Meet the team of students who help keep CIHF up-and-running!
Social Media Manager
Malvika Majithia is a rising second-year student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration in the School of Human Ecology. She was born and brought up in India, and received her B.S. in Health Policy and Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She has been interested in the healthcare field ever since she was looking after her grandparents’ health records back home in India. Apart from the field, she enjoys spending her time creating graphics on design software and managing CIHF’s Social Media. Her aim is to be able to use her creativity in running and managing a hospital some day.
Bryan Saggese graduated one year early as a part of the class of 2017 with a B.S. in Information Science and is expected to graduate with an MPS in Information Science after this fall semester. His interests include web development, app development, and data science. Bryan enjoys being a part of the CIHF team because it enables him to contribute to the futures of others.
Lu Kong is a first-year doctoral student in service operations management at SHA. Lu graduated from SHA with her MS in 2013. She worked for Marriott for a year before deciding to come back for her Ph.D. study. Lu’s research interests are in service innovation, sustainable operations, social network, and the Sharing Economy. Currently, she is working on a project that explores the intersection between the hospitality and healthcare industries, in terms of the similarities and differences between those two industries and how they can learn from each other. Another research project that she is engaged in revolves around how companies can utilize customer feedback from social network websites to improve service operations in their systems.
President, Cornell University Healthy Futures Student Organization
Vivian Li is a senior in the School of Hotel Administration, pursuing a minor in Real Estate and a concentration in Marketing. Vivian became involved in the institute after taking a weekend seminar held at Cornell her sophomore year. Since then, she had developed a keen interest in the integration of design, health, and hospitality. Vivian is now serving as the president of the student club Cornell University Healthy Futures Club (CUHFC). Vivian’s career interest lies in hospitality development and operations. Outside school and work, Vivian enjoys cooking, Japanese taiko drumming, and visiting local food markets.
Recent Collaboration Lab Alumni
Carly Ann Andrews
Social Media Manager
Carly Andrews is a junior in the School of Hotel Administration planning to graduate in December of 2016. She started her hospitality career in the wedding cake business, working for many different bakeries in the Massapequa, New York area where she grew up. Upon beginning her education at Cornell, she focused on food and beverage operations but fell in love with the senior living industry after a dining internship with Brookdale Senior Living in the summer of 2015. She is now planning on minoring in Gerontology through the College of Human Ecology and is actively involved in CIHF as both the social media manager and an undergraduate researcher. She is also the co-president of the Cornell University Healthy Futures Student Organization, which aims to spark conversation among students studying hospitality, healthcare, and design. She loves to hike, still enjoys baking, and hopes to one day improve the lives of older adults by developing a financially viable middle income senior living model.
Alexandra Diane Bruns-Smith
Program Assistant and Course Coordinator
Alexandra is a senior in the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, pursuing a minor in Real Estate and a concentration in Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate. During her freshman year at Cornell, Alexandra co-authored a paper on best practices in sustainable hospitality with Professor Rohit Verma. Through her involvement in the Institute for Healthy Futures at Cornell University, Alexandra gained an interest in healthcare and the role hospitality plays in patient outcomes and satisfaction. She pursued this interest and subsequently became a teaching assistant for the first CIHF seminar as well as the co-president of the first student club to integrate hospitality, health, and design. When she isn’t in the Statler Library, Alexandra enjoys reading, exploring Ithaca gorges, and running around Beebe Lake.
Kimia is pursuing Master of Science degree in Environmental Psychology at the department of Design and Environmental Analysis, and a member of the Class of 2017. She received her Master of Architecture (M.ARCH) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. Her education in healthcare architecture at University of Illinois followed by an architectural internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, sparked her interest in designing for human health and well-being. At Cornell University, she is continuing her scholarly interests in the environmental design research that addresses myriad of physical and psychological needs of individuals, and leads to the creation of more responsive environments. She enjoys creative activities, whether it is designing a 2D graphic poster, or a 3D-printed object.
(UG – Latin Honors Thesis Student)
Zhen Lin (MS Student)
Lucie is a member of the Policy Analysis and Management class of 2017. She recently graduated with a focus in health policy and a minor in demographic analysis. Lucie has a passion for evidence-based health policy with a particular interest in maternal health and reproductive rights. After Cornell she is moving to Chicago to work as a health consultant for Navigant Consulting and hopes to pursue a career in health policy. In her free time Lucie enjoys hiking, trail running, and exploring new restaurants.
2017 Graduate Degree: Human Factors Engineering/ Ergonomics
Minor: Information Science