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Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC

Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research

Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC is the Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Dr. Anjali Joseph is focused on using simulation and prototyping methods to research and test effectiveness of promising design solutions that may impact patient safety in high stress healthcare environments. She has focused her research on multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety in healthcare through the development of tools and built environment solutions.
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Kapil Chalil Madathil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Departments of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Clemson University

Kapil Chalil Madathil, PhDis an assistant professor in the Departments of Civil and Industrial Engineering. Hisarea of expertise is in applying the knowledge base of human factors engineering to the design and operation of human-computer systems for complex environments that involve rich interactions between people and technology. Dr. Madathil has specific expertise in the areas of human factors and system design and the application of these principles to the healthcare domain.


Susan O'Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing

Susan O’Hara, Ph.D., MPH, RN is an Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing. A registered nurse for over 30 years, with clinical, education, leadership and management experience in critical care, outpatient, and home-care environments. Founder and principal of O’Hara HealthCare Consultants, LLC providing research, education, design and simulation modeling services for 24 years, Dr. O’Hara has led teams of computer simulation engineers and architects on numerous projects inpatient and outpatient healthcare design projects including preadmission testing, ambulatory surgery, prep and recovery and PACU departments and the National Nurses’ Time and Motion Study.


Patricia Carbajales, MSc

Co-Director of the Center of Excellences, Geo spatial Technology, Clemson University

Patricia Carbajales, MSc serves as the Co-Director of the Center of Excellences and manages the daily operations of the Geospatial Technology Center. This includes coordinating the geospatial technology consultation services, the implementation and management of cloud-computing and web-based GIS platforms, as well as developing customized training materials for class instruction and project support.Patricia joined Clemson’s Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration Group in September 2014.Previousto Clemson, Patricia established and ran the Stanford Geospatial Center for four years at Stanford University where she also held the position of GIS Lecturer within the School of Earth Sciences. She created and taught the first “GIS for Good” class, a service-learning class where students from different disciplines partnered with the United Nations, and other international humanitarian organizations to create innovative solutions to real-world problems.


Stephen Finley, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Prisma Health

Dr. Stephen Finley is an orthopedic surgeon in Seneca, South Carolina. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Dr. Finley’s area of expertise includes hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery, and the use of biocompatible hydrogels.


Sahar Mihandoust, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor in Architecture + Health

Sahar Mihandoust, Ph. D. is a Research Assistant Professor for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University. Sahar’s research focuses on the effects of biophilic design on nurse and patient outcomes in Intensive Care Units. In her research she explored and compared the spatial configurations of Intensive care units, nurse’s perception of their environment, and nurse burnout levels. Her research interests also include evidence-based health care design, patient safety, and design for special populations. In her current position she is collaborating in a multidisciplinary team to examine built environment solutions for improving patient safety, user experience and operational efficiencies. Sahar obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental and Interior Design from Texas Tech University; She has also earned a Master’s degree in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and an M.Arch degree from Iran University of Science and Technology. Sahar has over five years of experience in research, teaching, and practice in interior design, healthcare design, and architecture in the United States and Iran.