Crystal S. Maraj is a Research Assistant Professor employed by the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She has attained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) from UCF. For the past four years, Dr. Maraj has worked for the Simulation & Training Technology Center (STTC) as a Researcher on medical simulation technology projects as well as developing and implementing empirically-based research experiments for Simulation-Based Training (SBT) platforms. Dr. Maraj has published research findings to inform the scientific and training communities to improve trainee performance and training system utility. Most recently, she is leading the Realistic Assessment of Performance in Devices (RAPID) lab that focuses on the evaluations of VR/AR technologies assessing capabilities, deficiencies, specifications, costs, maturity and risks. This information will inform the military community of the technology readiness of devices. In addition to leading the RAPID lab, Dr. Maraj also manages the Robotics Club at UCF. She mentors students as they prepare for local and national robotics competitions. Her interests in outreach programs had led her to actively participate in STEM activities that support Florida school communities.
In order to effectively train Soldiers to feel comfortable providing medical care to females, and to react without hesitation in life-threatening situations, trainees should be given the opportunity to train with realistic female anatomical models and be exposed to female… Read More