Alumni

PhD Students – University of Akron

Rodger Dilla
(2014 – 2019) – BS, The University of Pittsburgh, Then Senior Scientist III, Bridgestone-Firestone
Cecilia Motta
(2014 – 2019) – BS, University of San Paulo, Then Postdoctoral Fellow Wake Forest University
Alex Kleinfehn
(2014 – 2019) – BS, The University of Minnesota, Morris, Then Research Scientist, Medtronic
Yuanyuan Luo
(2013 – 2019) – BS, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Then Postdoctoral Scientist, UCLA Bioengineering
Elena Silantyeva
(2013 – 2019) – BS, Moscow State University, Then Senior Scientist RxSight, Inc.
Nathan Dreger
(2015 – 2019) – BS, Mount Union University, Then Senior Research Scientist, PolyOne
Keke Chen
(2014 – 2019) – BS, University of Science and Technology, China, Then Research Scientist, Teknor Apex
Shan Li
(2012 – 2018) – BS, Sichuan University, Then Research Scientist, Cyclopure
Zachary Zander
(2013 – 2018) – BS, St. Norbert College, Then Senior Research Scientist, PolyOne
Vrushali Bhagat
(2012 – 2018) – BS, UCT Mumbai, Then Senior Scientist III, Bridgestone-Firestone
Jiayi Yu
(2011 – 2018) – BS, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Then Senior Scientist, 21st Century Medical Technologies
Erin P Childers
(2011 – 2016) – BS, Ursilin College, Then Postdoctoral Scholar, Arizona State University, now Senior Scientist, W.R. Gore
Mary Beth Wade
(2011 – 2016) – BS, The University of Akron, Then Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University – David Dean, Plastic Surgery, now Senior
Yaohua Gao
(2011 – 2016) – BS, Nankai University, Then Senior Scientist, ExxonMobil, Now Senior Research Scientist, 3M
Gina M Policastro
(2011 – 2016) – BS, Washington and Jefferson University, Then postdoctoral fellow UCSD – Nathan Gianneschi & Karen Christman, Now Research Scientist - Carbon
Adrian Defante
(2010 – 2016) – BS, University of Cincinnati (w/ A Dhinojwala), Then NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, NIST, now Staff Scientist NIST
Jinjun Zhou
(2010 – 2015) – BS, Nanjing University, Then Senior Scientist - Baxter International
Jukuan Zheng
(2010 – 2015) – BS, Peking University, Then Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Theresa Rieneke at The University of Minnesota, Postdoctoral Scholar
Wen Tang
(2009 – 2014) – BS, Peking University, Then Postdoctoral Fellow w/ Robert Langer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Then Assistant Professor – South China University ST
Yanrui Ma
(2009 – 2014) – BS, University of Science and Technology of China, Then MBA student, Emory University
Marcela Castano
(2009 – 2014) – BS, Antioqua Univ. - Columbia (w/ J Puskas), Then Senior Research Scientist, Avery Dennison, Now Research Scientist III Bridgestone Firestone
Fei Lin
(2009 – 2014) – BS, Nankai University, Then Research Scientist, PolyOne, now Senor Scientist, Covestro
Tingling Rao
(2010 – 2013) – BS, USTC, Then Research Scientist 3M, Now Research Scientist, Intel
Jing Yu
(2009 – 2012) – BS, USTC (w/ G Carri), Then Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oklahoma, Now Data Scientist

MS Students

Ryan Sayko
(2017 – 2019) – BS, Allegheny College
Zeyu Wang
(2018 – 2020) – BS, Donghua University
Nishtha Pant
(2017 – 2019) – BS, ICT Mumbai
Erik Crenshaw
(2016 – 2019) – BS, California Polytechnic SLO
Peiru Chen
(2016 – 2018) – BS, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Then PhD student, Northeastern University
Yusheng Chen
(2016 – 2018) – BS, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Then PhD student Nanjing, China
Hao Li
(2015 – 2017) – BS, Donghua University, Then PhD Student, Nottingham University, UK
Ronghui Hui
(2014 – 2016) – BS, Donghua University, Then PhD Student, Queens College, Canada
Cecilla Motta
(2014 – 2016) – BS, University of San Paulo, Then PhD Student, at the University of Akron
Gabrielle Sieffert
(2014 – 2016) – BS, The University of Akron, Then Dental School, Case Western Reserve University
Huifeng Wang
(2013 – 2015) – BS, East China University of Science and Technology, MS 2015, Then PhD student – University of Akron Chemical Engineering
Qiyao Yu
(2013 – 2015) – BS, Beijing University of Science and Technology, MS 2015, Then PhD student – Penn State Bioengineering
Geng Hua
(2012 – 2014) – BS, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, MS 2014, Now PhD Student, KTH, Stockholm Sweden
Sibai Xie
(2011 – 2013) – BS, Soochow University, MS 2013, Now PhD student, University of California, San Diego
Tianyi Yu
(2011 – 2013) – BS, ECUST, MS 2013, Then PhD student, Louisiana State University

Postdocs Mentored

Gaelle Le Fer, Ph.D.
(2018 - present) –University of Bordeaux, S Lecommandoux, advisor. Then Assistant Professor, École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (France)
Felix Zhao, Ph.D.
(2017 – 2018) – The Ohio State University, J Guan, advisor. Then Staff Scientist, US FDA - CDRH
James Wilson, Ph.D.
(2015 – 2017) – University of Warwick, AP Dove, advisor. Then instructor, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
Greg Peterson, Ph.D.
(2015 – 2017) – University of Washington, AJ Boydston, advisor. Then Research Professor and Senior Scientist, Seoul National University
Yanyi Xu, Ph.D.
(2016 – 2017) – The Ohio State University, J Guan, advisor. Then Assistant Professor, Fudan University, Department of Public Health.
Siamak Al Salem, Ph.D.
(2015 – 2016) – University of Akron, RA Weiss, advisor. Then Scientist Purdue University, Department of Materials Engineering.
Laura A. Smith, Ph.D.
(9/09 – 3/2013) – U of Michigan, PX Ma, advisor. Then Assistant Professor, University of Texas Houston Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery
Khaled A. Aamar, Ph.D.
(12/06 –9/2010) - U of Massachusetts – Amherst, Greg Tew, advisor - NIST-RESBIO Fellow – Then Senior Scientist, The Pall Corporation, Now Senior Research Scientist Pfizer
Nicole M. Moore, Ph.D.
(7/08 – 9/2010) - Washington University, Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, advisor - NIST-NRC Fellow, Then Program Manager, National Cancer Institute, then, Assistant Vice President of Research, Northwestern University, now Associate Vice President for Research, Washington University
Michael C. Weiger, Ph.D.
(7/08 – 9/2010) - NC State University, Jason Haugh, advisor - NIST-NRC Fellow - Then Instructor, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jung Jin Park, Ph.D.
(6/08 – 6/09) - University of Maryland, Guest Researcher – Then Research Scientist, University of Maryland
Abby Whittington, Ph.D.
(11/06 -2/08) - U of Illinois, Russell Jamison, advisor - NIST-NRC Fellow - Then Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Departments of Material Science and Engineering & Chemical Engineering
Marc D. Roy, Ph.D.
(7/06 -5/08) - Boston College, Shana O. Kelly, advisor - NIST-NRC Fellow – Then Senior Research Scientist, Pfizer; Now, Direcetor of Preclinical R&D Serepta Therapuetics
Silvia H. Lacerda, Ph.D.
(3/06 -2/09) - U of San Paulo, Brazil, Frank Quina, advisor - Guest Researcher – Then ORISE Fellow, US Food and Drug Administration – Now Permanent Scientific Staff, US FDA – CEDR Division.
Nathan D. Gallant, Ph.D.
(2/05 -7/08) - Georgia Tech, Andres Garcia, advisor - NIST-NRC Fellow – Then Associate Professor, University of South Florida, Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduates Mentored

University of Akron

5/2018 – 5/2019
Andrea Felicelli (Mechanical Engineering), Then PhD Candidate & NSF Fellow, Purdue University – Mechanical Engineering
8/2018 – 5/2019
Karen Domino (Biology)
5/2018 – 5/2019
Morgan Waggoner (Biology)
5/2016 – 5/2018
Laura Savariau (Biology), Then PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh
9/2015 – 5/2018
Neil Bernard (Honors Biology), Then MD student
9/2016 – 10/2017
Kourtney Nannarone (Chemical Engineering)
1/2015 – 5/2017
Emily O’Brien (Biomedical Engineering)
9/2015 – 5/2016
Lauren Breitenstein (Biomedical Engineering), Then University of Dayton
1/2015 – 5/2016
Bryan Fitch (Chemistry), then PhD Program Analytical Chemistry, The Ohio State University
1/2015 – 5/2015
Katie DeLozier (Biomedical Engineering), Then MD student NEOMED
1/2013 – 5/2015
Alex Ellenberger (Honors Biochemistry), Then MD student Toledo
8/2012 – 5/2014
Gabrielle Siefert (Honors Chemistry), Then Dental School, CWRU
1/2012 – 5/2014
Sharon Bernard (Honors Biology), Then MD student NEOMED
5/2012 – 5/2013
Erin Keane (Chemistry), Then chemist, A Schulman
9/2009 – 6/2011
Anna Ganios (BS 2011, Honors Biochemistry), Then PhD candidate, U of Michigan
6/2009 – 4/2011
Louis Britton (BS 2011, Honors Chemistry) – Then small business owner
3/2010 – 9/2010
Jimmy Miller (Honors Biology)

University of Akron - NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate REU Students

Summer 2018
Nancy Le (Chemistry) – University of Colorado-Boulder
Summer 2018
Anna Snowden (Chemistry) – Alleghany College
Summer 2017
Caroline Watt (Chemistry) – Ohio State University
Summer 2016
Caroline Watt (Chemistry) – Ohio State University
Summer 2016
Olivia Manahan (Chemistry) – Ball State University, Then PhD student Colorado State University Chemistry
Summer 2016
Lindsay Lee Robinson (Chemistry) - College of Wooster, Then MS in chemistry University of Minnesota, then UCSB chemistry PhD Student
Summer 2015
Jacob Schimelman (BME) – Case Western Reserve University, Then PhD student UCSD Bioengineering
Summer 2015
Erin O’Brien (BME) – The University of Akron
Summer 2014
Justin Harris (Chemistry) – Michigan State University, Then PhD student, University of Michigan
Summer 2013
Redwanna Tassembaum – Robert Morris University, Then MD student
Summer 2012
Emily Amond (Chemistry) – St. Vincent College, Then P&G chemist
Summer 2011
Ronna Boettcher (Chemistry and Biology) – Bemiji State University, Then 3M engineer
Summer 2010
Mina Chen (Chemical Engineering) – University of Minnesota, tThen PhD student University of Pennsylvania
Summer 2010
James Burrows (Chemistry) – University of Pittsburgh

University of Akron - NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate REU Students

6/2008-9/2008
Bethany Juhnke (Mechanical Engineering)- Undergraduate SURF – Iowa State University, Then PhD student University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering
6/2008-9/2008
Joseph C. Sabol (Chemistry)- Undergraduate SURF – Lehigh University Then PhD, Lehigh University, Dept of Material Science, then Staff Supervisor at Arconic
2006-07 Summers
Adrienne H. Smith (Biomedical Engineering)- Undergraduate SURF – Northwestern Then MD-PhD, Northwestern Univ School of Medicine, HMMI Fellow 2011, Now Neurosurgeon
6/2006-9/2006
Kristen E. Roskov (Chemical Engineering)- Undergraduate, University of Maryland Then NSF Graduate Research Fellow, NC State, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Now Senior Scientist BASF