Yajaira Ayala is a Doctoral Fellow at the University of Delaware, and earned her Master's degree in Disaster Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. During this time she worked at the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences researching mechanisms to address health and social disparities in vulnerable populations of the US-Mexico border. Yajaira is currently compiling an annotated bibliography for researchers interested in exploring the concept of disaster recovery in Latin America and the Spanish-language literature.
Neisha Maharaj is a Food Science major at the University of Delaware, and a Research Assistant in the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection. In addition to her food science expertise, Neisha has a professional background in logistics and manufacturing. Neisha is currently working to evaluate and update the Collection's holdings on foodborne illnesses and food security in the post-disaster context.
Matthew Van is Doctoral Fellow at the University of Delaware, and hails from Orange County, California. Matthew comes to UD from the California State University, Long Beach Masters in Emergency Services Administration program. His background includes biology, public affairs, and medical sciences. Some of the research topics he has previously explored involve the effects of COVID-19 on social safety net organizations, and variances in public health pandemic policies across different countries. Matthew is currently assessing mapping tools for use in the COVID Collections Project.
Eileen Young is a PhD Candidate at the University of Delaware, and is currently engaged in research using agent-based modeling of social factors in evacuation from fire. Her research interests are in collective behavior, resilience in vulnerable populations, and the evolving role of computing and big data in social science. Eileen currently works on data management for the COVID Collections Project.