Nevin Brosius | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at University of Lille, France
Home Institution: University of Florida
Home Faculty Advisor:Ranga Narayanan, Distinguished Professor
IIE-GIRE Research Project: Faraday Instability
Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
Nevin Brosius is a third year PhD student at University of Florida in chemical engineering studying resonance and pattern formation in fluid mechanics.
Nevin’s research focuses on a resonant phenomenon involving fluid interfaces known as the Faraday instability, which has a wealth of applications in space-based technologies and the measurement of key thermophysical properties.
He is a recipient of the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF), a technology-driven program facilitating space-focused research of Faraday instability as a means to improve heat transfer operations in space. Nevin has thus far published in Nature npj Microgravity and has filed a patent for his work on the Faraday instability in levitated liquid droplets for the measurement of surface tension.
Michael Cimorelli | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at University of Amsterdam
Home Institution: Drexel University
Home Faculty Advisor: Steven Wrenn, Professor
IIE-GIRE Research Project: Cancer Diagnosis Using Vesicle Derived Biomarkers
Field of Study: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Michael Cimorelli is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department studying under the advisement of Dr. Steven Wrenn. The broader strokes of his research focus on the development of the next generation ultrasound enhancing agent that is engineered for quantifying myocardial perfusion, monitoring ischemia, and detecting infarction.
As a Ph.D. candidate in the Wrenn Lab, he specializes in medical imaging techniques, surface force interactions, and developing and characterizing lab-derived vesicles. With this GIRE Scholarship, he hopes to take his skill set that he’s honed in the Wrenn Lab and translate it to a new problem – developing a biomarker for kidney cancer from liquid biopsy by using Surface Plasmon Resonance Imaging under the guidance of Dr. Rienk Nieuwland at the University of Amsterdam’s Academic Medical College.
Katherine Dowdell | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Home Institution: University of Michigan
Home Faculty Advisor: Lutgarde Raskin, Professor
IIE-GIRE Research Project: Ozonation & Biological Filtration on Mycobacteria in Water
Field of Study: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Kate is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees at the University of Colorado where she worked on biofiltration in drinking water systems. She then went on to work for five years in environmental engineering consulting before joining Professor Lutgarde Raskin’s group as a PhD student in September 2017. She is co-advised by Professor John LiPuma from the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.
Her research focuses on Infections caused by bacterial opportunistic pathogens which are a growing global concern. Opportunistic pathogens, such as Legionella pneumophila and nontuberculous mycobacteria, generally do not infect healthy individuals, but pose a serious risk for those with compromised immune systems. As evidence builds that drinking water may be a significant exposure route, research into how water treatment processes influence concentrations of opportunistic pathogens in treated drinking water is needed. Kate’s work is focused on how the use of disinfectants in drinking water treatment influences opportunistic pathogen populations in tap water.
April Gadsby| IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at TU Delft
Home Institution: Georgia Tech
Home Faculty Advisor: Kari Watkins, Associate Professor
IIE-GIRE Research: Cyclist Stress in US and NL
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
April Gadsby is a PhD Student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research uses an instrumented bike and eye tracking glasses to understand the causes of cyclist stress and how to design bike infrastructure that attracts riders. In her free time she is a competitive powerlifter and enjoys swing dancing.
At TU Delft, during Gadsby’s IIE-GIRE research grant, she will develop a robust measure of stress for cyclists. The measure will be developed using survey methods, eye tracking glasses, and bikes equipped with sensors to understand the cyclists’ surroundings and their influence on cyclist stress. While there, additional data will be collected to compare the gaze behavior of a cyclist in rush hour dense cyclist traffic that occurs in the Netherlands compared to cyclists mixed with rush hour vehicular traffic that occurs in the United States. The differences in culture between the Netherlands and the United States provides a key opportunity to develop a more robust understanding of cyclist stress and behavior. The results of this work are expected to advance understanding of cyclist behavior which can improve transportation modeling and simulation and to aid in bicycle infrastructure design to encourage more active transportation.
Mike Jindra | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at Technical University of Denmark
Home Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Home Faculty Advisor: Brian Pfleger, Associate Professor
IIE-GIRE Research Project: Adaptive Evolution & Fatty Alcohol Fermentation
Field of Study: Metabolic Engineering
The focus of Mike Jindra’s research is enzyme engineering for enabling biological routes to oleochemicals. Mike was born and raised in the great city of Cleveland, OH, and he his undergraduate degree at Ohio State in Columbus. He had several wonderful mentors during this time who were instrumental in training him to be a better engineer and a better person. Because of them, he is in a very fortunate position to take advantage of the opportunities available at UW-Madison.
Mike is excited and grateful for the IIE-GIRE award, this upcoming summer. He is looking forward to this collaboration, and proposes it will lead to promising insights for developing industrially relevant bioprocesses for production of oleochemicals.
Rebecca Mckenzie | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at Technical University of Cambridge
Home Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Home Faculty Advisor: Aaron Batista, Associate Professor
IIE-GIRE Research: Hybrid AI System for Epilepsy Seizure Detection
Field of Study: Bioengineering: Neuroscience / Artificial Intelligence
Rebecca received a BS degree in Mathematical Physics from SUNY Buffalo. After working in research and industry at Brookhaven National Lab, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to pursue a career in artificial intelligence and robotics. She began her graduate career as an MS student in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Her MS research investigated the application of neural networks to the problem of precisely localizing seizure foci in epilepsy patients. This research provided a successful system that can be used as a tool by neurosurgeons. She continues this research as a PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rebecca’s research will address several limitations on artificial intelligence-based seizure detection and localization in epilepsy patients. She is developing a hybrid convolutional neural network utility that can accurately determine seizure initiation and localization in the cerebral cortex, using both the temporal as well as the spatial domain data for a patient EEG record. Also, the neural network is designed to retain successful identification results so the utility can improve its own accuracy in subsequent analyses of patient data, for a single patient over more than one recording session or from a number of patients.
Peter Schwarzenberg | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at University of Zurich
Home Institution: Lehigh University
Home Faculty Advisor: Hannah L. Dailey, Assistant Professor
IIE-GIRE Research: CT Scan Fracture Analysis of New Bone Fractures (in sheep)
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Peter Schwarzenberg is a third year PhD student at Lehigh University studying Mechanical Engineering. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. Under the direction of his PhD advisor, Dr. Hannah Dailey, his research is focused on modeling and analyzing orthopaedic trauma events such as bone fractures. Using engineering tools and skill sets, the Dailey Lab provides engineering analysis for improved clinical outcomes.
This project represents a continuation of a collaboration already begun between Lehigh University and the Musculoskeletal Research Unit (MSRU) at the University of Zurich. The IIE-GIRE program will allow Peter to travel to Zurich to further his research on large-scale preclinical orthopaedic models. During the course of the program, he will develop better constitutive mechanical models for the tissue that forms during the fracture healing process and translational methods for in vivo clinical modeling.
Emily Skiba | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at Kyushu University
Home Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Home Faculty Advisor: Nicola H. Perry, Assistant Professor
IIE-GIRE Research: Pulsed Laser Deposition Variables on properties of STF thin films
Field of Study: Material Science and Engineering
Emily Skiba is a graduate student in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.S in Physics from Loyola University, Chicago in 2016. Her current research includes the fabrication and characterization of mixed conducting oxides for application as cathode materials in solid oxide cell systems.
Her current project, sponsored by IIE-GIRE scholarship, will consist of fabricating strontium titanium iron oxide thin films with optimal oxygen reduction kinetics through a novel, non-equilibrium, low temperature pulsed laser deposition (PLD) approach, followed by characterization and morphological transformation in situ. Specifically, the project seeks to tailor non-equilibrium structure evolution by understanding how PLD process variables can be modified to control resulting film structures and properties.
Brodrick Stigall | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at University of Melbourne
Home Institution: Clemson University
Home Faculty Advisor: Kelly Caine, Associate Professor
IIE-GIRE Research Project: Older Adults' Perception/Use of Embodied Conversational Agents
Field of Study: Human-Centered Computing
Brodrick Stigall is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Tennessee and Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Brodrick spent 7 years working in E-Commerce at Fortune 500 companies International Paper Co. and AutoZone Inc. Both are located in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee.
Brodrick’s dream is to be research faculty at a premier academic institution. Through his example, he hopes to inspire minority students to pursue careers in STEM. Brodrick’s research focuses on virtual agents (also known as conversational agents and chatbots) which have the ability to dynamically change interaction with and adoption of technology especially among older adults (adults over 65). However little research has been done into how stereotyping of the agent itself can change those effects. This project is to evaluate the effects of stereotyping, specifically age stereotyping on human perception of conversational agents.
Matthew Turner | IIE-GIRE Fellow 2019
IIE-GIRE Fellow at Kyoto University-Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
Home Institution: University of New Hampshire (UNH)
Home Faculty Advisor: Majid Ghayoomi, Associate Professor
IIE-GIRE Research: Impact of Degree of Saturation in Soils to Seismic Response
Field of Study: Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering
Matthew Turner is a Ph.D. student at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) studying civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering. He graduated from UNH in 2018 with a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering. Throughout his time as an undergraduate he was an executive board member of the UNH Environmental Water Resources Institute, a professional development organization on campus. Additionally, throughout his summer’s, he was employed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Resources where he conducted inspections with both the Dam Bureau as well as the Hazardous Waste Remediation Bureau on hazardous waste generators and various lined/unlined landfill closures throughout the state. Outside of work and school he enjoy both mountain biking and skiing. After receiving his Ph.D. he hopes to pursue a Professional Engineering License while consulting for a private firm and to one-day return to academia as a Professor.
The title of Michael’s project is called “Seismic Ground Response Analysis of Sites with Variable Moisture Content due to Climate and Seasonal Hysteresis” and will be conducted at the Kyoto University-Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI). This project will investigate the effects of variation of moisture in soils on the response of geotechnical systems during earthquakes. The research process will include centrifuge physical modeling, response assessment of instrumented sites, and statistical uncertainty evaluation based on the numerical sensitivity analysis.