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.
Abpreet Kaur is inspiring women and girls as a leader in learning and education tech.
Emma Shpiz is traveling the world, amplifying student voices and advocating for equity in sports.
Fernando Carretero is empowering his fellow Latinx students by building community and professional networking opportunities among his engineering peers.
Shaelyn Albrecht is using information and UX design to ensure every voter's voice is heard.
Brendan Palkowski is a transfer student whose computer science background started him on the path to his current, narrower and more passionate focus: data analysis.
Somya Bhagwagar is using storytelling to leave filter bubbles behind.
Allison Thorsen is bringing new life to pieces of the ancient world with her new exhibit, Literature in Fragments: Lost Greek Works at Michigan.
Hope Tambala is telling stories through data in order to change health care in the Dominican Republic.
Jaklyn Nunga, a Peace Corps volunteer, has traveled from LA to UMSI to Ecuador in order to learn how to truly work with and for a community.
JoAnna Lincoln is a first responder when it comes to heavily damaged archival materials -- fire, smoke, water, mold, mildew, pests.
Kangning Chen is embarking on grad school and motherhood while working at the intersection of policy research and data analytics.
Maggie Davidson is seeking ways to break down barriers in information processes in order to make it easier for people to get the help they need.
Matthew Cloutier is teaching students about music, marching and data-oriented programming as a graduate student instructor -- while pursuing his own studies in human computer interaction.
Novia Wong is implementing UX solutions in special education classrooms in order to help children thrive.
Regen Le Roy is using library science and technology to make music education more accessible.
Rohit Mogalayapalli is harnessing the power of analytics to improve Michigan Athletics as the founder of the Michigan Sports Analytics Society.
Salma Siddiqui is combining data science with organizational development to become a recruiter with employees' best interests at heart.
Emily Trumpower is learning how to use data analytics to improve NICU care.
Ayansola Akanmu envisions using his education to work on real-life applications of machine learning and computer vision.
Carlo Tak is a data scientist from South Africa who is boundlessly curious about his own field.
Jenna Mekled is leaning into a career shift from auditor to data analyst in business and accounting.
Stacey Beck is a new mom and a licensed physical therapist interested in how data can generate solutions to real-world health problems.
Brad Thompson is looking forward to gaining a nuanced understanding of technological evolutions in a field he's worked in for decades.
Ermias Bizuwork is a self-starter looking for a challenge as he continues his data science education.
Kyle Balog has chosen to Go Blue for a second time as he supplements a bachelor's in industrial and operations engineering with data science studies.
Allan Martell is working at the intersection of technology and human rights to share collective memory in post-conflict societies.
Cindy Lin is taking an interdisciplinary, international and intergenerational perspective while bringing science and biohacking to makerspaces.
Jean Hardy is exploring how the LGBT community uses social media in rural areas.
Megh Marathe researches how people with epilepsy come together in online communities to construct notions of time.