Anna Breiner
Anna Breiner

I received my undergraduate degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in 2011. I am currently co-advised by Dr. Ray Vanderby and Dr. William Murphy and am working on a project that seeks to modulate the immune response to promote more regenerative healing in ligaments. Besides studying and research, I also spend my time enjoying the outdoors (hiking, fishing, rock climbing, etc.), painting, and enjoying all that Madison has to offer.

Milind Gadre
Milind Gadre

I am Milind Gadre, a second-year graduate student, and I work in the Computational Materials Group with Prof. Dane Morgan. My research involves modeling cathodic materials for the application in solid oxide fuel cells. I did my undergrad in materials science in IIT Bombay in India. My hobbies are learning and playing various musical instruments, and hiking/trekking.

Mark Golob
Mark Golob

From our neighbor to the west, I received my undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I am advised by Dr. Naomi Chesler where my research involves the investigation of structure-function changes and relationships in the right ventricle in response to pulmonary hypertension. Outside of academia, I am a huge fan of ultimate frisbee, and one of my dreams is to be a contestant on the U.S. T.V. show Survivor.

Ngoc Nhi Le
Ngoc Nhi Le

I received my Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering and in Materials Science & Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. I am currently advised by Dr. William Muprhy. My research focuses on controlled hydrogel-based growth factor delivery systems.

Nayomi Plaza
Nayomi Plaza

In 2011, I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Nowadays, advised by Prof. Donald Stone and Dr. Jakes I study a moisture-activated shape memory effect in wood. Being the first study of a novel biological phenomena, our findings might inspire new biomimetic devices and materials. Furthermore, we will gain new insight on wood-water interactions that could lead to developing treatments that enhance wood durability.

Jacob Podkaminer
Jacob Podkaminer

I am a second-year graduate student working with Professor Chang-Beom Eom. I received my Bachelor's degree at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, which is a small liberal arts school in upstate NY. My current projects involve growth of oxide thin films using both PLD and sputtering in a hybrid system. Outside of research I like to play many sports and try to stay active outside.

Samantha-Schmitt
Samantha Schmitt

I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2009. I am currently co-advised in the Material Science Program by Padma Gopalan and William Murphy. My project aims to create tailored polymer thin films for the study of human mesenchymal stem cells. The goal is to better understand factors that determine different differentiation pathways.