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Meet the Committee

Joel is a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in the Jaramillo Group. His research focuses on the chemistry and physics of materials at the nanoscale for the creation of renewable fuels and chemicals.


Shaheen is a PhD candidate in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley/UCSF and received her bachelor’s in Bioengineering at Stanford in 2014. Her research focuses on building electrophoretic cytometry tools to study differences in proteins in cancer cells.

 Victoria Hernandez, Speaker Recruitment Co-Chair

Victoria is a PhD candidate in Neurosciences at Stanford University. Her research explores the contribution of glia to neuroinflammation and stroke in mouse models.


Neil is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at UC Berkeley. His research investigates how polymer based piezoelectret devices can be used to harvest waste energy in the environment.


Dara is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. She works with Professor Stacey Bent and received her bachelor’s in Chemistry at Stony Brook University.


Rolando is a PhD student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. As a member of the RISE Lab, his research focuses on scaling the processes by which people build, train and deploy machine learning models, as well as making these models more adaptable to change via improvements to process and infrastructure.


Diana is a PhD student in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. She obtained a master’s in Physics from SFSU. She works on space plasmas and CubeSats. She received the Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 2017.


Brian is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on manufacturing. He decided to apply to grad school after doing research in a design for nanomanufacturing lab.


Emily is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry at Stanford University. She is a researcher in a materials science and engineering group and develops polymer nanoparticle delivery systems for immune-stimulating molecules.


Sofia is a third-year PhD student in the mechanical engineering department at UC Berkeley. She received her bachelor’s and master’s from UC Berkeley in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Sofia was born in El Salvador and was raised in Los Angeles. Her research is on the fracture and nanomechanical properties of orthopedic polymers. She was a student participant for GPS in 2015.