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2010

 

Wilmer Adorno Martinez was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is doing a major in Chemistry, is planning to do a Ph.D. in the same field. He attends the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and just finished his sophomore year. He likes to play the piano, any sport (e.g. biking, tennis, basketball, baseball and more), travel, and is all about music and spending time with his family. Also, he is a BIG fan of MLB & NBA.

Project: Conductive polymers as a tool for generating new hierarchical structures

Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Philseok Kim

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Peter Bailis is a rising Senior at Harvard College concentrating in Computer Science.  Peter hails from Omaha, Nebraska and is looking forward to a terrific summer with the RoboBees team and the REU program.

Project: Seeking Karma: Towards a Distributed Operating System for UAVs

Prof. Matt Welsh
Prof Radhika Nagpal
Karthik Dantu

Funding: Robobees

 

Michelle Barber is from Novi, Michigan and is a rising sophomore at MIT. She is concentrating in Chemical Engineering, and in her free time, she enjoys shopping, listening to music, writing, playing the piano, and spending time with her family and friends.

Project: Self-assembly of metamaterials

Prof. Federico Capasso
Jon Fan

Funding: NSEC

 

Anna Brockway is a rising junior at Haverford College, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Philosophy. She is originally from Kyiv, Ukraine, but has lived just outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, for most of her life. She is interested in interdisciplinary work, exploring new things, and loves swing dancing.

Project: Computational Methods for Organic Solar Cells

Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Mark Watson
Shule Atahan-Evrenk

Funding: SOLAR

 

Cara Brown is a rising sophomore majoring in Biological Engineering at MIT. Outside of academics, she likes to play tennis, play Wii Fit Plus, watch movies, and hang out with friends. She looks forward to working in the Mooney Lab and meeting everyone this summer.

Project: Tumor Development Based on Varying ECM Stiffness

Prof. David Mooney
Praveen Arany

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Edy Cardona is a physics major at the University of California, Berkeley. He plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. with an emphasis in electronics. He enjoys programming, music, and sports.

Project: Automation of sample-positioning and data-collection for pulsed-laser-melting experiments

Prof. Michael Aziz
Dan Recht

Funding: NNIN

 

Rachel Carey is a rising senior at Le Moyne College with a double major in Chemistry and Physics, and a minor in French.  She plans to pursue a Ph.D. that integrates her two majors.  In her spare time, she enjoys singing, reading, traveling, and the outdoors.

Project: Gold Nano-Electrodes Templated by Biodegradable Polymers

Prof. George Whitesides
Charlie Mace

Funding: NSEC

 

Chunhin (Sam) Chan is a rising senior at Cornell University and majors in Biological Engineering and minors in Biomedical Engineering. He enjoys jogging and hiking as ways to relax. He also hopes to learn to cook and to play the guitar during the summer.

Project: Effect of Delta Ligand 4 on NOTCH Signaling Pathway

Prof. David Mooney
Will Yuen

Funding: MRSEC

 

Alexander Cho 

Project: Using Electroactive Hydrogels for Developing Bio-Inspired 3-D Materials

Prof. Kit Parker
Holly McIlwee

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Cynthia Crespo Rivera is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University in Miami, FL.  She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She enjoys learning and is amazed by science.  She likes music, movies, and traveling.

Project: Cell Migration Under Constrained Dimensions

Prof. David Weitz
Allen Ehrlicher
Jim Wilking

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Shijit Dasgupta is a rising sophomore at Johns Hopkins University who is majoring in mechanical engineering. He enjoys guitar and breakdancing in his spare time.

Project: Freezing in liquid supercooled water

Prof. George Whitesides
Claudiu Stan

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Caitlin Dillard is a rising junior at Rowan University. She is a chemical engineer major with a concentration in bioengineering. She was born in California but grew up in New Jersey. She enjoys outdoor activities as well as relaxing and watching movies.

Project: Growth of biofilms

Prof. David Weitz
Allen Ehrlicher

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Dominique (Johann) Djanal-Mann was born in Douala, Cameroon, yet was raised in Gainesville, Florida, United States. He attends the University of Florida and is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a soccer and basketball enthusiast, avid hip-hop and smooth jazz fan, enjoys good times with good company, and loves learning.

Project: Transfer of Electron Beam Resist Photonic Nanobeam Cavities to Flexible Substrates

Prof. Marko Loncar
Ian Burgess

Funding: NNIN

 

Kirk Dressen is a rising junior studying chemistry and physics at the University of Denver. He enjoys playing soccer with friends, hiking, and snowboarding.

Project: Toward a Computationally Inexpensive Determination of Organic Semiconductor Packing

Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Leslie Vogt

Funding: SciGPU

 

Mackenzie Eagleson 

Project: Characterization of Cardiac Myocyte Organization

Prof. Kit Parker
Anna Grosberg

Funding: MRSEC/HCRP

 

Chirantan Ekbote is a rising junior majoring in Philosophy and Computer Science at The Ohio State University and plans to pursue a career in computer graphics and animation. He is a big fan of science fiction and enjoys playing his guitar and exploring new places.

Project: GPU-accelerated Biomedical Image Analysis

Prof. Hanspeter Pfister
Won-Ki Jeong

Funding: SciGPU

 

Tom Elsey is an applied physics major at the University of Iowa.  He just finished his sophomore year of school.  He enjoys long drives on the disc golf course when he is not studying.

Project: Electron Tunneling Through Self Assembled Monolayers

Prof. George Whitesides
Martin Mwangi

Funding: WYSS

 

Rodriguez Exilus 

Project: Applications of Nanofibers for Tissue Engineering using Rotary Jet- Spinning

Prof. Kit Parker
Leila Deravi

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Chelsey Fenton just completed her sophomore year at the University of New Mexico. She is a chemical engineering major who enjoys biking, hiking, running, yoga, and new experiences.

Project: Musical Cells: Creating Ordered Surface Nano-topography Using a Compact Disc

Prof. Debra Auguste
Jin-Oh You
George Ye

Funding: PREM

 

Carina Fish is a rising sophomore at Harvard College. She plans to concentrate in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of her studies she enjoys being in good company and dancing.

Project: Soft Robotics

Prof. George Whitesides
Ramses Martinez

Funding: NSEC

 

Zachary Gault is from southwest Ohio and is a senior at Wright State University majoring in both Physics and Philosophy.  He hopes to be a physics professor one day.  In the meantime, he enjoys playing electric guitar and has recently taken up painting as a second hobby.

Project: Annealing Silver Microstructures

Prof. Eric Mazur
Kevin VoraSeungyeon (Sally) Kang
Michael Moebius

Funding: MRSEC

 

Dustin Gerrard is a senior at Brigham Young University double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. Dustin plans to get a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and teach and do research at the university level. 

Project: Stronger materials

Prof. David Weitz
Sujit Datta

Funding: MRSEC

 

Amy Goodale 

Project: Paper-based Immunoassay

Prof. George Whitesides
James Li

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Jack Greenberg 

Project: Automated detection and 3D situating of wing outline curves from high-speed camera flapping footage

Prof. Rob Wood
Hiroto Tanaka
Madhusudhan (Madu)Venkadesan

Funding: WYSS

  Xueying Hai
 

Anny Hierro was born in New York but was raised in the Dominican Republic. She moved to the United States in time to start her College Education. She is currently a junior at the College of Saint Elizabeth and she is majoring in Chemistry and Art. Her plans include going to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Anny enjoys reading, drawing, going to museums, music and the theatre.

Project: Co-assembly of Au nanoparticles and PMMA colloids for large-area three-dimensional ordered macroporous (3DOM) structures

Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Yolanda Vasquez

Funding: WYSS/Oregon REU

 

Tom Iancovici is a rising Senior at the UMass Lowell College of Engineering concentrating in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, he is hoping to continue his education and pursue an MS Eng degree in the Opto-Electronics field. He likes to listen to music and hang out with friends.

Project: Portable Electrochemical Reader

Prof. George Whitesides
AaronMazzeo
Frederique Deiss

Funding: Other

 

Adam Johnson is a rising sophomore from Warner Robins, GA, who attends Morehouse College. He is a Biology/Spanish double major whose future goals include obtaining an MD/Ph.D

Project: Precursor Phosphorlyzing Agents of RNA and ATP in Prebiotic Chemistry

Prof. George Whitesides
Jasmin Mecinovic

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Neena Kamath was born in Jamshedpur, India and has moved and resided in Norwalk, Connecticut since the age of seven. She is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science at Harvard University. When not working on algorithms for the RoboBees project, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, sailing, and poker.

Project: Efficiency of Random and Deterministic Strategies for Pollination by a Swarm Robotic System

Prof. Radhika Nagpal
Spring Berman

Funding: Robobees

 

Teresa Kao is a rising sophomore at Columbia University where she will be majoring in Applied Physics.

Project: Single-molecule force studies

Prof. Wesley Wong
KenHalvorsen
Diane Schaak

Funding: ROWLAND

 

John Keller is a rising sophomore majoring in Physics and Mathematics at Eastern Nazarene College, with a tentative plan for a Ph.D. in Physics. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, programming and reading in his free time.

Project: Automated 2D Tracking of Colloidal Particles with Digital Holographic Microscopy

Prof. Vinothan Manoharan
Jerome Fung
Jesse Collins

Funding: MRSEC

 

Veronika Kivenson immigrated to New York city from Ukraine at the age of five. She is currently attending Bunker Hill Community College, majoring in bio-tech. Veronika is transferring to a four-year college in May of 2011.

Project: Using C. Elegans in Microfluidics

Prof. George Whitesides
Anna Laromaine

Funding: MRSEC

 

Andrew Klump is the second of three children. Born and raised in St. Louis, he entered Seton Hall University in the fall of 2008. He is majoring in Physics and plans on pursuing a Ph.D.  in the same field.

Project: Organizing Yeast Cells inside Monodisperse Droplets

Prof. David Weitz  
Adam Abate

Funding: BRIDGE

 

John Koullias is a rising senior concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. John is particularly interested in the fields of tissue engineering and plastic surgery and hopes to eventually become involved in reconstructive surgery. In his free time, John enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and sunbathing

Project: Modeling Angiogenesis and Neurogenesis using Microfluidic Systems

Prof. David Mooney
Dima Shvartsman

Funding: WYSS

 

Paul La Plante is a rising senior at Loyola University Maryland, where he studies physics and Spanish. After college, he hopes to get his Ph.D. in physics. In his free time, he enjoys playing squash and reading.

Project: Using GPUs for next-generation radio telescopes

Prof. Lincoln Greenhill
Mike Clarke
Stephen Ord
DanielMitchell
GianniBernardi

Funding: SciGPU

 

Laticia Lee 

Project: Biocompatible polyglycol fluorosurfactant

Prof. David Weitz
Adam Abate

Funding: MRSEC

 

Ruby Lee is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, where she is planning on majoring in bioengineering. She is particularly interested in the fields of biotech and cleantech and hopes to pursue a career immersed in the Silicon Valley spirit. She also loves playing the clarinet, playing tennis, reading tech news, watching sports, and keeping up with her social media.

Project: Controlling nanoscale electronic variability in ZnO: Al transparent conducting films

Prof. Shriram Ramanathan
Rafael Jaramillo

Funding: NNIN

  Benjamin Li
 

Robert Longcor is a rising junior at Harvard University where he studies biomedical engineering and economics. He is particularly interested in an interdisciplinary approach to business and engineering. Outside the lab, he enjoys playing sports, music, and sailing.

Project: Inverse Opals as Scaffolds for Cell Growth

Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Ben Hatton

Funding: WYSS

 

Beth Ann Lopez just finished her sophomore year in biochemistry at UNM, and will be studying in Puebla, Mexico at UDLAP next year! She is interested in anything having to do with chemistry, medicine, or biomedical engineering.  She plans on going to medical or grad school after her bachelor's.  Outside of school, she likes to bike, read, and hang out with her dog, Peanut.

Project: Fabrication of Stable, Controllable Nanoparticle-shelled Microbubbles

Prof. David Weitz
Wynter Duncanson

Funding: PREM

 

Max Mankin is a rising senior at Brown University concentrating in materials chemistry. Max is also interested in archaeology and cryptography. He enjoys playing trombone in the Brown Band, hiking, rock climbing, and playing squash.

Project: Surface Chemistry of cis- and trans-Stilbene on TiO2 (110)

Prof. Cynthia Friend
Elizabeth Landis

Funding: SOLAR

 

Allison Mars is from Saugus, Massachusetts. She is a rising sophomore at Boston University where she is majoring in dietetics. After graduation, she hopes to work as a pediatric dietitian. She enjoys reading, music, and loves spending time at the beach.

Project: Analysis of kerosene impurities in diesel fuel using magnetic levitation

Prof. George Whitesides
Charlie Mace

Funding: Other

  Zwoisaint Mears-Clarke
 

Jhim Meza Roman is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. He grew up in Lima, Peru and moved to the USA 6 years ago. He is interested in nanotechnology and semiconductors. He plans to attend graduate school in physics or Electrical Engineering. He enjoys working in groups, meeting new people and spending time with his family.

Project: Lifetime of Charge Carriers in Silicon Nanowires

Prof. Ken Crozier
Yaping Dan
Funding: NNIN

 

Mark Moriarty studies Applied Maths and Physics in University College Cork, Ireland. He has won four national titles in maths and physics and scooped a bronze medal at the International Physics Olympiad 2008. He will spend the ’10/11 academic year in UC Berkeley, getting sunburned. He teaches piano part-time and enjoys acting, cycling, soccer, and tennis, though typically loses to his younger sister.

Project: Probing the Dynamic Properties of Muscle

Chris Richards

Funding: ROWLAND

 

Kendra Nyberg is interested in biophysics and programming. In her spare time, she rows on the Oregon crew team and plans to minor in dance.

Project: Observation of 3D culture development by holographic microscopy

Prof. Vinothan Manoharan
Tom Dimiduk
Funding: MRSEC

 

Michael O'Brien was born in Washington state but has lived all over the United States. He attends Eastern Nazarene College and is currently majoring in computer engineering. He enjoys running, biking, climbing and playing tennis.

Project: Paper-based MEMS Sensors

Prof. George Whitesides
Xinyu Liu

Funding: NSECNoah Olsman has been interested in several years now in the applications of biology to engineering. He feels that there is no better source of inspiration for technology than nature. The way he thinks of it nature has had millions of years of R&D to work come up with good ideas, we may as well use that resource. At USC he has done research both in mathematics (combinatorics and complex analysis) and in robotics. This has given him an interesting mix of the theoretical and the applied.

Project: Simulation of Industrial Pollination Using Distributed Robotic Algorithms

Prof. Radhika Nagpal
Justin Werfel

Funding: Robobees

 

Kevin Satzinger is a rising junior majoring in Physics and Mathematics at Truman State University.  His main interest is solid-state physics.  He is originally from California but currently lives in Missouri, where in addition to school, he enjoys playing soccer and participating in the Society of Physics Students.

Project: High-resolution Kelvin probe force microscopy with shielded probes

Prof. Robert Westervelt
Keith Brown

Funding: NNIN

 

Priya Singhal will be a senior at Saint Bonaventure University. She has a major in Biology and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she wishes to attend medical school.

Project: Can Breast Cancer be Reversed?

Prof. Don Ingber
Silva Krause

Funding: WYSS

 

Laura Solomon is going to be a senior at Temple University majoring in mechanical engineering. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.

Project: Microfluidic Droplet Combiner For Use in Self-Assembling Colloidal Systems

Prof. Vinothan Manoharan
Prof. David Weitz
Jesse Collins
Don Aubrecht


Funding: BRIDGE

 

Stephanie Swartz is a rising sophomore who is studying physics and optics at the University of Rochester. When she is not at school, she lives in Rhode Island. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, playing the flute, and spending time with her family and friends.

Project: Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 Thin Films

Prof. Eric Mazur
Kasey Phillips

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Christian Talavera is a rising junior at Brown University from Los Angeles, California.  He plans to concentrate on Chemistry and attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D.  He likes to read, explore nature, and hang out with friends.

Project: Quantification of Indole-3-Acetic Acid in Primary and Secondary Xylem of Populus by Stable Isotope Dilution and GC-SIM-MS

Rachel Spicer

Funding: ROWLAND

 

Kunal Tiwari grew up in sunny Ithaca, New York. He is entering his junior year at the University of Toronto, specializing in molecular biophysics, and minoring in mathematics. In his spare time, he sails play electric bass and enjoy the company of friends. He is passionate about understanding the world around him.

Project: Nanoscale Fibers for Building Three Dimensional Scaffolds in Valve Tissue Engineering

Prof. Kit Parker

Funding: WYSS

 

Eugenia Volkova is a current sophomore at New York University, triple-majoring in biochemistry, bioengineering, and physics, originally from Kaluga, Russia. She has wanted to be a scientist and engineer since the age of 15 when she completed her first research project on the specificity molecular resonance imaging probes at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in the Northeastern Collegiate Taekwondo League, dancing ballet, playing piano, reading classical literature, and learning new languages (Russian, English, French, Spanish, Norwegian). She hopes to obtain an MD/Ph.D. in applied biophysics with a specialization in Radio-Oncology, head her laboratory at the NIH, and eventually volunteer with Doctors Without Borders in Sudan and Uganda.

Project: Bacterial Growth and Movement on Patterned Surface Topologies

Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Ben Hatton

Funding: WYSS/NYU

 

Daryl Vulis is majoring in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University. She loves to explore NYC with her friends and pursues freelance web design and sketching in her spare time. She hopes to attend graduate school for an engineering related discipline or found a start-up company someday.

Project: Study of finite size effects in 2-D millimeter-sized coulombic crystals

Prof. George Whitesides
Rebecca Cademartiri

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Cory Wilson is a rising senior Chemistry major at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.  On-campus he is actively involved in the MBRS-RISE program, President of Beta Kappa Chi National Honor Society, and does research with Dr. Jerremy Willis within the Distributed Drug Discovery project.  After graduation, he plans to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry and head his drug discovery project.

Project: Toward Membrane Associated Protein Crystallization

Prof. George Whitesides
Phil Snyder

Funding: BRIDGE

 

Jonathan Yam is from Richmond Hill, Canada! He is a freshman studying Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and plans to major in either Aerospace or Biomedical Engineering. He enjoys playing tennis, eating good food, playing the piano, and going out. He is passionate about using engineering to solve world issues.

Project: Microfluidic Biosensor

Prof. Robert Westervelt
Alex Nemiroski

Funding: NSEC/Other

 

Bib Yang is currently a student at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Biochemistry. She loves the outdoors and enjoys meeting new people, rollerblading, swimming, badminton, and many team sports.

Project: Visualization of segregating cell populations and genetic drift

Prof. Debra Auguste
Jin-Oh You
Marjan Rafat


Funding: BRIDGE

 

Reza Zarinshenas is a physics major at the University of California,  Los Angeles.

Project: Flexible Pendulum in a Soap Film

Prof. L. Mahadevan
Mahesh Bandi

Funding: WYSS

 

Guangtao (Taotao) Zhang was born and raised in China, immigrated to the USA three years ago, and is currently living in Acton, MA. She is a sophomore double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Statistics at Clarkson University, NY. She likes to dance, read, spend time with her family and fellowship.

Project: Hygroscopic and volatile properties of secondary organic particles

Prof. Scot Martin
Mackenzie Smith

Funding: MARTIN

 

Susan Zheng just completed her freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is majoring in mechanical engineering. She was born and raised in New York City. In her free time, she enjoys reading, rowing, fencing, and napping.

Project: Collective Construction

Prof. Radhika Nagpal
Kirstin Peterson

Funding: WYSS