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.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
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.
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.
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.