F. Daniel Nicolalde

Daniel Nicolalde

F. Daniel Nicolalde


Graduate Student, Living Environments Laboratory

  • 330 North Orchard Street
  • Madison WI 53715

Years Active



  • B.S., Computer Science, Universidad San Francisco de Quito–Ecuador


During his free time Daniel Nicolalde likes spending time with family and friends, going for long bike rides, hiking, traveling, and promoting his parent’s business back in Ecuador.

Research Description

Daniel Nicolalde is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His focus area is Health Systems Engineering and specifically consumer health informatics. He plans to obtain his Ph.D. minor in Population Health Science.

Health interventions for youth commonly focus on problems behaviors and adhere to what is known as the deficit model for youth development. For the work in my dissertation I am interested in using a different perspective, which focuses on positive aspects of youth development and primarily focuses on health promotion. Positive youth development (PYD) perspective has been recognized as a leading framework to understand and develop interventions for young people. It focuses on the positive aspects of youth development and considers this age group as co-producers of their own development. I am proposing to develop and test design process to engage emerging adults (18 to 25 years old) in the design of a health interventions that can help them manage their own health during the transition between adolescence and adulthood. From an engineering perspective I am interested in learning what is the effect of the type of stimulus used to design and the design outcomes, additionally this dissertation contributes to the health literature by providing a methodology to incorporate emerging adults in design process of health interventions and it attempts to use a youth oriented theory.

Prior to joining the program, Nicolalde obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Ecuador. During his undergraduate program he studied abroad, finishing his senior year in Madison, WI. He decided to stay and work as an IT consultant in Instructional Communications Systems (ICS).