About Us

Our Mission

Our innovative Nurse-Engineer Approach leverages real-time collaborations to identify today’s healthcare problems and iterate on potential solutions that will lead to valuable advancements in patient care, nursing practice, and medical product development. Together we strive to:

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EMCNEI @ UMass Amherst: Training Healthcare Innovation's Next Generation

Training Healthcare Innovation's Next Generation

The Nurse-Engineer Approach: At the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation we are pioneering the powerful bidirectional real-time collaboration to identify healthcare issues, develop and refine solutions, assess outcomes, and make informed decisions to optimize the delivery of patient-centered healthcare.

Our History

Founded in January 2021, the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation was formed using seed funding provided by Michael and Theresa Hluchyj and soon expanded thanks to a second major donation from the Elaine Nicpon Marieb Charitable Foundation. The Center provides an incredible opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and corporate partners. The Product Prototyping Laboratory enables students to design and prototype new products allows for product and service testing by frontline clinical end-users.

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Elaine Nicpon Marieb and her Connection to UMass Amherst
Elaine Nicpon Marieb and her Connection to UMass Amherst

About Elaine Marieb, RN, PhD

The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation is named in honor of distinguished two-time UMass Amherst alumna Elaine Marieb, who earned a master of science degree from the College of Nursing with a specialization in gerontology in 1985, and a PhD in zoology from the College of Natural Sciences in 1969. A trailblazing educator with an abiding belief in the power of education to change lives, Marieb earned six different higher education degrees in all, and connected deeply with the students she taught at Springfield College and Holyoke Community College. She reached countless more students in classrooms worldwide through her many best-selling textbooks and laboratory manuals, widely considered the gold standard for teaching anatomy and physiology.

Message from the Co-Directors

"Today, healthcare technologies are too often made without the insights and understanding that clinicians bring to the table. Nurses are end-users, facing healthcare challenges on the frontlines of patient care. Engineers have the expertise and skills to envision and create medical devices and can work with nurses who bring the real-world healthcare experience needed to design the best possible products and solutions. This transformation depends heavily on collaborative research and development work among nursing, engineering, and other disciplines. The ability to quickly and effectively develop and test innovations requires both nursing and engineering skill sets. The power of the nurse-engineer approach is derived from the mutual collaboration between the two, where the nurse identifies the problem, and the engineer facilitates potential solutions."

— Karen Giuliano & Frank Sup, Co-directors

Co-Directors

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Karen Giuliano, PhD, RN, MBA
Co-Director, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

Karen’s research is focused on innovation in health care practices and products that results in the improvement of patient outcomes. She is a Professor (joint) in the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the Institute for Appplied Life Sciences. Karen has directed the creation of IV smart pumps that improve the safety of medication administration and research that reduces (non-ventilator) hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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Frank Sup, PhD
Co-Director, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

Frank draws on his background in mechanical engineering to develop patient-focused solutions for medical challenges in physical movement and rehabilitation. He is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He also directs the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Lab, where he mentors students in research on human-centered robotics and advanced design and control structures and methodologies. 

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Staff

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Karen Shultz Battistoni, MA
Associate Director, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation
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Genevieve Sawyer
Genevieve Sawyer, BA, AOS
Center Coordinator, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation

With a background in freelance food writing, professional baking, and sociology, Genevieve appreciates innovative approaches to nursing and engineering.  Previously Academic Department Coordinator for Amherst College’s Film and Media Studies (FAMS) and Grants programs, as the Center Coordinator she works behind the scenes to keep the Center on track in all of its processes. She is glad to see nurses take on a more critical and collaborative role in research and product development with their engineering colleagues.

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Graduate Students

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Gina Georgadarellis, MS
EMCNEI Graduate Researcher

Gina Georgadarellis is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She joined the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Lab in 2021 and is working with the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation. Her project focuses on the usability and perception of robotic technology within the clinical setting. 

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Seonhun Lee
Seonhun Lee, MS
EMCNEI Graduate Researcher

Seonhun is a doctoral candidate in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  Specializing in robotics research at the Center, Hoon works on functionality to discover what robots in hospitals will be able to accomplish as nurse assistants. He has found that collaborating with nurses provides him with a fresh perspective on how to work with the functionality of robots.

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Brenda Nyarko, MS
EMCNEI Graduate Researcher

Brenda Abena Nyarko is a PhD student at the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She joined the center in 2023 and currently working with the Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation as a research assistant. Her work revolves around the fascinating intersection of nursing and engineering.

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