2017 Fall Workshop Participants (R-Z)

Astrid Raisanen
Aerospace Engineering

Astrid Raisanen is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering in the Nonequilibrium Gas and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Iain Boyd at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on modeling the physical processes that govern the dynamics of plasma in Hall effect thrusters.


Kathlene Reeve
Materials Engineering

Kathlene (Kate) Reeve graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Materials Engineering, with minors in Nuclear Engineering and Economics. Kate is currently a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University, researching the nucleation of beta-tin in tin-based solder alloys.


Brittany Segundo

Brittany Segundo received her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from N.C. State University. Upon graduation, she worked as a management consultant in the medical device industry. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M, where her focus is applied operations research and stochastic optimization.

Sara Shashaani
Industrial Engineering

I am a post-doc in Guikema research group with projects focusing on sustainability and infrastructure risk analysis. I received my PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, December 2016. I am passionate about teaching and enjoy doing research, though I struggle to find an equilibrium for both.


Ciara Sivels
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Ciara Sivels is a PhD candidate in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences department at the University of Michigan. She received her bachelors in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT. Her research focuses on the development of advanced radioxenon detectors to monitor nuclear explosions for treaty verification.


Emilie Siverling
Engineering Education

Emilie A. Siverling is a Ph.D. Student in Engineering Education and an M.S.Ed. student in Science Education at Purdue University. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a high school chemistry and physics teacher. She received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.


Tiffanie Smith
Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Tiffanie R. Smith is a student at the University of Florida pursuing her doctoral degree in Human Centered Computing. Her research interests include educational technologies & broadening minority participation in STEM. Her career goals include returning to an HBCU as a professor and opening a non-profit STEM center for underrepresented minorities.


Lauren Steimle
Industrial and Operations Engineering

Lauren Steimle is a PhD candidate in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on computational optimization under uncertainty with applications to medical decision-making for cardiovascular disease.



William Tarpeh
Civil and Environmental Engineering

William Tarpeh is a postdoctoral research fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan working on detecting pharmaceuticals and transformation products during urine treatment. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University.

Erin Teich
Applied Physics

Erin is a PhD candidate in the Applied Physics Program at University of Michigan. She works in Prof. Sharon Glotzer’s group, where she computationally investigates self-assembly processes in biological and materials systems. She received her Sc.B. in physics from Brown University in 2011.




Umit Tursun
Industrial Engineering

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Illinois Center for Transportation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my PhD (“Random Projection Methods for Stochastic Convex Minimization”, 2013) at Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . I received my MS degree at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of Transportation Engineering (2006).


Xueju Wang
Mechanical Engineering

Xueju “Sophie” Wang is currently a postdoctoral fellow working with Professor John A. Rogers in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. Her research interests lie at the mechanics and materials in energy storage and bio-integrated electronics.


Monique Wilburn
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

After obtaining an Aerospace Engineering B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, she began her NASA career. For contributions to battery technology development, she received several Technical Excellence Awards and an Early Career Achievement Medal for outstanding leadership. While working full-time, she completed her Chemical Engineering Ph.D. at University of Houston.

Travis Williams
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Travis Williams is a PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a BSEE and MSEE from North Carolina State University. He is interested in utilizing deep learning and image processing to aid in advancements in detection and eventual cures of health ailments.




Abigail Wooldridge
Industrial and Systems Engineering

Abigail Wooldridge is a doctoral student in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supervised by Pascale Carayon. Her primary research interest is the analysis, modeling and (re)design of complex sociotechnical systems in healthcare. She is currently conducting mixed methods research examining team cognition in hospital-based care transitions.


Andre Zeumault
Electrical Engineering

Dr. Zeumault is a postdoctoral scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley advised by Professor Vivek Subramanian. His current research involves solution-processed amorphous conductive metal-oxides for thin-film thermoelectrics and electronics.


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Alicia Schooley

Emily Tucker