Alejandro Rubiano is a 2nd year undergraduate student at Louisiana State University, where he studied computer engineering for a year before becoming an electrical engineering major. His research interests include developing 3D-printed carbon-based sensors and microcontroller circuits for use with those sensors; he currently works with these devices as a student researcher in LSU’s BioMEMS and Bioelectronics Laboratory, and is eager to expand his knowledge of smart systems and microelectronics while working in Prof. Sung June Kim’s NanoBioSystems Laboratory as part of the IRiKA program. When he’s not working, Alejandro enjoys watching and playing sports (especially soccer, football, and basketball), traveling, and learning/practicing songs on the piano.
Bri Robertson is a second-year undergraduate student at Louisiana State University, where she is a Stamps Scholar and studies Computer Engineering and Physics. At LSU, she researches temperature monitoring and stabilization for fluorescent sensing platforms with the Electrical Engineering department. After graduating from LSU, she intends to pursue a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. While not studying or researching, she enjoys travelling, for her most recent adventure was backpacking through the UK before studying at Oxford University in England. Moreover, she is a licensed Ham Radio operator, spending most weekends making contacts on the radio.
Shayla Breedlove is a 1st Year PhD student at the University of Florida studying Electrical Engineering. She was awarded both the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and DOD SMART fellowship for 2019. She completed her Bachelors degree in 2016 at The Ohio State University in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Electromagnetics. Her current research topic is Chip-Scale Surface Plasmon Based Electro-Optic devices. This research allows her to merge her love of Maxwell’s equations with device fabrication. During her free time, Shayla enjoys traveling, sports, tackling DIY projects, mentoring others and listening to music.
Skylar Ladson-Gary is a second-year undergraduate student at Northwestern University studying Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Korean Language and Culture. In 2017, she was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and since then she has wanted to pursue research in the biomedical and pharmaceutical field to find treatments for this condition. Skylar is currently the president of Northwestern’s National Society of Black Engineers Chapter and Peer Health Exchange, which is a community service organization where college students teach a comprehensive health curriculum to high school freshmen. In her free time, she likes spending time with her family and friends, trying new food, and listening to podcasts.
William Jeang is a 3rd year undergraduate at Northwestern University in the department of Materials Science & Engineering. There, he works on an interdisciplinary team in the Center for Bio-integrated Electronics that leverages advanced materials processing techniques to develop new classes of wearable and implantable medical devices. These devices employ wireless, real-time sensing technologies for monitoring important biochemicals such as glucose, chloride, lactate, pH, and dopamine. During his IRES-IRiKA internship at Seoul National University, he will be researching under Prof. Noo Li Jeon on applying materials science concepts to new approaches in microfabrication and microfluidics for in-vitro soft tissue engineering. Outside of lab work, he is an avid home cook and is excited to explore Korean cuisine and also improve his Korean language skills. His other hobbies include rock climbing, yo-yoing, landscape photography, and listening to music.