Recent GIEP Fellows

Seventeen GIEP Fellows traveled to South Africa in 2016. Read their story.

GIEP 2016 Fellows

Haven Night Shelter

Bader Bajaber is a research assistant at the City and Regional Planning Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. KFUPM awarded him a scholarship to pursue his graduate studies in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests focus on housing affordability issues—particularly, how policy interventions could make a difference in delivering affordable housing. His goal is to work in academia and be an independent researcher. GIEP was a great chance for Bader to work in an international setting and be involved in community development and issues related to economic inequality. To him, it is a personal fulfillment to know that the needs of the less fortunate people have been met because of his involvement. In his free time, he likes to be outside walking around and listening to music. Bader says “I love you” to his mother, Fatimah, every day. LinkedIn

Verena Getahun recently completed her master's degree at the University of Michigan School of Information. While at UMSI, Verena specialized in Library and Information Science but sampled broadly from coursework in data manipulation, web design, knowledge organization, and user-centered design. Verena is interested in surfacing good information for decision making within organizations, especially libraries and non-profits. Before attending UMSI, Verena worked for several years in acquisitions and interlibrary loan at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. LinkedIn

Brittany Hutson is a second-year master’s candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. Her interests include user experience research, information architecture, and content strategy. Prior to starting graduate school, Brittany worked as an editor and writer, contributing to publications like Black Enterprise Magazine, Essence Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. She has interviewed a variety of small business owners, executives from Fortune 500 companies, and popular personalities like Carla Hall, Co-Host of ABC's The Chew. Brittany also has experience working in public relations with non-profit and government organizations in Washington, D.C. In 2007, Brittany studied abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and volunteered as a mentor with LEAP Science and Math Schools, which provides free education to students from high-need communities to study mathematics, physical science, and English. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University. LinkedIn

Maria Medlarz is a second year master's candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in information analysis and retrieval. Before coming to Ann Arbor, Maria received a bachelor's degree in management information systems, and a minor in international business from the Pennsylvania State University. She has experience working with various different database management systems and programming languages. After obtaining her master's degree, Maria hopes to pursue a career working in the the field of consulting with non-profit organizations. LinkedIn

The League of Friends of the Blind - Archives Project

Tricia Antonette Chua is a second year master’s student at the School of Information, specializing in archives and records management. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor she was a member of a worker-owned collective cafe in Berkeley, California. Prior to moving to Berkeley, she received a Bachelor of Arts in History from New College in Sarasota, Florida. LinkedIn

Karen Fernandez is recently graduated with a specialization in Human-Computer interaction. She has user experience research and interaction design skills, as well as, a software development background. Karen currently works at General Electric where she applies her skills to help bridge the gap between the software world and the manufacturing industry. In her spare time, Karen enjoys crafts, dancing, and traveling. Karen is very excited to join efforts with the League of the Friends of the Blind (LOFOB) organization in Cape Town this summer because she is eager to contribute to their mission of helping the visually impaired fulfill their life to their greatest potential. LinkedIn

Erika Linenfelser is currently pursuing a dual masters degree from the University of Michigan in urban planning and urban design. She is also a research associate for the Detroit People’s Platform, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Detroit where she assists in research and community organizing efforts on transit and housing issues. Prior to coming to the U of M, Erika received a B.A. in architecture and urban studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Erika has a long history of working with community organizations in a variety of capacities and specializes in community development and design. LinkedIn

The League of Friends of the Blind - Systems Project

Dalton Simancek is a second year graduate student in the School of Information at the University of Michigan pursuing a Master of Science in Information with a specialization in information analysis and retrieval.  He also works as a Project Manager in a Pediatric Research Unit helping to develop multimedia communication tools for families with chronic and/or newborn screening disorders.  As an undergraduate, Dalton studied English literature, Media studies and German.  His interests revolve around the intersections between storytelling, data, service and design. LinkedIn 

Kristyn Sonnenberg has a background in graphic design and earned her Masters of Information Science from UMSI in 2016. She completed a tailored specialization focused on UX Design for Community Development. Currently, she is part of the communications team for the Detroit Community Technology Project, specifically focused on the Equitable Internet Initiative. This work includes web development, UX design, and graphic design / branding. She is interested in music, traveling, linoleum and screen printing, dancing, hanging out with cats  Kristyn joined GIEP to step outside of her comfort zone, not only by living in another country for 2 months, but to immerse herself in the culture through work with a local organization. The program aligned well with her community development focus in my tailored specialization, and her specific project with League of Friends of the Blind allowed her to explore and put into practice what she had been learning about accessibility. Working in a community completely unknown to her helped her develop her skills in relating to people and working with them to understand their needs and build a solution. LinkedIn

Meng Zhang is a second year Master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Information Analysis and Retrieval. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics with minors in Computer Science and Economics from Michigan State University. He is interested in database management, and looks forward to the opportunity to bring his experience and skills to the LOFOB project. Linkedin

UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archive

Ève Bourbeau-Allard studies Archives and Records Management at the University of Michigan School of Information, class of 2017. She is especially interested in how history is written and contested through archival practice and representation, in finding ways to enhance collections discoverability, and in the social impact of archives. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from the College of William & Mary. There, she explored colonial and gender history and served as an archives apprentice at the W&M Special Collections. LinkedIn

Aliza Elkin is a second year student at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she studies Archives and Records Management and Women’s Studies. Aliza is interested in feminist epistemology and information ethics, feminist and activist archives, and the documentation and preservation of the voices and experiences of women and people of color through the maintenance of cultural heritage institutions and the management of archives. Before coming to Michigan, Aliza earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. LinkedIn

Sarah Lebovitz has just completed her first year as an Archives and Records Management focused student at the University of Michigan. Her main area of interest is in the gathering and accession practices of archival institutions, particularly in regard to how this process might relate to creation of social identity. She has an undergraduate background in cultural anthropology and archaeology. Linkedin


Ayshwarya (Aysh) Balasubramanian is a graduate student in the School of Information who is a passionate Data Visualization and User Interface Developer. She has a Computer Science background and aspires to become an Information Architect someday. She strongly believes that Design has a stronger impact on technology than programming because coding for a complicated, unusable, unintuitive design is futile. She loves designing for and learning from children and is fascinated by the speed at which kids learn. She enjoys documenting moments in pictures and expects to capture an experience of a lifetime via GIEP 2016. LinkedIn 

Danielle Culberson is second year Master’s candidate in the Health Informatics program at the University of Michigan, with an interest in data analytics and Health Information Exchange (HIE) operation.  She received her BBA from Northwood University in 2010 in Advertising/Marketing and worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for 2 ½ years prior to enrolling at UM. At U-M, she is involved with Women in Health Leadership (WiHL) and she has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 2008. LinkedIn 

Lavanya Kumar recently graduated from the School of Information specializing in Human Computer Interaction. With a bachelors degree in Cognitive Science, she really enjoys understanding socio-technical connections, and is excited to further explore her interests by working with her team and to help create a student tracking system for Yabonga's Youth Program. She also has a huge traveling bug and is looking forward to discovering Capetown, its people, and its culture! LinkedIn

Shreyas Ramani is currently a second year MHI student at the University of Michigan. He finished his undergraduate degree from Michigan, graduating with a major in chemistry in 2015. After graduating, he became interested in how data and technology and technology are used in healthcare, and especially how it can be used to improve the health of populations and individuals. In the past, he has worked for several biomedical labs at the University of Michigan. Outside of school, he is involved with United to Heal, a student organization that gathers, sorts, and ships unused medical supplies to developing countries, and participated in Innovation in Action this past year. He is participating in GIEP because of the community-level work Yabonga is doing to improve health in Cape Town. LinkedIn

2015 - India

Eldercare - Nightingales Medical Trust (Bangalore)

Pritika Dasgupta is a first-year Master in Health Informatics graduate student with an interest in natural language processing, medical dictionaries and electronic healthcare accessibility. She holds a MPH in Epidemiology with a certificate in public health genetics from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from Cornell University. During her time in Ann Arbor, she has done research with genetic datasets, HPV, cancer and mathematical models. She is planning for a future in academia and hopes to pursue a PhD in either epidemiology or medical informatics. Apart from her intellectual pursuits, Pritika is passionate about community engagement on various public health issues. Additionally, she enjoys teaching genetics at an undergraduate level, attempting to learn the cello (after having several years of training in classical violin) and going on long scenic bike rides. LinkedIn

Anna Myers is a first-year graduate student in the Master of Health Informatics program. She is interested in the intersection of user-centered design and healthcare in both clinical and consumer spaces. She has a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. LinkedIn

Rachel Atwood is a first-year Health Informatics graduate student. She is interested in human computer interaction and design in the healthcare space. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she worked in nonprofit technology and communications. She has Bachelor of Arts degree from New College of Florida where she studied Religion and Political Science. LinkedIn

Tom Bergman is a second-year master’s student at the School of Information, where he is specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. Tom started his professional career in clinical psychiatry before changing direction and pursuing design. This background helps to shape his design through his attention to detail and combining clinic and user experience research methods when conducting user studies.  Tom also has a programming background and has previously worked as a frontend developer. He believes that this experience is key in designing good products as he is able to sympathize with the developer and generate realistic goals. LinkedIn

Edukitchen: Flexible Learning System - Centre for Internet and Society (Bangalore)

Verena Getahun is a first-year master’s student in the School of Information, specializing in library and information science and human-computer interaction. She is interested in supporting libraries and non-profits in making information accessible. LinkedIn

Jesse Kerstetter is a first-year master’s student in the School of Social Work, specializing in  Community Organization with a focus on Children and Youth in Family and Society. Prior to starting his MSW, Jesse earned his BS in Art Education at the University of Kutztown in Pennsylvania, taught English in Japan and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Cabo Verde and Mozambique. LinkedIn

Brandon Patterson is a graduate student in the School of Education studying higher education. He hopes to create digital learning technologies that will give underrepresented communities access to higher education, as well as better understand the changing global learning environment.  Brandon has a background in advising, mentoring and planning programs with international students and students planning to study abroad at the university level. He believes that educational technologies, like those being developed at the University of Michigan, are changing the traditional classroom setting in drastic and exciting ways. LinkedIn.

Urban Informatics Portal - Indian Institute of Human Settlements and International Institute of Information Technology - Bangalore (Bangalore)

Betsy Cooper has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her lengthy design resume, she interned in Cleveland for the Western Reserve Land Institute creating parcel inventories, learning about project management, grant writing and urban reforestation. She is a second-year Master’s of Urban Planning student in the University of Michigan’s Taubman School of Art and Architecture, graduating in May. LinkedIn

Malcolm MacLachlan is a second-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in information analysis and retrieval and human-computer interaction. He is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering through the Rackham graduate school. LinkedIn

Drew Phillips is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student with an interest in using mapping technologies to address urban issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Rochester and has five years of experience in biological research. He was first drawn to environmental biology while interning at a waste water treatment plant, then he moved toward exploring the interaction between human civilization and the environment, and finally he settled on urban planning. He is especially interested in developing new metrics to quantify impacts of developments. LinkedIn

Frank Romo is a research associate at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles. Romo earned his B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University. After graduating from LMU, Frank enrolled in a yearlong post-graduate studies program in architecture and urban planning at Columbia University. Frank is currently pursuing a M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. As a trained community organizer and educator, Frank’s main area of expertise is in community development. He has worked with government agencies across the U.S. as an educational consultant, community organizer and planning associate for low-income neighborhoods. LinkedIn

Hospital Learning Management System - Be Well Hospitals (Chennai)

Shannon Fearday is a first-year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Nursing studying Healthcare Administration and Informatics. For the past few years, Shannon has worked as a staff nurse in acute care cardiology, where she became interested in discovering ways to improve workflow and promote quality patient care in the healthcare setting. She hopes to use her nursing informatics knowledge along with her healthcare experience to optimizing the design and management of health information and communication technologies. Shannon also works at the University of Michigan Health System in the Professional Development and Education Department, acting as an educator for nursing orientation and assisting with annual nursing competencies.  LinkedIn

Allyson Mackay is a second-year graduate student at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Master of Science in Information with a specialization in information analysis and retrieval. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. Allyson is a technical co-op at General Electric where she has worked as a digital data services intern from May to December 2014, and is currently a quality assurance intern with the GE Capital team. She has extensive project management experience and technical skills in web development, data manipulation and analytics and research. Prior to starting graduate school, Allyson was a health literacy program manager with the Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she conducted research on the health information seeking behavior of adolescents and trained volunteers to be health education navigators. Allyson received a Master of Science in Public Health from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and French from Tulane University in 2008. LinkedIn

Abir Viqar is a first-year graduate student in the Health Informatics Program at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Master of Health Informatics. He has experience in web and mobile application development, recently completing an internship with the fashion retail startup Postelio. Abir received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2013, where he pursued a pre-health concentration. In his spare time, Abir enjoys reading about 19th century history, US politics and enjoys bike riding. LinkedIn

mobile Maternal-Child Health - iKure (Kolkotta)

Anjuli Dasika is a first-year Master’s candidate at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, studying Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) with a certificate in Global Health. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies with minors in Public Health and South Asian Studies from UCLA. During her time as an undergraduate student, Anjuli worked for a nonprofit international health organization called Fellowship for International Service and Health, which organizes bi-monthly health education clinics in the Mexican community of Maclovio Rojas. In 2013, Anjuli also interned as a tutor for third and fourth grade students at an English Medium school in Pune, India. Anjuli is excited to return to India to do nonprofit work and looks forward to the opportunity to bring her global health experience and health education skills to the mMCH project. LinkedIn

Nick Reid is a second-year Master’s candidate at the University of Michigan, studying Health Informatics. Nick’s primary interest in health comes from communication issues and information disparities that surround chronic and stigmatized diseases. This interest developed during his undergraduate career at UC Berkeley, where he learned to understand his own genetic disease through art (he made an interactive floor projection where ‘players’ are chased by medical bills). Before coming to Michigan, Nick focused on HIV prevention, both at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and at a startup he co-founded. Creating a solution that navigates social and technical issues that affect women’s health in rural India excites Nick.  LinkedIn

Jackie Wolf is a second-year master’s candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. Jackie holds bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Classical Civilization. Before she came to Ann Arbor, Jackie worked as a microbiologist in a food safety laboratory in California. Her interest in user experience led her to Paraguay last summer to work with the social enterprise Fundacion Paraguaya on developing innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment and disseminating them throughout the world. She is excited to bring her background in user experience research, project management and education to the Maternal Child Healthcare project with iKure. LinkedIn

Library Management / Disability and Sport -  National Institute for Speech and Hearing (Trivandrum)

Sybil Boone is a second-year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information pursuing a Master of Science in Information degree specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and a certificate in Health Informatics. Prior to UMSI, she worked for several years at the University of Michigan Health System as a project manager and research education coordinator to implement online education programs to train emergency medical professionals and doctors in rural areas. Her interests are in user centered design and the implementation of technologies to connect marginalized communities to resources and quality health related information. LinkedIn

Sessie Burns is a second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her focus is in international policy, particularly how the relationships between NGOs and states affect development and peacebuilding in post-conflict and post-disaster areas. She spent last summer managing a series of schools for a growing nonprofit, New Education Highway, in the Rakhine State in Myanmar. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Sessie worked in accounting in Miami, Florida. She has a BA in Mathematics and is a proud alumna of Kalamazoo College.  LinkedIn

Jharina Pascual is a second-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information. She specializes in Library and Information Science. Jharina has worked in academic libraries for fifteen years, most recently at the University of California Irvine Libraries. Her areas of interest include information literacy, resource discovery, and electronic resources management. Before attending UMSI, Jharina completed a thesis focusing on critical theory and Asian American literature and received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Humanities from Scripps College.

2014 - India

Hampi Arts Initiative - Jaaga Trust (Bangalore)

Aysha Siddique is a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in human computer interaction and data science. She has a background in computer science and information systems, and two years of technical work experience in government and research domains. Aysha brings her skills in design, programming, and user experience research to the Hampi Arts Initiative, and is excited to learn about archival processes and public education through interactive digital mediums. LinkedIn

Michelle Fiesta is a first year master's candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, specializing in human-computer interaction. Michelle holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthropology, and also brings skills in user experience research, front-end development, and project management to the team. She is excited to be a part of the Hampi Arts Initiative and interested in cultivating skills relevant to the creation of interactive physical technology. LinkedIn

Mark Langrehr is a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Michigan. After his undergraduate architecture degree, Mark worked in architecture firms in Chicago and Singapore for three years. Mark’s professional experience ranges from master planning and design competitions to the construction phases of commercial office projects. Mark is interested in user-focused design and collaborating across disciplines, as well as architecture’s engagement with varied issues ranging from place, form, and society to the everyday.  LinkedIn

Human Rights Law Support Network - Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore)

Sloka Krishnan is a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Library and Information Science. Sloka’s background includes community-building work among queer and trans people of color, as well as research, writing, and editing. Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Sloka worked as an administrative assistant at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. LinkedIn

Joyce Sakata is a first year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in human-computer interaction. She graduated from the University of California -Berkeley in 2008 with a degree in Architecture and City and Regional Planning. Since then, she has worked as a Designer for an architectural design firm in San Francisco as well as Assistant Project Manager for the City and County of San Francisco. Her background is in user-centered architectural design, project management, and coordination. She will use her skills in user experience and front end development to help create an intuitive, interactive and more enjoyable system for the ALF. LinkedIn

Maura Youngman received her BA in Communication Studies and a certificate in International Journalism from Hamline University. Upon graduation, Maura served as an Education Coordinator and eventual New Media Strategist at the Pulitzer Center from August 2009 – August 2012 where she helped develop and manage and train new users on a large-scale Drupal-based website. Currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information, Maura's work in user experience research took her to work with the visually impaired community in Rwanda last summer as well as serving as a research intern alongside her heroes at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Maura was a finalist for the Google-AP Journalism and Technology Scholarship in 2013, and a winner of the Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge in 2011. Her digital work at the Pulitzer Center has been honored by the National Press Foundation, the National Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. LinkedIn

Disability Policy Analysis Web Resource - National Institute of Speech and Hearing (Kerala)

Elyse Guilfoyle is an Industry Analyst at Google where she conducts market research for music and sports clients. Elyse also acts as the Ann Arbor office's Google for Nonprofits lead and regularly speaks at conferences and evangelizes Google's tools with nonprofits across the country. She is pursuing a graduate degree part-time in the University of Michigan School of Information with a specialization in information policy, and her primary research interest is information privacy. In her spare time, Elyse enjoys attending film and music festivals, traveling, and gluten-free cooking. LinkedIn

Kevin Smith is a second year graduate student at the University of Michigan School of Information. His academic interests include consulting and entrepreneurship in the information field, and he comes from an interdisciplinary technical background. His most current experiences include information policy research and analysis with the U.S. federal government. Kevin is an avid musician and teacher, and is interested in creating social change through enterprise. LinkedIn

Caitie Goddard is a second year graduate student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy studying international development and human rights. Prior to returning to school, Caitie spent time living and working in Spain, Uganda and most recently, New Zealand, where she was the Program Development Coordinator for a small international NGO. During her undergraduate studies, Caitie worked as a job coach for adults with disabilities in Michigan. Caitie loves traveling, learning about new cultures, and sampling as many new foods as possible. LinkedIn

Visualizing India's Cities - The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (Bangalore)

Marlon Phillips is a second year graduate student specializing in Human Computer Interaction at the School of Information. His previous field of study was Urban & Regional Planning with a minor in Geographic Information Science at Michigan State University. Marlon’s current focus is on applying user experience, interaction design, and emerging technologies to generate creative solutions that improve the urban experience. LinkedIn

Christopher Herlich is a first year Master of Urban Planning student, with a concentration in Physical Planning and Design. Before returning to school, Chris worked as a government relations and environmental consultant, performing policy analysis at the local, state and national scales on a wide range of topics. His previous long term professional projects have included environmental justice analysis, policy benchmarking, and public utilities and infrastructure analysis. Upon graduation, Chris hopes to become a planning consultant focusing on the impact of data on the urban form. LinkedIn

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Harvesting Knowledge - Digital Green (New Delhi) 

Jasmine Hentschel is a first year Masters student at the School of Information. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in Linguistics, she went on to work with a language testing company for a couple years before realizing it was time to return to life in academia. At UMSI, she’s currently working on finding a way to fuse her interests in international development, applied linguistics, learning and educational technologies, and computing in non-Roman scripts. LinkedIn

Edgar Nuñez will be receiving his Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in May 2014.  His previous studies include a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After his time at UCSC, Edgar spent two years as a international service leader for Global Glimpse in San Francisco. More recently, he worked at MetWest High School as an Operations Manager, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations at this social-justice based high school. Edgar’s interests include information literacy through the design of user-friendly web applications. LinkedIn

Krishna Vadrevu will be graduating from the University of Michigan School of Information with a Master of Science in Information in 2014. Specializing in human-computer Interaction, his passion is in ensuring that the user of a system can perform their task in the most efficient and effective manner. With a background in cognitive science and services science, he brings a holistic approach in looking at how to conduct user research and systems design. LinkedIn

Data Driven Healthcare - Be Well Hospitals (Chennai)

Lan VoBa, a second year student in the Master of Science in Information program at the School of Information, is specializing in information analysis and retrieval, health informatics, and human computer interaction. She has experience in programming, application development, and database design. Her interests are in the design and implementation of electronic health record systems and improving the overall interaction between users and technology in the clinical workflow. LinkedIn

Asif Sheikh is a first year Master of Health Informatics student in both the School of Information and School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. His interests are in developing low cost medical devices for developing nations in order to enhance public health. He chose to pursue his graduate studies after doing his undergrad around global health disparities and informatics also at the University of Michigan. In addition, Asif has spent time working as a data analyst for a local hospital system, as an intern at various think tanks and startups, and even at a prison as a workshop facilitator. LinkedIn

Chris Liu is a second year Master of Health Informatics student with experiences in data analytics and health information exchange at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). Prior to joining UM, Chris was a usability researcher for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and was responsible for evaluating the usability of a clinical research tool, researching on the needs and preferences of potential users and recommending an enhancement plan. Previous to his work at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Chris was a student consultant at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for clinical IT integration to improve patients’ care and satisfaction. His interests and studies focus on physician performance improvement and healthcare access enhancement in emerging markets by using information technologies. LinkedIn

Jessica Roch is a second year Master in Public Health student studying Health Behavior / Health Education, with a concentration in Health Informatics. Her studies focus on the behavioral aspects of health and the theories that drive human decisions as it relates to chronic disease prevention and management, and the role that the private sector plays in public health, particularly as it relates to reach and delivery of messages.  Through her work with UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization, Jessica has experience in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs at the population level. LinkedIn