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Emerging Scholars in Engineering Lecture

The intent of the Emerging Scholars in Engineering lecture series is to showcase early career academics from underrepresented groups in engineering, who are nearing completion or who have completed a doctoral degree or postdoc. Visits are organized to simulate the experience of a faculty job interview and culminates with structured feedback. This lectureship serves a crucial professional development role by providing an insider perspective on the faculty hiring process.

Complete the form below to nominate speakers for this series. Interested postdocs and others can self-nominate, as well. We will contact nominees for their CV, if not provided below, to complete the nomination process.


December 17 - Adrian Ildefonso, Graduate Research Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
"Single-event Effects in RF Circuits: How Tiny Lightning Strikes Can Wreak Havoc in Space Communications Systems:

April 1 - Caroline Winters, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Appointee, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM
Interrogation of Plasma Discharges in Reacting Molecular and Supersonic Environments via Advanced Spectroscopic and Imaging Diagnostics "


December 6 - Rachel Jackson, Ph.D. candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
“Developing ankle exoskeleton assistance strategies by leveraging knowledge of the mechanisms involved in human locomotion"

November 14 - Sossena Wood, Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
RF Developments to Identify Human Diseases in 7T Human MRI

October 11 - Marjan Rafat, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholar, Bioengineering, Stanford University
"CD8+ T Cells Inhibit Tumor Cell Migration to Irradiated Normal Cells"

September 6 - Jorge Vazquez-Anderson, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
"Insights into RNA design from novel molecular tools"

April 19 - Renita Horton, Ph.D., assistant research professor in the Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University
"Engineering Approaches to Cardiovascular Diseases: Matters of the Heart"

February 29 - Catherine Whittington, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scientist in oncology research at Eli Lilly and Company
3D In Vitro Models of Tissue Morphogenesis and Disease