Our Team

Some of us were captivated at an early age – whether due to living in a three-generation household, receiving treatment for a serious medical condition, or working with children who had disabilities. Others gravitated towards the practical nature of improving people’s lives through design. A few of us simply came for a job, and ultimately stayed to enact change. Whether personal experiences led us to the IDeA Center, or the IDeA Center exposed us to different design perspectives, our team of dedicated designers, engineers, occupational therapists, urban planners, and psychologists strives for results that empower, inspire, and create an inclusive community for all.

Core Staff

Affiliated Faculty Researchers

Victor Paquet, Sc.D., M.S., AEP
Chair and Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo

James Lenker, Ph.D., OTR/L, ATP
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University at Buffalo

Beth Tauke, M.A., M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo

Korydon Smith, Ed.D., M.Arch
Professor, Chair – Department of Architecture, University at Buffalo

Huei-Yen “Winnie” Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Graduate Student Research Assistants

Gurkiran (Sustainable Transportation and Logistics) 

Ji Min Choi (Urban and Regional Planning)

Meghan Donahue (Human Factors Engineering)

Joseph Johnson (Human Factors Engineering)

Taylor Mortorff  (Architecture)

Avinash Parasurampuram (Computer Science)

Sreedhar Reddy Vangireddy (Computer Science)

Alexis Ziegler (Architecture)

Visiting Scholars

Erica Isa Mosca – Politecnico Milano (Milan, Italy)

Debi Francis – D’Youville College (Buffalo, NY)