Bio

Jo’Ann has an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences and 40+ years of administrative experience. Prior to joining Rutgers, Jo’Ann worked at Goldman Sachs & Co as a Department Administrator in their Management Development and Training Department. She possess strong supervisory, administrative, interpersonal and problem-solving abilities, all of which help her to perform difficult tasks effectively and efficiently. In her role as the RuCCS Administrative Assistant, she has demonstrated knowledge and understanding about office administration, prioritizing, organizing, coordinating, and facilitating.

Contact Info

Jo'Ann Meli
Administrative Assistant II
RuCCS, Center for Cognitive Sciences
152 Frelinghuysen Road (A129)
Piscataway, NJ 08854
848-445-6660 (P)/848-445-6715 (F)
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How He Can Help

Chris is a valuable resource that is to be shared between the center's staff and labs. He can provide technical assistance and guidance to department members in the below areas related to computing. The list below is not comprehensive, and Chris can learn new technology and software as relevant to research initiatives.

  • Experiment programming, data collection and analysis for the following environments:
    • Web Based Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) using PsiTurk. PsiTurk is an Amazon MTurk interface that allows you to quickly develop and deploy more interactive and visually sophisticated experiments than possible via the MTurk controls. These experiments are traditionally 2D but Chris is currently working on integrating a 3D rending library that will enable experiments using 3D stimuli. 
    • Matlab and Psychtoolbox, including 2D and 3D (both stereo and non-stereo) 
    • Eye tracking with Eyelink and SR Experiment Builder
    • Mobile/Touchscreen Experiments for Android and iOS based devices
  • Graphic design and 2D/3D stimuli creation for simulations and 3D printing
  • Web Design and Dynamic Database Driven Web Application Development 

Bio

Hristiyan has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University.  He has over 10+ years of programming experience and has been at The Center since 2008. During his time here he has worked with all labs assisting them with various IT issues, web and application development, experiment programming, data analysis and more. 

Contact Info

Hristiyan (Chris) Kourtev
Scientific Programmer
Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) 
152 Frelinghuysen Road, A111, Busch Campus
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Phone: (848) 445-4380
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How He Can Help

Radhames can provide technical assistance and guidance to department members in the following areas related to computing:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Operating System
  • Printing
  • Multimedia
  • Networking Issues

Bio

Radhames has a B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.  He has over 15+ years of experience providing technical support both remotely and onsite. He has worked at various companies providing technical support ranging from implementing, supporting, and troubleshooting, before coming to Rutgers University in 2014 as a Unit Computing Manager. 

Contact Info

Radhames Camilo
Unit Computing Manager
RuCCS, The Center for Cognitive Sciences 
152 Frelinghuysen Road, A110, Busch Campus
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Phone: (848) 445-1606
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How She Can Help

  • Assist faculty prepare budgets (multi-year forecasting) for grant submissions.
  • Work with OSRP on pre-award, post-award, and grant close out processes
  • Maintain departmental budgets to ensure proper allocation of spending
  • Work with Undergraduate and Graduate Director to maintain student data/files
  • Closely work with department Administrator to ensure all faculty and staff needs are met

Bio

Shiva has a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers Business School. She has over 13+ years’ experience at Rutgers University where she worked as an Administrative Assistant (CMBN), Department Administrator (OIT), before joining RuCCS as the Business Manager. She specializes in budget analysis, preparing financial budgets for grant submissions, year-end reconciliations, working with program directors on graduate and undergraduate programs, and navigating departmental HR processes.

Contact Info

Shivangiben (Shiva) Patel
Business Manager
RuCCS, Center for Cognitive Sciences
152 Frelinghuysen Road (A133)
Piscataway, NJ 08854
848-445-1625 (P)/848-445-6715 (F)
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How She Can Help

  • Funding Opportunities: Identify grant opportunities that further Center initiatives, as well as facilitate writing and submitting them for review.
  • Strategic Support: Evaluate and execute on ideas that further Center initiatives.
  • Conference & Workshop Organization: Brainstorm and help execute on collaborative meetings and workshops.
  • Professional Development: Support the professional development of students in Cognitive Science. For example, editing professional materials such as CVs and research statements.
  • Rutgers Student Opportunities: Pair students with Cognitive Science related opportunities within the Rutgers community.

Bio

Sara has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Rice University with expertise in the areas of memory, aging, and neuroscience. She has 10+ years’ experience in a university setting where she conducted empirical research, designed course curriculum, and wrote large scale grants. She recently comes to us from industry (CEB – Now Gartner), where she led a quantitative team in the design, analysis, and implementation of data-based solutions for HR executives.

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Publications

Press

Contact Info

Sara Pixley
Executive Staff Director
RuCCS, The Center for Cognitive Sciences 
152 Frelinghuysen Road, A135, Busch Campus
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
Phone: (848) 445-2973 / Fax: (732) 445-6715
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Contact RuCCS

Psychology Building Addition
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020


Phone:

  • 848-445-1625
  • 848-445-6660
  • 848-445-0635


Fax:

  • 732-445-6715