Fellowship Awardees 2019

Daniel L. Gonzales

Daniel L. Gonzales - PhD, Rice University

Dr. Gonzales is working with 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. His research focuses on bridging the gap between engineering and neuroscience through the development of brain-machine interfaces.


Melinda A. Lake - PhD, The Ohio State University

Dr. Lake is working with 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 Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, to design a smartphone-based disease diagnostic platform to assist in the eradication of malaria. Her research interests are in microelectrochemical systems (MEMS), microfluidic devices, and cell mechanics.

Melinda A. Lake

Ke Ma

Ke Ma - PhD, University of Colorado – Boulder

Dr. Ma is working with 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. Her research interests include inorganic nanomaterials, photocatalysis, and DNA nanotechnology in catalysis and biomedicine.


Marie Maros – PhD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Dr. Maros is working with co-advisors, 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. Her research interests include distributed optimization methods in time varying environments.

Marie Maros

Hamid R. Seyf

Hamid R. Seyf – PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Seyf is working with 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. His 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.