2014

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Khaled Adjerid

Khaled received his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2009 at Virginia Tech. He continued his education at the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS), defending an MS thesis focusing on reducing fatigue for commercial truck drivers. He is now a PhD Student in the Engineering Mechanics Graduate Program, conducting a study in the field of bio-inspired design. His research interests are in safety technologies and advancements that can be made by discovering, understanding and applying designs found in nature.

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Lu Chen

Lu Chen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Mechanical Engineering. She received her B.Eng. in Power Engineering and Thermal Physics from Southeast University and completed a Master’s program dealing with coal combustion in fluidized beds (co-worked with the Babcock & Wilcox company). Her research focuses on multiphase flow, and using computational fluid dynamics to explore issues related to thermal science. Now she is doing the simulation of gas-liquid flow in the bioreactor of waste water.

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Shelley Cooke

Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Shelley got her undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. This past semester she finished her Masters in Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech and is continuing on to complete her Ph.D. as a part of the Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. The little time spent not at school or work, she spends outside if possible, hiking with her enthusiastic dog or attending various music shows. Shelley is excited to be joining the interdisciplinary research honor society and cannot wait to get further involved.

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Joel Garrett

Joel is a doctoral student in the biomedical engineering department (SBES). He works with Dr. Jake Socha and Dr. Rafael Davalos to develop novel microfluidic devices inspired by insect internal physiology. He obtained a BS in BME from Georgia Tech and a MS in BME from Duke University. His primary research interest is in biologically-inspired design, with a focus toward entomology, marine biology, and implantable micro-devices.

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Saeed Izadi

A PhD student in the Engineering Science and Mechanics department at Virginia Tech, Saeed is primarily interested in Computational Molecular Biophysics. He is currently working as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Onufriev in the Computer Science department. In his research, he develops theoretical and computational methods to understand the functions and dynamics of biomolecular systems. In particular, he combines the concepts in biology and fluid mechanics to develop more accurate models for the solvent environment. Saeed graduated from Iran University of Science and Technology with a B.Sc. In Mechanical Engineering. He also has a M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology.

 

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Aaron P Johnson

Aaron Johnson is a doctoral student in the School of Education – where he supervises/advises pre-service social studies teachers enrolled in the university’s History and Social Science licensure program.  Aaron’s research interests include citizenship and global education, specifically identifying/understanding the emerging complexities of globalization in relation to traditional citizenship constructs.  Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Aaron taught middle grades social studies for six years in North Carolina, while earning a M.Ed. from North Carolina State University. Aaron is currently working alongside scholars from Computer Science, History, and Education to develop an augmented reality field experience for local fifth grade students.

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Roozbeh Kalhor

Roozbeh is a PhD student in Engineering Science and Mechanics Department and M. Sc. student in Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program. His main research interests are molecular dynamics simulation, mechanical and thermal characterization of polymeric materials. He is currently working on “PEGylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes as drug delivery vehicles” and “reinforcing metal structures by polymeric materials, carbon nanotubes and ZnO nanorods”. The projects require a fundamental understanding of biology, nanotechnology, and materials characterization techniques. He also holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering.

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Rachael Eve Kennedy

As a doctoral student in the Department of Agriculture and Extension Education, with a focus on community viability, Rachel seeks genuine community engagement to address the “wicked problems” of our era.

Epistemologically, her work is rooted in transformative paradigms. Specifically, her research is embedded within the community foods discourse. She has expanded into theories and practices from leadership studies, political science, sociology, urban planning, and even arts-based research.

Previously, she worked for 12 years in Public Health and was a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Her Master’s is in Nutrition (International Health) and Bachelor’s is in Journalism and Environmental Science.

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Melissa Kenny

Melissa is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering department. She graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a BS in Biological Engineering. She is currently a member of the MultiSTEPS program at Virginia Tech and works with Dr. Jake Socha. Her research focuses on organismal comparative biomechanics, specifically looking at the fluid flow and mechanisms behind the respiratory and circulatory systems of insects. This interdisciplinary project works on the interface of engineering, biology, and entomology to further understand these systems and potentially use them for biologically-inspired design techniques.

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Erin E Poor

Erin is a doctoral student in the Geospatial and Environmental Analysis Program and in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation. In her research, she uses GIS, genetics and wildlife biology to identify functional and structural connectivity of Sumatran tigers in a landscape fragmented by oil palm plantations. Erin received her master’s from Duke University in 2010 and majored in Biology and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Erin is an intermediate Indonesian speaker and loves traveling.

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Tracee L Popielarczyk

Tracee is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a M.S. in Cell & Developmental Biology from Thomas Jefferson University in 2011. As a Stamps Fellow and with her involvement in the Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, she is continuing her research in the Regenerative Medicine field. Her research focuses on the behavioral responses of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to microenvironmental cues in tendon regeneration. A better understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved in these processes will contribute to optimization of therapeutic MSC use.

 

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Jie Ren

Jie is a Ph.D. student in the Geospatial and Environmental Analysis Program, Department of Geography, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech. She is also a student in the Remote Sensing Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program. In her research she investigates agricultural systems and their changes with remote sensing techniques.

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Elham Mohammad Zadeh

Elham Zadeh is currently a PhD student at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the Collage of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech. She got her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (2002-2006), and her Master’s at the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM) 2009-2012 in the same major. Her research interest is in biopolymer-based packaging.

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