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Jordan Floyd

Jordan Floyd ’20, an electrical and computer engineering major, was not familiar with developing Android apps before starting her research project this summer. Now, she’s using Java and Android Studio to construct learning modules for an interactive app. 

Her mentor Cristiano Tapparello, a research associate in electrical and computer engineering, is developing a healthcare app in partnership with Christie Petrenko, at the University’s Mt. Hope Family Center. The app aims to provide health information for self-directed and peer-to-peer interventions for parents and caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Floyd used content derived from the Families Moving Forward program, which contains information and questions for caregivers, to program the educational component of the app. She also worked on organizing content from the app so it can be easily placed and retrieved from a database.

Floyd and her mentor Cristiano Tapparello

Floyd and her mentor Cristiano Tapparello, discuss Jordan's project.

Jordan learned about the Xerox Engineering Research Fellowship program during a State of the School address for students delivered by Dean Wendi Heinzelman. She was curious because “I was not involved in research prior to this summer and I know that the experience is important.”

Floyd is gaining more research experience and learning the basics of developing an app. She enjoys the collaboration with professors, fellow students, and clinical professionals. It h