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

MSI

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

Isabel Gao - Excited about diversity and entrepreneurship 

Aaron Kosel - Looking to make technology more user-friendly

Celia Mulder - Public Library Associate hopes her MSI will lead to library career

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

Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña - Using data visualization to tell stories that empower people

MHI

Olubisi Ajetunmobi - Optimistic, creative and passionate about global health

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. 

PhD

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

Shiqing "Licia" He - Combining computer science and studio art for data visualization

Caitlin Holman - Blending code and linguistics for learning

Youyang Hou - Researching how information technology can support civic engagement

Chiao-yin "Joey" Hsaio - Seeking ways to use technology to benefit immigrant communities

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

Edward Platt - Studies how wikipedians collaborate

Shriti Raj - Using technology to help people manage chronic health conditions

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

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

2017 Graduates

Tawny Apsley (MHI '17) and Michelle Bochinski (MHI '17) - Two UMHS nurses training for information careers

Jessamine Bartley-Matthews (MSI '17) - In the Peace Corps and at UMSI, digging deep and making a difference

Danielle Culberson (MHI '17) - A position at Blue Cross piqued an interest in health informatics

MacKenzie DeWitt (MSI '17) - SIMA VP detoured from pre-law to follow the information pathway

Kaitlyn Docherty (BSI '17) - Community service volunteer, lacrosse player and SIBA officer

Elizabeth Gadelha (MSI '17) - Association of Research Libraries diversity scholar

Viviana Hernandez (BSI '17) - Bridging people and information through psychology

Katherine James (MHI '17) - A passion for public health and data analytics

Stephanie Kerner  (BSI '17) - Exploring the human side of technology

Yianni Kontorousis (BSI '17) - Embracing challenges in MPowered and entrepreneurship

Sarah Lebovitz (MSI '17) - Archivist touched history at anti-Apartheid archives in South Africa

Andy Lee (MHI '17)- Allying entrepreneurial ambitions with healthcare.

Logan Meyer (BSI '17) - First-Gen college student heads the School of Information Bachelor's Association

Dolorence Okullo (MHI '17) - Recognized by CDC and U.S. Embassy for HI efforts in Uganda

Brandon Patterson (MSI '17) - Improving higher education through technology

Eric Pfeifer (MHI '17) - Returned Peace Corps volunteer with a love of service and learning

Jake Silva (MSI '17) - Breaking into tech and building user interfaces

Wenjing (Carrie) Xu (PhD '17) - First doctoral student in both UMSI and Department of Economics

Tim Yoo (MSI '17) - Envisions technology opening doors to learning for underserved children

Xuan Zhao (PhD '17) - 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

Tzu-Yu (Danny) Wu (PhD '16) - Improving efficiency of clinical workflow and documentation

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

Profiles of the 2014 Class and earlier may be found in Alumni Spotlights.