Gilbreth Fellowship Awardees 2019

Daniel L. Gonzales

Daniel L. Gonzales

Daniel L. Gonzales completed his PhD in the Applied Physics Program at Rice University, graduating in May 2019. He earned his BS in Physics at Angelo State University. Daniel’s research focuses on bridging the gap between engineering and neuroscience through the development of brain-machine interfaces. He will be working with his co-advisors, Dr. Krishna Jayant, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Scott Pluta, Assistant Professor of Biological Science, to develop a flexible nanoelectrode net to investigate sub-cellular integration at the cortical surface.


Melinda A. Lake

Melinda A. Lake completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University in May 2019, where she also received her MS in Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests are in microelectrochemical systems (MEMS), microfluidic devices, and cell mechanics. Melinda will be working with her co-advisors, Dr. Jacqueline Linnes, Marta E. Gross Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Steven Wereley, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and collaborator, Dr. Tamara Kinzer-Ursem, Marta E. Gross Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, to design a smartphone-based disease diagnostic platform to assist in the eradication of malaria.

Melinda A. Lake

Ke Ma

Ke Ma

Ke Ma received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in December 2017. She received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering & Technology from Zhejiang University. Her research interests include inorganic nanomaterials, photocatalysis, and DNA nanotechnology in catalysis and biomedicine. Ke will be working with her co-advisors, Dr. Letian Dou, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Jianguo Mei, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, to use polyelectrolytes to guide perovskite growth and improve their electronic properties for next-generation optoelectronics.


Marie Maros

Marie Maros completed her PhD at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, graduating August 2019, where she also received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering. She also has a BS and MS degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Her research interests include distributed optimization methods in time varying environments. Marie will be working with Dr. Gesualdo Scutari, Thomas and Jane Schmidt Rising Star Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, and Dr. Guang Cheng, Professor of Statistics, to develop a theory of the fundamental tradeoffs that govern statistical learning in a large-scale nonconvex networked setting.

Marie Maros

Hamid R. Seyf

Hamid R. Seyf

Hamid R. Seyf received a PhD degree from George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned two masters’ degrees, Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as an R&D engineer in the automotive and energy industries for two years. Hamid’s research interests include grid-scale energy conversion and storage, atomistic level modeling and simulation of thermal transport in various materials, solid-state energy conversion, and energy storage technologies. He will be working with his co-advisors, Dr. Vilas Pol, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Partha Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to suppress lithium dendrites in Li-S batteries.