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Current IGERT Fellows

Alex Dale (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bilec & Dr. Joe Marriott
Research Interests:Energy/ Water scenarios and environmental costs, Community-based sustainability, Cybercommunities

Current Position: Executive Director, Engineers for a Sustainable World  

Justin DeBlois

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor: Dr. Laura Schaefer
Research Interests: photovoltaic energy conversion and the optimization of solar thermal systems for domestic applications.

Current Position: Energy Modeling Engineer, Setty & Associates, Ltd. 

Candice DeLeo (PhD awarded 2010)

Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor:  Dr. Sachin Velankar
Research Interests: starch-based renewable polymer blends in hopes to improve durability and practical use while maintaining biodegradable properties.

Current Position: Senior Chemist, Avon Cosmetics

Scott Gibb

Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor:  Dr. Eric Beckman
Research Interests: looking at alternatives to PVC for piping; utilizing GaBi life cycle analysis (LCA) software to screen potential alternatives.

Michael Ikeda (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor:  Dr. Laura Schaefer
Research Interests: sustainable energy research, specifically in developing societies.

Current Position: Senior Engineer, United Technologies Research Center

Chuck Jewart (PhD awarded 2011)

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Kevin P. Chen
Research Interests: finite element design of microstructural optical fibers for structural health monitoring and environmental sensing applications

Current Position: Senior Optical Engineer, JDS Uniphase

Tony Kerzmann (PhD awarded 2010)

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor:  Dr. Laura Schaefer
Research Interests: sustainable/alternative energy, microchannel flow and refrigeration, green construction.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Robert Morris University

Curtis Larimer (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisors: Dr. Ian Nettleship
Research Interests: water treatments in developing countries, inexpensive clay ceramic water filters, silver nanoparticles as a disinfectant for drinking water and the mobility and effect of nanoparticles in the environment, particularly in water.

Current Position: IC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Danielle Miller

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor: Dr. Jeffery Vipperman
Research Interests: systems and controls, sustainable innovation and green building design and construction

Briana Niblick (PhD awarded 2012)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Amy Landis & Dr. Melissa Bilec
Research Interests: characterization of land use impacts and evaluation of land use change using life cycle assessment

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Fraunhofer IBP (GaBi)

Michael Richard (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Kent Harries
Research Interests: Structural Engineering and Design; Green Building and Construction

Current Position: Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

David Sanchez (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Radisav Vidic and Dr. Minhee Yun
Research Interests: high-tech low energy water and wastewater treatment systems, and studying the reuse of water in gridless systems.

Bhavna Sharma (PhD awarded 2010)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Kent Harries
Research Interests: sustainable development and hazard mitigation using indigenous materials and building techniques.

Current Position: Visiting Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh & Lecturer, Robert Morris University

Current Position:  Research Associate, University of Cambridge

Scott Shrake (PhD awarded 2012)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisors: Dr. Amy Landis
Research Interests: management research interests include renewable energy sources and reducing environmental impacts from human actions.

Current Position: Director of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Arizona State University

Cassie Thiel (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bilec
Research Interests: sustainability and structures

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh


Current GAANN Fellows

Patrick Bartlow (PhD awarded 2011)

Department: Bioengineering
Advisors: Dr. Mohammad Attai
Research Interests: purification strategies for therapeutic recombinant proteins from bacterial hosts as well as expressing, purifying, and characterizing a novel fusion enzyme capable of carbon dioxide sequestration using cellulose as a adhesion substrate.

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmaceutical Science, University of Pittsburgh

Veronica Miller (PhD awarded 2010)

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor:  Dr. Laura Schaefer
Research Interests: hydrokinetic energy extraction modeling for a more environmentally friendly approach to hydropower extraction in support of a more sustainable energy system; also looking at cooperation in environmental sensory, vibration control, and advanced environmental measurementtools associated with these types of technologies.

Michelle Najera (PhD awarded 2013)

Department: Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Goetz Veser
Research Interests: sustainable applications for chemical looping

Current Position: Associate Downstream Development Associate, CMC Biologics

Andrew Trapp (PhD awarded 2011)

Department: Industrial Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Oleg Prokopyev
Research Interests: mathematical optimization using integer and stochastic programming.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Florian Zink (PhD awarded 2010)

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Advisor:  Dr. Laura Schaefer
Research Interests: energy systems and heat transfer.

Current Position: Engine Calibration Development, Volkswagen AG

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