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2022-2023 Leadership

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Sarah is a  Ph.D. candidate in Engineering Education Research studying engineering graduate students' mental health. She has a background in electrical engineering and with mixed methods research. Sarah likes to relax and recharge by camping, watching movies, gardening, and quality time with her puppers.

Sarah Jane (SJ) Bork

Co-Director

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Charlotte is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering. She is studying the self-assembly of nanoparticles with computational simulations. She enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.

Charlotte Zhao

Co-Director

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Michele Appledorn

Secretary

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Lauren Cooper is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, working on creating novel setups for few-cycle pulses in fiber lasers. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2019. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, running, reading the classics, and learning Russian.

Lauren Cooper

Treasurer

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Nicole Campbell

Outreach

Nicole is a second-year M.S. student in Robotics. Her research interests are perception and motion planning for autonomous robots. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking new recipes, and taking barre classes. 

Cecelia is a Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She is studying polymer design for soft robotics in the Pena-Francesch lab. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Cecelia received her BS in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, MN. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, camping, baking, and embroidering.

Cecelia is a Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She is studying polymer design for soft robotics in the Pena-Francesch lab. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Cecelia received her BS in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, MN. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, camping, baking, and embroidering.

Cecelia is a Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She is studying polymer design for soft robotics in the Pena-Francesch lab. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Cecelia received her BS in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, MN. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, camping, baking, and embroidering.

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Sara is a first-year graduate student that is pursuing dual master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Sustainable Systems. Her research interests include value-added products from waste streams, aviation biofuels, and topics that incorporate energy and environmental justice. She earned her B.S.Ch.E. and a minor in Political Science from the University of Idaho in May 2022. In her free time, she enjoys alpine skiing, cooking, or binging a true-crime docu-series or podcast.

Sara Murphy

Outreach

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Cecelia is a Ph.D. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. She is studying polymer design for soft robotics in the Pena-Francesch lab. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Cecelia received her BS in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas, MN. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, camping, baking, and embroidering.

Cecelia Kinane

Outreach

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Yingxiao Zhang is a Ph.D. student in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, studying biosphere-atmosphere interactions and the effects of climate change. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. In her free time, she enjoys doing outdoor activities, eating good food, and hanging out with friends.

Yingxiao Zhang

Networking

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Abitha is a Master's student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specializing in integrated circuits and VLSI. She received her Bachelor's degree from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and taking walks.

Abitha Thyagarajan

Networking

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Alex is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research focuses on next generation solid state battery electrolytes. She graduated with a B.S. and M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Materials Science and Engineering with minors in Hispanic Studies, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, and Biomedical Engineering. She is from Southborough, Massachusetts and in her free time she enjoys playing soccer, running, and reading. 

Alex Moy

Activities

Tasmine is a PhD student in Bioinformatics and Computational Science. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time she enjoys propagating succulents and exploring food around Metro-Detroit. 

Tasmine Clement

Activities

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Aylin is a first-year M.S. student in Computer Science Engineering and works in the Language and Information Technologies Lab. In her free time, she enjoys reading, charcoal drawing, and walking her dog around downtown Ann Arbor.

Aylin Gunal

Activities

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Vibhavari is a second year Masters student in Biomedical Engineering. She works in the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab and her research interests include powered prosthesis and rehabilitation.

Vibhavari Vempala

Professional Development

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Courtney is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, advised by Dr. Andre Boehman with a focus on diesel engines fueled with alternative fuels. She grew up in Haverhill, MA, and received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Merrimack College in 2019 with minors in mathematics and business management. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, cooking, learning new things, and buying too many plants.

Courtney Videchak

Professional Development

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Sophie Lee

Operations

Sophie is a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering. Her study focuses on the computational modeling of active colloidal matter. She likes to try different baking recipes on Youtube and watch good Movies/TV shows to relax. 
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Onyinye Nwankwo

External Relations

Onyinye is a PhD student in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. Her research mainly focuses on the study of the electrodynamic coupling of the ionosphere-thermosphere system.

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Penny Kitsopoulos

DEI

Penny is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering (ME) with her research focused on the improvement of hearing aids and cochlear implants. She completed her bachelor's degree (also in ME) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Some of her hobbies include reading, traveling, listening to classical music, watching movies/shows, and hiking. 
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Wutt Kyi is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering from Yangon, Myanmar. Her research focuses on utilizing computational modeling to improve chronic pain treatment through spinal cord stimulation. She graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Neuropsychology from Bucknell University. In her spare time, she loves sketching and playing badminton.

Wutt Kyi

DEI

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Alia is a Ph.D. student in Robotics researching multi-agent systems and human-robot interaction. She obtained a B.S.E in Engineering (Robotics) at Arizona State University. Her interests include traveling, reading, weightlifting, running, and watching movies.

Alia Gilbert

Membership

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Meagan is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on making computational models of spinal cord stimulation for neuropathic pain. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering from Kansas State University. In her free time, she likes to run, embroider, and hang out with her dog.

Meagan Brucker-Hahn

Media

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Anna Nickel

USWE Liason

Anna is a junior in undergrad studying electrical engineering and minoring in german. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and hammocking with her friends! 

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Nancy Wen

Membership

Nancy is a PhD student in Applied Physics. Her research focuses on exploring the quantum behavior of two-dimensional semiconductors. Originally from the southeast part of China, she likes cooking, reading, and designing some fun stuff.

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Miya Paserba

External Relations (Career Fair)

Miya Paserba is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering studying immunometabolism. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a Bachelor's and Master's degree. When she manages to find free time outside of lab, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and playing with her blind cat named Miso.

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Elizabeth Healy

LSWE Liason

Elizabeth is a master's student pursuing a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Systems. Her research interests include enabling next-generation batteries as well as energy and environmental justice. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her cat.