2017 Fall Workshop Participants (I-P)

Adrian Ildefonso
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adrian Ildefonso received the B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2014) and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2017). He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering with the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Nisha Iyer
Biomedical Engineering

Nisha received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Her research focuses on developing region-specific spinal cell populations from human pluripotent stem cells for transplantation following spinal cord injury.


Corine Jackman
Chemical Engineering

Corine Jackman is from Long Island and earned a B.S. in Chemical engineering at Howard University. In the Lin lab at the University of Michigan, Corine aims to advance women’s health by way of micro-droplet technologies. Corine is a Rackham Merit fellow, a Ford Foundation recipient, and an NSF fellow.



Angela Jimenez Valencia
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Angela is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins (JHU) School of Medicine developing microfluidic clinical assays on disposable silicon chips for point-of-need diagnostics. She received her PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from JHU where she developed biophysical models to study the spatiotemporal behavior of cancer organoids within 3D matrices.


Natalie Larson

Natalie Larson is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Materials department at University of California, Santa Barbara, and an Advanced Light Source Doctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. In addition to her research, she has a passion for creating and sustaining diversity in STEM through leadership and mentoring.



Cynthia Lee
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cynthia Lee is a PhD candidate in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is also a President’s Fellow. Her research interests are in risk/reliability analysis and computational methods for improving for critical public infrastructure monitoring, damage detection, and community resilience.

Yolanda Lin
Civil and Environmental Engineering

I am a PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University focusing on Structural Engineering. I currently study Bayesian inference problems as applied to dynamic, multi-physics systems. I also hold an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a AB/BE in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.



Katharina Maisel
Institute for Molecular Engineering

Katharina is postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. She obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering as NSF Fellow from the Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include developing immuntherapeutics for treating mucosal diseases, and in vitro model systems for better understanding disease pathology.


Laura Matloff
Mechanical Enginering

Laura Matloff is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department at Stanford University. She studies bird flight and creates their bio-inspired robotic counterparts in the Lentink Lab. Before attending Stanford, she earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.



Selin Merdan
Industrial and Operations Engineering

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. I am working with Brian Denton on healthcare applications in operations research. My research interests lie at the intersection of data-driven optimization and machine learning for important practical problems in healthcare.


Chukwuebuka Nweke
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chukwuebuka (Buka) Nweke is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, who is soon to be a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA. He is fascinated by nature and hopes to gain some understanding of the underlying governing mechanisms. He is also enjoys music, woodworking, and challenging puzzles, to name a few.



Kevin Orner
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kevin Orner is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, where he studies nutrient and energy recovery from wastewater. Kevin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Panama 2009-2011) and a Fulbright Scholar (Costa Rica 2018).



Corey Oses
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

I am a PhD Candidate in Materials Science at Duke University. I am particularly interested in materials informatics, the cross section between materials discovery and machine learning. I graduated with a BS from Cornell University in Applied Engineering and Physics. Originally, I am from Bloomfield, New Jersey.



Hector Perez
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hector Perez received the B.S. and M.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from the California State University-Northridge and the University of Michigan (UofM), respectively, and the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley (UCB). He is currently a Joint Postdoctoral Researcher at UCB/UofM working on Optimal Control of Lithium-Ion Batteries.



Daniel Porto

Daniel is a Ph.D. candidate in BioEngineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research focuses on integrating optical, genetic, and quantitative tools to study the nervous system of Caenorhabditis elegans. He has received a B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.


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Maribel Jaquez

Laura Lanier

Elizabeth Maroon

Renato Navarro