Carnegie Mellon University

Emily Grayek

Emily Grayek

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bio

Emily Grayek is a postdoctoral researcher and is part of the National Network for Critical Technology Assessment. Emily is working with Baruch Fischhoff to research the public perception of biotechnology and technology investments. Her past work focused on medical decision making from the perspective of regulators, practitioners, and patients. Her research interests include public risk perception and risk communication in order to improve how the public can be used to inform policies. 
 
Emily received her PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. in Bioengineering from University of Missouri - Columbia. Prior to joining CMU Emily worked in Technical Services at Epic Systems maintaining electronic record systems. 

Bodong Shang

Bodong Shang

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bio

Bodong Shang received his B.Eng. degree in the School of Information Science and Technology from Northwest University, Xi'an, China, in 2015, his M.S. degree in the School of Telecommunications Engineering from Xidian University, Xi'an, China, in 2018, and was affiliated with the State Key Laboratory of Integrated Services Networks, and his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA, in 2021, and was affiliated with the Wireless@VT. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. He received the National Scholarship for graduate students. He held a summer research internship position at Nokia Bell Labs. His current research interests include several aspects of wireless communications and networking, such as 6G, spectrum sharing, vehicle-to-everything, non-terrestrial networks, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces, and edge computing.

Aranya Venkatesh

Dr. Aranya Venkatesh

Research Scientist

Bio

Dr. Aranya Venkatesh is a research scientist in the Engineering and Public Policy department at Carnegie Mellon University, primarily working on the Open Energy Outlook project to examine decarbonization pathways for the U.S. energy sector using open-source energy systems models. She holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College in India and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are focused on modeling and evaluating energy infrastructure development, and the environmental and policy implications of energy utilization decisions. She has a background in systems modeling, optimization, and data analysis for energy technology and environmental assessment, with over 8 years of research experience in industry, government, and academia. In addition to research, she currently teaches the 'Sustainable Energy for the Developing World' course at CMU.

Yanran Yang

Yanran Yang (E 2021)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Bio

Yanran Yang is a postdoctoral research associate, working with Prof. Baruch Fischhoff. She received her PhD degree (2017-21) from the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, co-advised by Prof. Baruch Fischhoff and Prof. Gabrielle Wong-Parodi (Stanford University).

Her research applies behavioral decision science to characterizing and communicating scientific results to inform risk-related decisions. Her initial graduate research focused on communications about advanced energy technologies. More recently, she has been working on public health decisions. The focus of her dissertation examines ways of graphically communicating infectious disease forecasts for seasonal influenza and COVID-19.

She received her M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and B.A. in English Literature and Journalism at Tsinghua University.