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Juan-Pablo Almanza-Soto

Department or School: Aeronautics and Astronautics
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: Astrodynamics; finding Earth-Moon connections in the restricted three-body problem.
Career interest: I'd like to be a space mission designer, looking at either cislunar or interplanetary objectives.

Emily Bartusiak

Department or School: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research focuses on applying deep learning and machine learning techniques to signals, images, and videos for forensic, defense, and biomedical research.
Career interest: I strive to serve humanity through innovation, wherever my career takes me.

Tania Lee Class Martinez

Department or School: Chemical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research is focused on the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of nitrogen oxides for automotive emissions control strategies.
Career interest: I aspire to become an influential researcher in academia where, as a professor, I intend to help young scientists and engineers to continue discovering knowledge through research.

Laura Melissa Cruz Castro

Department or School: Engineering Education
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: The incorporation of human-centered data analytics in education
Career interest: I want to pursue a path in academia.

Abigail Ekeigwe

Department or School: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research is on developing and implementing competence-based regulatory sciences education for regulatory scientists in sub-Saharan Africa.
Career interest: My career goal is to work in the industry and serve as an adjunct faculty in my area of regulatory sciences expertise.

Ángel Enriquez

Department or School: Biomedical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: Developing implantable biomedical device technologies to improve their long term reliability and performance
Career interest: To achieve a professorship position where I can transition technologies to the clinic and provide opportunities for minorities to excel in higher education.

Andrea Felicelli

Department or School: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research interests include nanomaterials, additive manufacturing, sustainable energy, and bio-inspired technology.
Career interest: My future career interests are teaching in engineering higher education and working in academic research in materials and advanced manufacturing,

Rachel Gehr

Department or School: Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research explores how vacuum UV and photochemistry can be used for treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water sources.
Career interest: Upon completion of my PhD, I plan to pursue a faculty position at an R1 institution.

Mateo Gomez

Department or School: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: Laser Diagnostics and High-speed tomographic imaging of combusting environments.
Career interest: I want to continue doing research on next generation devices and advancing diagnostic capabilities to complement their development.

Vanessa Kwarteng

Department or School: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research interest using game-theory and reinforcement learning in modeling to develop resilient socio-technical systems.
Career interest: My career interests are focused on exploring roles in government, academia and the financial industry.

Danyel Martinez

Department or School: Mechanical Engineering
Rank: Master's (Thesis)
Research/Academic interest: Computational solid mechanics
Career interest: Technical leadership

Jesus Perez-Cardona

Department or School: Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: My research is focused on the redesign of products aiming to maximize the environmental and economic performance while minimizing non-intended consequences from a system perspective.
Career interest: I would like to combine my career path between academia as a professor and industry as an engineering consultant.

Laura Roa

Department or School: Biomedical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: I focus on unraveling the biophysical properties of dendritic spines using a combination of nano-electrophysiology, two-photon calcium imaging, transmitter uncaging, and SEM.
Career interest: I am interested in continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge on microcircuits of the cortex in a post-doctoral setting in order to continue a rigorous scientific training in a collaborative environment.

Ángel Santiago Colón

Department or School: Chemical Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: Study of heterogenous catalysts to convert methane to valuable chemicals
Career interest: Become a tenure-track professor in a research university and help on the professional development of future researchers.

Abhishek Kumar Umrawal

Department or School: Industrial Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: I develop machine learning algorithms for influence maximization over social networks.
Career interest: I would like to have a career in academic and industrial research.

Jose Waimin

Department or School: Materials Engineering
Rank: Ph.D.
Research/Academic interest: Design of sensors and devices for microbial activity diagnostics in agricultural, health, and food packaging industry.
Career interest: Looking forward to finishing my PhD and going into a career in Industry.