Katelynn Kapalo

National Institute of Standards and Technology: Public Safety Communications Research Division

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National Institute of Standards and Technology: Public Safety Communications Research Division


I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Modeling and Simulation graduate program at the University of Central Florida. I am also a Research Associate supporting the UI/UX portfolio within NIST's Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division.

Previously, I worked in the defense industry as a Research Psychologist with the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), supporting large-scale research and development programs focused on the expansion and integration of Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) training capabilities. In addition, I was Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program Fellow (NREIP) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. There, I participated in the coordination and execution of the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) program. JIFX is a series of quarterly field exercises designed to fill capability gaps for the United States Unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs).

I have experience conducting hazard analysis for several counties in Central Florida and previously worked as an intern with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), modeling chemical plumes and HazMat scenarios for first responders. My work has been published and presented at both national and international conferences, such as the Fire-Rescue International (FRI) Research Symposium, the Society for Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) Annual Conference, the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM), the Florida Hazardous Materials Symposium, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meetings. I received a scholarship in 2018 from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) for my dissertation research supporting the advancement of technology and information systems for the fire service.

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