Carnegie Mellon University

The PCR Team

Kelly Matula

Kelly Matula (DC 2018)


  • BPH 217

Kelly is a PhD student in the Social & Decision Sciences department. Her research focuses on understanding how doctors and patients make medical decisions and developing strategies to help them make better ones. She is particularly interested in assessing and improving the public's medical literacy.

Originally from New Jersey, Kelly graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and research experience in psychology. She then worked at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Center for Neuroscience and Society, where she first became interested in science communication.

Kelly has also done a great deal of outreach and advocacy work for students with disabilities, and one of her long-term goals is to help make science education and careers more accessible. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, reading, and kayaking.

Junjue Wang

Junjue Wang (CS 2020)


Junjue is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department. He builds cognitive assistants running on wearable computers that continuously analyze what a user sees and provide guidance in real-time to help the user perform tasks.

Originally from China, Junjue graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in computer engineering and a passion for creating pervasive computing technologies that seamlessly merge the digital world into the physical world.

Junjue is also passionate about disseminating science. He believes scientists not only should excel in research, but also make science understandable and fun to the general public.

Jesse Dunietz

Jesse Dunietz (CS 2018)

President Emeritus

  • GHC 6008

Jesse is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Department. He teaches computers to understand what we humans mean when we talk about cause and effect.

Originally from New Jersey, Jesse received his bachelor's degree in computer science from MIT. He has taken his computer science skills into a wide variety of contexts, including software companies, charitable organizations, and physics laboratories. He has also taught college programming courses and helped run computer science outreach programs for children.

Jesse believes firmly in the need for scientific and technological literacy in modern society, and is thrilled to be working toward that vision. He is also easily distracted by birds.

Mark Cheung

Mark Cheung (E 2020)


  • PH B4

Mark is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department & Center for Neural Basis of Cognition Program. He analyzes how different areas of the brain communicate with each other. He is interested in how communication differs under abnormal conditions – e.g., while patients with brian damage are meditating.

Prior to CMU, Mark graduated from University of Virginia (UVa) also with a Bachelor's in ECE. While at CMU, he has been showing other students how cool science and engineering are in an array of outreach programs such as Madison House High School Tutoring at UVa and ECE Outreach (in addition to PCR).

He also enjoys reading, yoga, and meditation.

Julian Whitman

Julian Whitman (E 2021)

Blog Lead

Julian is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He works on bio-inspired robots that slither and crawl. Julian completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, with a Mechanical Engineering major and an Entomology minor, combining his love of insects with his passion for robotics to create robots that move like animals do. Julian has been excited about science communication since high school in Northern Virginia, and aims to make academic research more accessible to the general public.