Mengyao Li

Mengyao Li '19

Major: Psychology

Minor: Mathematics

RCMS Math/Physics 130 & 230 Learning Assistant
STEM Scholars Program: Summer 2017

Research Title: Multi Modality of Warning System in automated Lane Keeping System
Research Mentor: Dr. Bruce Walker at Georgia Tech Psychology Department


Who inspires you?
Dr. Jennifer Hughes in the psychology department always encourages students to do more research independently and inspires me to conduct rigorous research.

What career paths are you considering?
I will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Industrial and System Engineering Ph.D. program. My research will focus on understanding human attitudes and behaviors in automation and technology. Specifically, understand and analyze factors affecting the development of drivers’ trust in automated driving.

In words anyone can understand, what did you study in your summer research?
My study focus on understanding human attitudes and behaviors in automation and technology. Specifically, understand and analyze factors affecting the development of drivers’ trust in automated driving.

What skills did you gain from REU?
I learned a lot about data analyses and also to communicate my results/ finding to my mentor and others. Moreover, I learned how to design and conduct the experimental research in a driving simulator.

What was challenging about research? How do you handle those challenges (or how did you see people handle them well)?
There were many times that our experiments did not work and staying positive and doing the work was the main challenge. However, I was able to handle it because of my interest in the project and minding to put the hours in.

I am in psychology because... I want to understand our behavior in relation to technology.

A woman in STEM... is powerful.

Link to  PI’s website, or particular REU, or particular grad program of next step?
Ph.D. program in University of Wisconsin-Madison. This is my PI’s website: https://directory.engr.wisc.edu/ie/faculty/lee_john