping track of lab equipment, event coordination, and overall organization. Nathan has also experimented with Linux based servers, private intranet channels, and complex audio/video setups. Nathan is also the manager of NOVA VR, a virtual reality arcade here in Kalamazoo.
Emily Crandall is an undergraduate student at WMU earning her degree in Public Relations with a minor in Event Management. She is interested in the psychological impact of communication in technology like that of social media. She hopes to gain life skills and experience in research and technology.
Katherine Ortiz is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Public Relations and double minoring in Marketing and Event Management. She is interested in researching how technology will influence mass media and interpersonal relationships. Katherine is excited to work in depth with virtual reality and artificial intelligence, learning how it will continue to affect the field of public relations.