RESEARCH TEAM

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JOSE PADILLA, PH.D.

HDL Lead

VMASC Research Associate Professor, Dr. Padilla is the HDL lead scientist. He has degrees in industrial engineering, business management, and engineering management. From the development of frameworks to the creation of tools, Dr. Padilla explores new avenues for simulation innovation.

ERIKA FRYDENLUND, PH.D

HDL Co-Lead

VMASC Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Frydenlund is the HDL co-lead. She has degrees in mathematics, statistics, and international studies. Her primary research interest in is modeling forced migration-related issues.

ANTHONY BARRACO

HDL Software Engineer

Lead Project Scientist, Anthony Barraco works on developing simulation platforms an applications in diverse areas of research at VMASC. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science. His focus at VMASC has been the development of web-based, cloud-deployed applications, geospatial processing, system dynamics simulation modeling, and M&S interoperability.

 

STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Research Assistants and Interns

MACKENZIE CLARK

Graduate Research Assistant

Master's student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Mackenzie is using her Spanish language skills to do a case study of Venezuelan forced migration into Colombia.

ELENA FREEMAN

Student Research Intern

Undergraduate Student studying International Affairs, Political Science, and French at the University of South Dakota, Elena is working with the team to characterize socio-political stressors on host communities in South Africa.

MADISON GONZALEZ

Graduate Research Intern

Master's student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University. Madison is interested in climate change and displacement.

NIKITA LUMIJOE

Graduate Research Assistant

Doctoral Student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Nikita is interested in researching how minority attitudes are reflected in regional and national politics and identities.

LYDIA SA

Graduate Research Assistant

Lydia is a Doctoral Student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University and holds a Master of Public Health. She is interested in studying the intersections of health, migration, and absorptive capacity, and their relationship with the epidemiological, political, and social inequities in crisis settings.

KHADIJEH SALIMI

Graduate Research Assistant

Doctoral Student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Khadijeh is using simulation to explore how grass-roots citizen initiatives emerge and evolve in humanitarian crises.

 

AFFILIATE RESEARCHERS

Multidisciplinarity at its Best

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Legal Research and Writing

ZACHEOUS ABANG

Researcher, School of Government
University of Western Cape, South Africa

MICHAEL ALLEN

Assistant Professor, Political Science & Geography
Old Dominion University, USA

JOSHUA BEHR

Research Associate Professor, Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center, Old Dominion University, USA

FRED BIDANDI

Researcher, School of Government
University of Western Cape, South Africa

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Planning Travels

HANNE HAALAND

Professor, Global Development & Planning, University of Agder, Norway

APOSTOLOS SPANOS

Professor, Institute for Religion, Philosophy, & History
University of Agder, Norway

IOANNIS SPILANIS

Professor, Social and Humanistic Environmental Sciences Sector
University of the Aegean, Greece

HEGE WALLEVIK

Professor, Global Development & Planning, University of Agder, Norway

 

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