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Ph.D. Candidate

IST Ph.D. Student
Graduate Adviser
Carleen Maitland
Graduate Cohort
M.S., Architecture from Penn State Stuckeman School of Architecture
B.S., Architectural Engineering from University of Tehran
M.S., Informatics from Penn State College of IST

Nasim's research in IST gravitates toward a human-centered approach. She is particularly invested in the critical analysis and design of technologies that could improve the lives of crises affected populations. COVID-19, climate change, circumstances of conflict, war, and failing economies have forced more people into displacement and exacerbated socio-economic conditions for the crises affected populations. A human-centered approach ensures technologies and data are inclusive and facilitate evidence-based decision-making among humanitarian and development organizations in response to situations of crises.  

Her interest in a human-center approach is rooted in her background in architecture and design; in which human needs and behaviors are central. Born in Tehran, Iran, her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering has helped her meet communities and promote community practices in urban and rural development. She has also incorporated her human-centered approach in architecture to translate the qualities of human behavior and needs to inform the design of tools and computational systems in different scales and scenarios. 

Research Interests

Social and Organizational Informatics, Human-Centered Design, Human-Computer Interaction