NextProf Fall Workshop Participants (K-Z)


Jeonghee Kim

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jeonghee Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology advised by Dr. Stephen P. DeWeerth. Her research interests are system design for biomedical and rehabilitation system in real-time closed-loop and embedded mobile/wearable applications, human computer interaction, and assistive technologies.

Lydie Louis

Materials Science and Engineering

Lydie Louis is a postdoctoral fellow at UCONN Institute of Materials Science. She earned her PhD in Microelectronic and Photonics from the University of Arkansas and Ecole Centrale Paris. Her current work includes the study of Multifunctional ferroic materials using first-principles computational techniques. She is also interested in predictive analytics and machine learning.

Lauren Lowman

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lauren Lowman is a 4th year PhD student at Duke University in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Hydrology and Fluid dynamics. Her current research focuses on a process-based understanding of how disturbance regimes impact ecosystem water availability and carbon assimilation by vegetation.

Erika Moore

Biomedical Engineering

Erika Moore is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. She has been awarded the following accolades: NSF GRFP Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Dean’s Graduate Fellowship and James B. Duke Fellowship via the Duke Graduate School. She has authorship on 5 peer reviewed publications.

Aeriel Murphy

Materials Science and Engineering

Aeriel Murphy is a 4th Year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Metallurgical Engineering. She is heavily involved in outreach programs for minority women in the K-12 system.

Anna Nagle

Biomedical Engineering

Anna Nagle’s research focuses on the use of imaging for non-invasive characterization of soft tissues. Her doctoral work used ultrasound imaging to measure deformation of the pelvic floor muscles in women with pelvic organ prolapse. Her postdoctoral work concerns using ultrasound to measure bladder motion and geometry in overactive-bladder patients.

Moussa N’Gom


Moussa’s Ph.D’s research used near field optics together with electron energy loss spectroscopy to fully characterize the plasmon modes of noble metal nano-structures. Presently, he works as a visiting associate research scientist in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan investigating coherent light scattering through turbid media.

Maria Nieves-Melendez

Civil Engineering

María Nieves-Melendez attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on evaluating the resilience of ground transportation systems when subject to disaster events.

Rafael Patrick

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Rafael Noel Clarkston Patrick is currently a doctoral candidate at North Carolina A&T State University. Majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering, he specializes in human factors research. Upon graduation, Rafael intends to pursue a career in academia as a tenured professor at a well-respected research intensive university.

Daniel Pineda

Mechanical Engineering

Daniel Ivan Pineda was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1989. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Since 2012, he has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he investigates advanced ignition strategies for automotive engines.

Javier Pulecio


Javier F. Pulecio is a national research council fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research revolves around emergent technologies which has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature Communications and featured by DOE. He is currently investigating 2D materials systems and interfacial structure-spin-charge phenomena.

Michael Reddick

Chemical Engineering

Michael Redick is 4th year Chemical Engineering PhD at Stanford. His research interests include biophysics (e.g. chromatin, mechanobiology) and developmental biology. In addition to a career in academia, he hopes to be an advocate on behalf of marginalized groups overwhelmingly denied the quality of life enjoyed by the majority.

Andrea Rodarte


Andrea received her BS in physics from CSU Fresno in 2004. She spent 5 years as an electrical engineer before returning to academia. In 2014 She received her PhD from UC Merced studying the integration of quantum dots and liquid crystals. Now a postdoc at UCSD, she studies plasmonic nanoparticles.

Evan Thomas

Solid-State Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Evan L. Thomas received his Ph.D. from LSU in Solid-State Inorganic Chemistry, and currently works as a Materials Scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute – AFRL. He leads sponsored research emphasizing the processing and characterization of materials, and has developed a novel high-throughput combinatorial approach to identify advanced thermoelectric materials.

Natascha Trellinger

Engineering Education

Natascha M. Trellinger (B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, 2013) is a PhD candidate at Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education. Her dissertation focuses on the pathways and teaching practices of engineering faculty at institutions with varying research and teaching activity to inform graduate student programming and development.

Cori Watson

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Cori Watson is a PhD student in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia, where she also received her undergraduate education with degrees in electrical engineering and physics. Her research interests including fluid mechanics, rotating machinery, computational fluid dynamics. Cori will complete her PhD in May.

Marjorie Willner

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Marjorie’s research focuses on the development of a high-throughput nanotechnology-enabled platform for single cell detection. Her passion lies in the detection, surveillance and mitigation of environmental contaminants with a particular interest on translating biomedical technologies for clean water applications. Marjorie’s laboratory work is complemented by her science outreach and communication efforts.

Brandon Wong

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Brandon Wong is a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on improving city-wide water quality and flood mitigation by using real-time monitoring and control to instantly “redesign” urban stormwater systems to respond to evolving land uses and storm events.

Johnny Worthy

Aerospace Engineering

Johnny L Worthy III is an aerospace PhD student at Georgia Tech focusing on astrodynamics specifically with respect to space situational awareness. He is an NSF GRFP fellow and was previously funded through the GEM Fellowship. His research interests include astrodynamics, system simulation, and systems engineering.

Lindsay Yee

Environmental Science and Engineering

Lindsay Yee earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Caltech and is currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow under Professor Allen Goldstein at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on understanding the chemistry of the atmosphere, including the role of organic aerosols in Earth’s climate system and biogeochemical cycles.