Meet the Team

The EMPOWER Lab is formed as a multi-university collaborative that leverages the complementary skills and expertise of a transdisciplinary leadership team with an established track record of scholarship and collaboration across many relevant vectors for well-being.

North Carolina State University

Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Julie Ivy, Ph.D.


Maria Mayorga, Ph.D.

Department of Computer Science

Min Chi, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology

Sarah Desmarais, Ph.D.


Department of Higher Education

Tuere Bowles, Ph.D.



North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Lauren Davis, Ph.D.



Oregon State University

Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Harriet Nembhard, Ph.D.


University of Southern California

Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Julia Higle, Ph.D.