Faces of UMSI

Meet some of the current students and recent alumni who typify the wide range of interests and backgrounds at the School of Information.

Current Students


Kaitlyn Docherty - Community service volunteer, lacrosse player and SIBA officer

Viviana Hernandez - Bridging people and information through psychology

Stephanie Kerner - Exploring the human side of technology

Yianni Kontorousis - Embracing challenges in MPowered and entrepreneurship

Logan Meyer - First-Gen college student heads the School of Information Bachelor's Association

Ben Zimmerman - Loves video games but isn't defined by them


Jessamine Bartley-Matthews - In the Peace Corps and at UMSI, digging deep and making a difference

Cathy Chow - Fullbright recipient who is passionate about digital access for all

Maggie Davidson - Seeking ways to breaking down barriers that prevent people from getting the help they need

Saskia DeVries - Former U.S. Census Bureau Statistician, applying information toward policy decisions and poverty alleviation

MacKenzie DeWitt - SIMA VP detoured from pre-law to follow the information pathway

Elizabeth Gadelha - Association of Research Libraries diversity scholar

Isabel Gao - Excited about diversity and entrepreneurship 

Aaron Kosel - Looking to make technology more user-friendly

Jaklyn Nunga - From LA to UMSI to Ecuador with the Peace Corps

Brandon Patterson - Improving higher education through technology

Jake Silva - Breaking into tech and building user interfaces


Olubisi Ajetunmobi - Optimistic, creative and passionate about global health

Tawny Apsley and Michelle Bochinski - Two UMHS nurses training for information careers

Danielle Culberson - A position at Blue Cross piqued an interest in health informatics

Audrey Goulding -  A passion for data and public health

Jeremy Griswold - When Uncle Sam asks if you’re interested in pursuing a master’s degree, you say yes. 

Katherine James - A passion for public health and data analytics

Andy Lee - Allying entrepreneurial ambitions with healthcare.

Dolorence Okullo - Recognized by CDC and U.S. Embassy for HI efforts in Uganda

Eric Pfeifer - Returned Peace Corps volunteer with a love of service and learning


Wei Ai - Using data to investigate altruism

Tawfiq Ammari - Understanding shifting roles through social media

Andrea Barbarin - Focuses on consumer health issues in underserved communities

Lindsay Blackwell - From marketer to scholar, invested in social media

Samuel Carton - Combatting the spread of rumors on Twitter

Melissa Chalmers - Studies behind-the-scenes work of large-scale digitization

Priyank Chandra - Investigating the software piracy ecosystem

Daphne Chang - A focus on experimental economics and social norms

Yan Chen - Software developer behind "Codeon"

Padma Chirumamilla - Media anthropologist studies the tenor of everyday life

Allen Flynn - Finding pharmacy’s future in information and computing

Rebecca Frank - Studying disaster planning in digital preservation

Tamy Guberek - Un-silencing the data on human rights abuses

Ted Hanss - Applying insights from doctoral studies to his role as CIO for U-M Medical School

Caitlin Holman - Blending code and linguistics for learning

Youyang Hou - Researching how information technology can support civic engagement

Pei-Yao Hung - Finding ways to help people learn from each other

Chuan-Che Jeff Huang - Enchanting users through context and computing

Jasmine Jones - Through technology, bridging cultural and temporal boundaries

Elizabeth Kaziunas - Helping people navigate the abundance of health care information

Cheng Li - Developing interactive machine learning and data algorithms that can help people

Yingzhi Liang - Maximizing social welfare through mechanism design

Cindy Lin - Research through a maker's eyes

Yu-Jen Lin - Blurring lines between digital and real

Allan Martell - In post-conflict societies, sharing collective memory digitally

Carol Moser - Exploring consumer behavior and design interventions

SungJin Nam - Using data and design to understand behavior

Gaurav Paruthi - Working on a personal assistant app for health improvement

Chanda Phelan - Bridging gaps through thoughtful tech tools

Xin Rong - Explores cutting-edge research related to data mining and information retrieval

Jeff Stern - Finding ways to use technology to strengthen learning opportunities

Rohail Syed - Seeking to optimize online searching while learning

Chun-Yuen Teng - Researches how everything is connected through social networks

Penny Trieu - Investigating who people really are online

Tzu-Yu (Danny) Wu - Improving efficiency of clinical workflow and documentation

Wenjing (Carrie) Xu - First doctoral student in both UMSI and Department of Economics

Shiyan Yan - Evaluating crowd-sourced citizen science data

Teng Ye - Investigating virtual collaborations and the sharing economy

Sangseok You - Researching trust and emotion in human-robot teams

Fangzhou "Ark" Zhang - Looking behind the curtain of people's choices

Xuan Zhao - Building relationships with self and others through digital data

2016 Graduates

Ayshwarya Balasubramanian (MSI '16) - Embracing hackathons, Innovation Trek, and other UMSI opportunities

Jola Bolaji (MSI '16) - Improving mentorship across the spectrum

Izhar Buendia (MSI '16) - Inspiring tomorrow's innovators

Yung-Ju "Stanley" Chang (PhD '16) - Researches how people navigate urban spaces

Nick Chin (BSI '16) - Universal access through UX design

Meera Desai (BSI '16) - Student activist advocates for new Multicultural Center location

Pritika Dasgupta (MHI '16) - Seeking a more direct impact on public health

Sean Doolan (MHI '16) - Speaks about entrepreneurship in health & technology

Sonia Doshi (BSI '16) - Crusader for mental health support

Drew Dyer (BSI '16) - UMSI's newly commissioned Naval Officer

Madison Garver (BSI '16) - Social media strategist for the Michigan Marching Band

Samarth Gulati (MSI '16) - Bridging design and development

Mark Gurman (BSI '16) - BSI junior named one of Forbes' "30 under 30"

Bobby Henderson (BSI '16) - Academic All-Big Ten Honoree for Michigan Football

Samantha Herman (BSI '16) - Twitter-famous for her research

Ming Jiang (PhD '16) - Compares centralized test method of college admissions to American method

Karina Kervin (PhD '16) - Explores how data management impacts research

Mayank Khanna (MSI '16) - Spreading makerspace culture

Kathy Kosinski (MSI '16) - LIS/HCI student building on love of books and libraries

Yang Liu (PhD '16) - Studies peer-to-peer websites which match individual lenders with low-income entrepreneurs

Kathleen Marinan (MHI '16) - Discusses data integrity in healthcare domain

Anna Myers (MHI '16) - Seeking usability design for healthcare providers 

DJ Petrovic (MHI '16) - From EMT to health technology consultant

Kristen Sheppard (MSI '16) - Created an award-winning app to help college students manage finances

Jason Smith (MSI '16) - From architecture firm to information architecture

Jake Wayne (BSI '16) - Wins big in Michigan Business Challenge

Rayoung Yang (PhD '16) - Exploring ways to improve 'smart' device end-user interactions

Wenbo Yang (MHI '16) - The pursuit of helping others through health innovation

Jeff Zhang (BSI '16) - BSI student and "wantrepreneur"

2015 Graduates

Matt Burton (PhD '15) - Explores how digital humanists use blogs as infrastructure for scholarly communication

Angie Carrier (MSI '15) - A background in customer service leads to user experience 

Jackie Cohen (MSI '15) - A passion for the practical application of data

Devan Donaldson (PhD '15) - Studies how people judge the trustworthiness of documents in curated collections

Sofia Gutierrez (MSI '15) - From assistant editor in publishing to UX designer

Adam Kriesberg (PhD '15) - Explores impact of public and private sector partnerships on access to digitized public records

Adam Levick (MSI '15) - An interest in technology and education leads to a new career

Stephen Liu (MSI '15) - Coursera course in HCI leads to a master's program at UMSI

Allyson Mackay (MSI '15) - Combines a passion for healthcare, web and libraries

Meg Morrissey (MSI '15) - Working toward a career in corporate archiving

Alexandra Quay (MSI '15) - Using library science to help children develop educationally and socially

Luke Rehmann (BSI '15) - Yahoo made his website a crashing success

Lily Samimi (MSI '15) - Co-creator of Design Clinic seeks good design solutions

Charles Senteio (PhD '15) - Improving health care access in low-income communities

Siddarth Soni (MSI '15) -  Applying creativity to entrepreneurship

Rob Thomas (MSI '15) - Googler, sustainable living advocate

Stephanie Wooten (MSI '15) - Student co-founds SI's first education and technology student group

Mandy Wortz (MSI '15) - HCI student with an interest in educational technology

Sylvie Zhang (MSI '15) - Using IAR to strengthen market research and data mining skills

2014 Graduates

Michael Barera (MSI '14) - First Wikipedian in Residence at presidential library

Andrea Cluck (MSI '14) - Focusing on religious libraries and archives

Morgan Daniels (PhD '14) - Examines how secondary users perceive and use collection information in archival settings

Tao Dong (PhD '14) - Researches how smart environments carry their own memories

Elyse Guilfoyle (MSI '14) - Ensures privacy of shared personal data

Michael Wayne Harris (MSI '14) - Helping others meet their information needs

Dustin Hodge (MSI/MUP '14) - MSI and urban planning dual degree

Trond Jacobsen (PhD '14) - Examines historic records used to determine tribal status

Grace YoungJoo Jeon (PhD '14) - Studying credibility generation

Alix Keener (MSI '14) - Co-founded Digital Humanities Collective student organization

Caitlin Kelley (MSI '14) - Connecting researchers and clinicians with health information

Priya Kumar (MSI '14) - Developing her own curriculum in data storytelling

Christopher Leeder (PhD '14) - Working on the future of reference

Edgar Nuñez (MSI '14) - Combining social justice and human interface design

Marlon Phillips (MSI '14) - Uses technology to improve the urban experience

Ellen Range (MSI '14) - MSI student immersed in libraries and education

Kimberly Springer (MSI '14) - Award-winning journalist and researcher

Derek Van Assche (MSI '14) - Focuses on human factors in the design process

Krishna Vadrevu (MSI '14) - Love of people inspires interest in user experience and design

Lindsay Virost (MHI '14) - MHI studying synergies in health information exchange

Lan VoBa (MSI '14) - Transforming the delivery of health information

Candice Yono (MSI '14) - Studied art and archives, ASB fundraising champion

Maura Youngman (MSI '14) - Berkman Center intern, digital journalism researcher

Profiles of the 2013 Class and earlier may be found in Alumni Spotlights.