Hande was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She loves traveling, cooking, exercising, and watching movies in her free time. She got her bachelor's and master's degrees from Bilkent University, Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. Driven by her curiosity about environment and behavior relationships, she decided to pursue her Ph.D. in Design Studies program at UW-Madison. Her work is around combining research and design to create more human-centered and better physical and virtual environments for people.
PhD, Design Studies, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (in progress)
Hande's research aims to explore how we can leverage workplaces to support users' mental well-being by reducing stress. To do this, she is combining both qualitative and quantitative methods, and conducting experiments in virtual reality to test the existing hypotheses.Although her dissertation is in the environment and behavior field, she is also interested in user research. In her current work, she is conducting experiments to understand the usability of an AR measurement tool to expand the usage of their app. In this project, she is collecting both qualitative and quantitative data to provide more insight from users.