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

BSI

Jaren Johnson- Transfer student finds fun in information science

Sierre Wolfkostin - At the intersection of creativity,  UX Design, and entrepreneurship

MSI

Kangning Chen - Embarking on the journey of grad school and motherhood

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

Andrew Engel - After Peace Corps, a PhD and farm life, learning to design inclusive spaces in education

Isabel Gao - Excited about diversity and entrepreneurship 

Aaron Kosel - Looking to make technology more user-friendly

Nick Murray - Pursuing social impact through HCI as a Professional Practice Fellow

Florence Noel - Entrepreneur, community organizer, and activist, founder of Dear Black Women

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

Novia Wong - Implementing tech in special education 

MHI

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

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

Rebecca Frank - Studying disaster planning in digital preservation

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

Jean Hardy - Explores the use of social media in the LGBT community

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

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

Tsuyoshi Kano - Employing ICT to effect economic growth in developing countries.

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

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

Linfeng Li - Understanding how people make decisions in various environments.

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

Megh Marathe - Researching the perception of time

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

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

Hariharan Subramonyam - An artistic vision applied to data visualization

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

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

2018 Graduates

Olubisi Ajetunmobi (MHI '18) - Optimistic, creative and passionate about global health

Adaeze Ajoku (MSI '18) - Using data analytics for Kellogg’s, Parkinson’s, Mental Health and Amway

Andrea Barbarin (PhD '18) - Focuses on consumer health issues in underserved communities

Cathy Chow (MSI '18) - Fulbright recipient who is passionate about digital access for all

Saskia DeVries (MSI '18) - Former U.S. Census Bureau Statistician, applying information toward policy decisions and poverty alleviation

Ann Duong (MHI '18) - Planning for end of life with Canopy

Allen Flynn (PhD '18) - Finding pharmacy’s future in information and computing

Audrey Goulding (MHI '18) -  A passion for data and public health

Terrence Green (BSI '18) - Making people's lives better through technology

Youyang Hou (PhD '18) - Researching how information technology can support civic engagement

Jasmine Jones (PhD '18) - Through technology, bridging cultural and temporal boundaries

George Lu (BSI '18) – Practicing gratitude, hard work, and perseverance on the path to product management

Desiree McLain (MSI ’18) - Celebrating Detroit’s history and helping volunteers become entrepreneurs

Celia Mulder (MSI '18) - Public Library Associate hopes her MSI will lead to library career

Gaurav Paruthi (PhD '18) - Working on a personal assistant app for health improvement

Nithya Rajendran (MHI '18) - Promoting health literacy and healthcare accessibility at home and abroad

Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña (MSI '18) - Using data visualization to tell stories that empower people

Etiowo Usoro (MHI '18) - Fulfilling his destiny with health informatics 

Abril Vela (BSI '18) – Helping kids create with CS and information science

Sangseok You (PhD '18) - Researching trust and emotion in human-robot teams

Ben Zimmerman (BSI '18) - Found his true path to UMSI by a winding road

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

 

Profiles of the 2016 Class and earlier may be found in Alumni Spotlights.