2019 Fellowship Recipients
Destenie Nock will join the department of engineering and public policy (EPP) as a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in 2019, and begin as an Assistant Professor of EPP in 2020. She joins CMU having received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, she performed energy systems modeling in both New England and Sub-Saharan, using multi-criteria decision analysis and applied optimization to better equip policy makers to understand energy planning options. Nock’s broad research interests are focused around using mathematical modeling tools to address societal problems related to sustainability planning, energy policy, and engineering for social good. She brings to CMU a breadth of professional experience, having worked in industry, national labs, and government settings on issues related to energy systems.
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support projects: The People Are The Light, afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recipient of the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, There Are Black People in the Future body of work. Her national and international exhibitions include; the Mattress Factory Contemporary Museum, Art on the Bank in London, Octavia Butler conference at Spelman University, the Carnegie Museum of Art Studio XX in Montreal, Project Row House and the Houston Art League in Texas, Rush Art gallery in NY, and the Charles Wright museum in Detroit. In the last few years her work in public art installation has grown with her design of art in several parks, the afronaut(a) film series and new public work, Streaming Space, a 24 foot pyramid with video and sound installed in Pittsburgh's downtown Market Square. Wormsley has an MFA in Film and Video from Bard College and was recently awarded the Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ebenezer Concepción is a fellow in the Department of Modern Languages. Working with Professor Kenya Dworkin, his research explores how marginal characters in modernist Latin American novels written in the early twentieth century exercise their free will and agency to navigate and subvert systems of oppression. He (re)examines how these texts revise the stigmatization of sex, gender, and racial difference in order to allegorically critique normative discourses on and practices of modernization, identity, and embodiment in European and Latin American societies. Ebenezer was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago (UChicago) and has taught courses on Hispanic American literature and culture, research methods and academic writing, Spanish and Portuguese languages, and English as a second language. He received a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies from UChicago.
Daphne Chang is a fellow in the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. Working with Professor Alessandro Acquisti, her research will focus on the choices involved around information disclosure and its subsequent effects. Specifically, her work will focus on the degree to which everyday individuals understand and choose to use these influences to sway the behavior of others. Her doctoral research involved the purposeful and strategic use of social norms and rhetoric to influence behavior. She received her Ph.D. in information from the University of Michigan in 2019.
Corey Harper is a fellow in the Civil Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Working with Sean Qian and Constantine Samaras, his research focuses on using machine learning and computer vision applications to assess the impacts of natural hazards and other disruptions in the transportation network on traffic operations. His doctoral work focused on economic cost and transportation systems impacts modeling to explore the infrastructure, environmental, and safety implications of connected and automated vehicles. He is also Young Member on the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences’ Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation and has previously held a position at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC, supporting clients on technical and policy issues related to automation systems.
Corine Jackman is a fellow who is working with Professor Shelley Anna in the department of Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Professor Luisa Hiller in the department of Biological Sciences. Corine’s current research investigates microbial interactions that are representative of the human microbiome while employing a microfluidic platform. More specifically, she investigates cell-cell and cell-host interactions relating to pathogenic and commensal bacteria that colonize the upper and lower respiratory tract. Corine has received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where her research focused on developing a microfluidic platform to investigate bacterial interactions in the human vaginal microbiome. Corine is a recipient of several awards including the Pre-Doctoral Ford Foundation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation – Graduate Research Fellowship. In the future, Corine will continue applying chemical engineering principles to answer complex biological questions while teaching and mentoring others.
Karmel Shehadeh is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. My primary research interests lie in scheduling theory and algorithms; stochastic optimization, and (mixed) integer programming with applications to healthcare operations.I hold a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology, a master degree in Systems Science and Industrial Engineering from Binghamton University, and a doctoral degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan under the advising of Professor Amy Cohn and Professor Ruiwei Jiang. (from website).
Sarah Fox is a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, where she’ll be starting as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. Her research focuses on how technological artifacts challenge or propagate social exclusions, by examining existing systems and building alternatives. Her work has earned awards in leading computing venues including ACM CSCW, CHI, and DIS, and has been featured in Design Issues, the Journal of Peer Production, and New Media and Society. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Centered Design & Engineering from the University of Washington and has worked in design research at Microsoft Research, Google, and Intel Labs (from website).