Jenna Mikus

    Jenna Mikus is a PhD candidate in the Urban Informatics group at QUT’s School of Design in the Creative Industries faculty. Jenna received her BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Entrepreneurship & Management) from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she was a Beneficial Hodson Scholar and her MSc degree in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London, UK where she was an AA bursary winner.

    With her background in engineering, sustainable design, and strategy consulting, she has developed a specialty in digital transformation implementations (originally across industries and, most recently, within the built environment), focusing not only on what should be done but also how and why. Before joining QUT, she founded the consultancy firm Eudae Group to advise clients on how to best apply Smart Building Technology (SBT) strategies to positively impact portfolio visibility, user experience, and occupant health & well-being. Jenna’s PhD research explores how human behaviour impacts SBT adoption, how that technology can impact health & well-being, and why that’s important, specifically for the older adult population.

    Specialties:

    • Professional Specialty: Change Management consulting in the Building Internet of Things (BIoT) market—resulting in Smarter Environments and Happier, Healthier Occupants
    • Research Specialty: Designing for the Digital Divide to Design for All—utilizing smart building technology to enhance the Health and Well-being of Aging Adults (and ultimately All)

    Focus Areas:

    • Smart Building Technology
    • Human Building Interaction (HBI)
    • Health & Wellness-focused, Salutogenic Design

    PhD Research:

    This doctoral research explores how Human Building Interaction (HBI)-based technologies and engagement mechanisms can be used to achieve enhanced health and well-being (a.k.a. Eudaemonia) for older adults in their homes. While her research focuses on the older adult demographic, her intent is to apply the findings as an approach to Design for All (DfA).