People

Irfan Ahmad, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Irfan Ahmad, Ph.D.

Irfan Ahmad serves as the executive director of the Health Maker Lab and is assistant dean for research for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He also is the executive director for interdisciplinary initiatives for the Grainger College of Engineering. His research interests involve bionanotechnology, nanomedicine, sensors, and precision agriculture. Irfan recently helped found Avicenna Community Health Center, a social entrepreneurial endeavor, providing high-quality, culturally-competent, integrated preventive and curative healthcare services to the uninsured residents.

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Directory
David Atkins, Art and Design Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

David Atkins, Ph.D.

David Atkins is the director of art and design facilities.

School of Art + Design Profile
Rashid Bashir, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Rashid Bashir is dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research group is interested in developing new technologies for precision and personalized medicine, and 3D bio-fabrication of cellular systems.

Illinois Experts Profile
Lisa Bievenue, CU Community Fab Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Lisa Bievenue

Lisa Bievenue is the director of Informatics Programs, where she manages projects and coordinates proposals for interdisciplinary research and instructional programs involving informatics. Her education research efforts have been directed toward project evaluation of education and outreach projects in computer and computational science. She is also involved in educational research on making and design activities in middle school classrooms.

Informatics Staff Directory
Paul Braun, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Paul Braun, Ph.D.

Paul Braun is the director of the Materials Research Laboratory and professor of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests are energy storage, polymers, self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics. His lab, The Braun Group, focuses on new functional materials for energy storage and solar energy harvesting.

Illinois Experts Profile
Martin Burke, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Martin Burke, MD, Ph.D.

Martin Burke is a chemistry professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the associate dean for research at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His research focuses on the synthesis and study of small-molecule natural products that perform protein-like functions.

Illinois Experts Profile
Alex Cabada, IDEA Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Elisandro Cabada

Elisandro Cabada is an Assistant Professor and the Medical and Bioengineering Librarian in the Grainger Engineering Library where he serves the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. As faculty in the Innovation, Discovery, DEsign, and DAta  (IDEA) Lab, he provides research, instruction, and support for emerging technologies, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Illinois Experts Profile
Neal Cohen, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neal Cohen

Neal J. Cohen is a professor in the Department of Psychology, the Neuroscience Program, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from University of California San Diego. He serves as founding director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute.

Illinois Experts Profile
Brian Cunningham, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Brian Cunningham, Ph.D.

Brian Cunningham has authored or co-authored 173 peer-reviewed journal papers, 86 issued US patents, 137 conference talks, and has delivered 130 invited lectures. His work has won numerous awards, and he was named the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering. His research interests include biophotonics, lab-on-a-chip, and applications in health diagnostics.

Illinois Experts Profile
Bruce Fouke, Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Bruce Fouke, Ph.D.

Bruce Fouke is a professor of geology, and serves on multiple science panels at NSF, DOE and NASA. Results from his scientific research have been reported on in National Geographic, the New York Times, and National Public Radio.

Illinois Experts Profile
Elif Ertekin, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Elif Ertekin

Elif Ertekin is the current director and principal investigator for the Nanomanufacturing Node. She is engaged in research in computational materials design, mechanical properties at the nanoscale, electronic properties of materials for energy storage and conversion, nanoscale phase transitions, properties of interfaces between dissimilar materials, and defect-property relationships for materials.

Mechanical Science and Engineering Profile (MechSE)
Molly Goldstein, Product Design Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Molly Goldstein, Ph.D.

Molly Goldstein serves as the director of the Product Design Lab. While obtaining her Ph.D., Molly was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award and was a Bilsland Fellow. Her research focuses on student designer trade-off decisions through the study of their design actions and thinking.

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE) Profile
Lisa Goodpaster, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa Goodpaster MHA, MSTD

Lisa Goodpaster is the Associate Director for Project Management at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She is also a member of the Health Maker Lab Executive Team. Lisa has worked in healthcare for over 29 years, 27 of those years with Carle Foundation Hospital before coming to Carle Illinois. Her background and education includes, but is not limited to, Community Health, Health Administration, and Training and Development.

Elizabeth Hsiao Wecksler, Rapid Prototyping and Innovation Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Elizabeth Hsiao-Wecksler, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Hsiao Wecksler is a professor of mechanical science & engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She directs the Human Dynamics and Controls Laboratory (HDCL) in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. She was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Educator Awardee – Society of Women Engineers.

Illinois Experts Profile
Mark Johnson, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Mark Johnson, MD

Mark Johnson is a clinical instructor for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a physician with The Carle Foundation.

Illinois Experts Profile
King Li, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

King Li, MD

King Li serves as the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He specializes in molecular imaging and radiology, and has authored or co-authored over 140 journal articles and also holds 17 patents, with another six pending. His experience includes leadership, research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at various institutes and universities.

Illinois Experts Profile
Kesh Kesavades, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Kesh Kesavadas, Ph.D.

Kesh Kesavadas works at the forefront of virtual reality and its application to medicine. He developed the world’s first stand-alone virtual reality robotic surgical simulator (RoSS) and also co-founded two start-up companies. He serves as the director of Healthcare Engineering Systems Center.

Illinois Experts Profile
Xiuling Li, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Xiuling Li, Ph.D.

Xiuling Li is interim director for the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.  Her research interests involve nanowires, nanoelectronics, and nanophotonics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Profile (ECE)
Ruby Mendenhall, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Ruby Mendenhall, Ph.D.

Ruby Mendenhall serves as the assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Her research examines how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects black mothers’ mental and physical health.

Illinois Experts Profile
Alan Mette, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Alan Mette

Alan Mette is the director of the School of Art + Design. Mette serves as the chair of the Foundations Program and Studio Arts Division as well as co-chair of the Metals Program. While serving as interim associate dean of academic affairs, he’s also an active member in several committees.

School of Art + Design Profile
Antonios Michalos, Health Care Engineering Systems Center, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Antonios Michalos, MD

Antonios Michalos is a clinical assistant professor of medicine. He is the former director of medical research at ISS Inc., a world leader in biomedical instrumentation research and development and in translation and commercialization of biomedical optical technologies.

Illinois Physics Directory
Lowell Miller, Architecture Fabrication Studio, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Lowell Miller

Lowell Miller is the fabrication supervisor for the Illinois School of Architecture (ISoA) Fabrication Shops. Lowell oversees operations in the ISoA woodshop, laser cutter lab, digital fabrication shop and print/3D print lab. He also developed the Root to Roof program, which minimizes urban wood and tree waste by turning that material into usable lumber for design build projects.

Illinois Campus Directory
William Mischo, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

William Mischo

William Mischo is head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and the Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received numerous awards and published over 70 article and conference papers. He also served as acting dean and university librarian at Illinois from February 2017 to January 2018.

Illinois Experts Profile
Jeffrey Moore, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Jeffrey Moore, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Moore serves as the director of Beckman Institute. He has published over 300 articles in journals such as Macromolecules, the Journal of Chemical Education, Advanced Materials and the Journal of Materials Chemistry. He has received awards for both teaching and research, and was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Illinois Experts Profile
Rakesh Nagi, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rakesh Nagi, Ph.D.

Rakesh Nagi’s research interests are in location theoretic approaches to facilities design, agile enterprises and information-based manufacturing, and just-in-time production of assemblies.

Illinois Experts Profile
Michael Oelze, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Michael Oelze, Ph.D.

Michael Oelze is a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a part of a company, Tissue Differentiation Intelligence, LLC, that develops small probes that can automatically detect nerve and other structures using ultrasound. His research interests include monitoring therapy response and many others.

Illinois Experts Profile
Jeffery Poss, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Jeffery Poss

Jeffery S. Poss is a professor in the school of Architecture. He currently serving as interim director of the school. His studio teachings focus on the development of concept, materials, and detail into architectural design. His firm has designed and completed numerous award-winning proposals.

Illinois Experts Profile
Aric Rindfleisch, Illinois Maker Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Aric Rindfleisch, Ph.D.

Aric Rindfleisch is a John M. Jones Professor of Marketing and Executive Director of the Illinois MakerLab. His 3D printing-focused research has been published in several leading academic journals and has won numerous awards. Aric also teaches at all levels and was named one of the Best 300 Professors in America by Princeton Review.

Illinois Experts Profile
Gene Robinson, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Gene Robinson, Ph.D.

Gene Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior, led the effort to sequence the honeybee genome, and authored or co-authored over 300 publications. He has many honors and awards, and has trained 29 postdoctoral associates and 23 doctoral students, over half with faculty positions in academia.

Illinois Experts Profile
Vishal Sachdev, Illinois Maker Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Vishal Sachdev, Ph.D.

Vishal Sachdev is the director and co-founder of the Illinois MakerLab. He has taught IT strategy, analytics, visualization, artificial intelligence in business, digital marketing, digital fabrication, design thinking, fintech, system development, data modeling and SQL. He is researching the role of technology in enabling new approaches to teaching and learning.

Illinois Experts Profile
Mauro Sardela, BioMaker Lab, University of Illinois, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Mauro Sardela, Ph.D.

Mauro Sardelo serves as the director of research facilities for the Materials Research Lab. His research experience covers several fields of materials fabrication and characterization. He’s been involved in the growth and characterization of various thin film and multilayer systems including epitaxial heterostructures and metals by various growth techniques.

Materials Research Lab Profile
Janet Sinn Hanlon, Design Group at Vet Med, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Janet Sinn-Hanlon

Janet Sinn-Hanlon is a medical illustrator with the DesignGroup@VetMed. She specializes in creating 3D models from scientific data, such as CT and MRI, for 3D prints, implant and prosthetic prototypes, and interactive 3D educational tools in AR and VR. She also does 2D and 3D illustrations and animations for presentations and publications.

VetMed Directory
Casey Smith, Electronic Design Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Casey Smith

Casey Smith is the senior instructional lab coordinator in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He manages 20 instructional labs spanning the ECE department curriculum including the ECE Open Lab, a creative makerspace for students across campus. Prior to joining the department in 2014 he was the Senior Design Engineer at Opal Kelly Inc. and a Research Engineer at the University of Chicago Engineering Center.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Profile
Rachel Switzky, Siebel Center for Art + Design, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rachel Switzky

Rachel Switzky holds two degrees in industrial design from Illinois and has worked with a broad range of professions as an executive at the global design firm IDEO in San Francisco. She most recently served on the leadership team of IDEO’s 150-person studio managing a multimillion-dollar design portfolio.

Siebel Center for Design Profile
Jed Taylor, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jed Taylor

Jed Taylor is the Executive Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering’s Technology Entrepreneur Center and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University’s EnterpriseWorks incubator.  He is responsible for directing the Illinois Innovation Corps programs and other entrepreneurship programs run out of the TEC.

Technology Entrepreneur Center
Huimin Zhao, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Huimin Zhao, Ph.D.

Huimin Zhao is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. He has won numerous research and teaching awards, authored and co-authored over 290 research articles and over 20 issued and pending patent applications. His primary research interests are in the development and applications of synthetic biology tools to address society’s most daunting challenges in health.

Illinois Experts Profile

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Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams is an Office Administrator in Academic Affairs with the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She is passionate about patient advocacy and patient centered research in health care. Sarah’s advocacy efforts have been directed through her active involvement as a member of the Cancer Center at Illinois’ Cancer Research Advocacy Group (CRAG), participation on local patient advisory committees, and serving as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.

Rashid Bashir, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rashid Bashir

Rashid Bashir is dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research group is interested in developing new technologies for precision and personalized medicine, and 3D bio-fabrication of cellular systems.

Illinois Experts Profile
Stephen Boppart, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephen Boppart

Stephen Boppart is a professor, physician-engineer, and serial entrepreneur.  He heads the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory and the Center for Optical Molecular Imaging at the Beckman Institute where he develops novel optical imaging technologies and translates these into clinical applications.  After finishing his BS and MS degrees in Electrical and Bioengineering here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he completed his PhD in Medical and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and his MD from Harvard Medical School.  His medical training and specialty are in Internal Medicine.  Professor Boppart has developed technologies to image surgical margins for residual tumor cells during breast cancer surgery, to more accurately diagnose ear infections in children, and to replace histology slides with real-time optical biopsies of living tissues and cells, to name a few.  He has also co-founded four medical device companies and serves as Chief Medical Officer to commercialize and disseminate these technologies to change the standard of care.  He is currently Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer of our Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and a long-time advocate for advancing healthcare by developed technologies and educating the next generation of physician-innovators at the intersection of engineering and medicine.

Experts Profile
Antoinette Burton, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Antoinette Burton

Antoinette Burton is a historian at the University of Illinois, where she directs the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. IPRH is the campus hub for humanities research and practice, and their mission is aligned with the Health Maker Lab because they believe in changing the face of knowledge.

Diane Durbin, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Diane Maria Durbin

Diane Maria Durbin worked 17 years in the airline industry before returning to school for a career in biomedical research. At the University of Illinois, Diane completed a B.S. and a Ph.D., both in Biochemistry. She continued her graduate research in a post-doctoral position studying the structure-function of high-density lipoproteins and their inverse relationship to atherosclerosis. Diane left academia for industry to work for Abbott Laboratories and then in Pharmaceutical R&D as a medical writer. Diane retired from Abbott/AbbVie in 2012.

Don Elmore, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Don Elmore

Don Elmore is the Director of Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC. He has worked in a variety of industries including computer-assisted instruction, networking products, scientific instruments, software development and publishing. He also co-owns a small retail business in Champaign. Don provides help in several areas including startup assistance, business plan development, financing, marketing strategy and more. He is also a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois.

John Flygare

John graduated from Urbana High School and attended Carleton College, Northwestern University, and Stanford University. He has over 25 years of experience in the biotech industry in San Francisco. He spent 5 years at Tularik and 17 years at Genentech before going to Merck in 2016. John serves as a leader of project teams with responsibilities for chemistry, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, toxicology, and biology. John has also designed and taught organic and medicinal chemistry courses at Stanford University. He is also an author or co-inventor of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and patents.

Alex Gorsuch, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Alex Gorsuch

Alex Gorsuch is an engineering consultant and serial entrepreneur. He has consulted on startup strategy and built over 200 products for clients across a spectrum of industries, concentrating on agtech and biomedical. His entrepreneurial efforts focus on bringing ruggedized diagnostic tools to remote locales as well as improving care through integrated sensors and microfluidics. In addition, he was an instructor of Site I-Corps at New Mexico State University, where he mentored entrepreneurs and directed a statewide prototyping lab while obtaining his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at EnterpriseWorks, concentrating on upfront prototyping and ideation.

William Jackson

William C. Jackson, is Executive Director at the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) in Chicago.  He was formerly the president at Johnson Controls.  He has a background in engineering and business and has a grasp of the roles industry can play in solving real-world challenges. Under Jackson’s leadership, DPI has focused on establishing a number of deep industry partnerships and garnering private funding. He has worked to add internships, research experiences, and workshops for both university and K-12 students.   

Paradise Jamal

Paradise Jamal graduated from high school in May. She will start at Parkland in the fall and will study to be an emergency medical technician.

Lynn Jones

Lynn B. Hassan Jones MD is a diagnostic radiologist physician. She spent 24 years in private practice in the state of Minnesota and is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American College of Radiology/ACR, Radiologic Society of North America/RSNA, the Illinois State Medical Society/ISMS, and Champaign County Medical Society/CCMS. She has recently served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Community Measurements/MNCM and currently serves on the Board of Avicenna Community Health Center, a free clinic in Urbana-Champaign serving the under and uninsured local residents.

King Li, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

King Li

Dr. King Li serves as the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He specializes in molecular imaging and radiology, and has authored or co-authored over 140 journal articles and also holds 17 patents, with another six pending. His experience includes leadership, research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at various institutes and universities.

Illinois Experts Profile

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Isaac McCoy, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin

Isaac McCoy

Isaac McCoy is an educator, professional mentor, and business development executive skilled at navigating the busy intersection of nonprofits, public entities, corporations, and social impact investments. A former White House Appointee in the Obama Administration who led economic policies and initiatives to support the growth and sustainability of minority-owned businesses, Isaac is also the co-founder of the Jamii Group, a social impact and business development firm and was also selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as a Global Innovation Fellow. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Business at the historic Stillman College.

Sarah Nixon, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah Nixon

Sarah Nixon is the founder of Miniature Horse Power, a winner at the inaugural Health Make-A-Thon competition. Inspired by her daughter, Sarah’s aim is to mitigate adverse childhood experiences through miniature equine-facilitated therapy (MEFT) and to advance MEFT through scientific research and innovation.

Julie A Pryde, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Julie A. Pryde

Julie A. Pryde is the Administrator of Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), a nationally accredited health department. Ms. Pryde earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, Springfield. She is an IL licensed social worker and a certified public health administrator. Ms. Pryde is an accomplished grant writer, researcher, and speaker. She is published in several professional journals and has presented at multiple Illinois and national conferences.

Luisa-Maria Rosu, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lusia-Maria Rosu

Luisa-Maria Rosu leads the I-STEM (Illinois Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Initiative and is the Assistant Director for STEM program evaluation and educational assessment in the Center for Innovation Teaching and Learning (CITL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former mathematics teacher, elementary through college, Luisa’s interests evolved from teachers‚ professional knowledge and continuing education to the quality of teaching, and the evaluation of STEM programs in higher education. Her research is focused on STEM innovation and creativity in interactive educational contexts.

Blair Rowitz

Dr. Blair Rowitz serves as the associate dean for clinical affairs and clinical assistant professor for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He also serves as the associate chief medical officer for surgical services, specialty institutes and graduate medical education and the associate chief academic officer at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Yusef Shari'ati, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yusef Shari'ati

Yusef Shari’ati is a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign whose research interests include water oxidation catalysis, solar energy harvesting, and x-ray spectroscopy. He and his team earned a place among the 2019 Health Make-a-Thon winners with their innovative phototherapy treatment device targeting hyperbilirubinemia in jaundiced newborns.

Marissa Siero, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Marissa Siero

Marissa Siero, M.S., is an experienced entrepreneur, instructor, business owner, and mentor. She works as the programs manager and oversees corporate engagement for the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her background in exercise science, kinesiology, community health, disability studies, and entrepreneurship enables her to provide support and mentorship in the durable medical and healthcare space.

Rachel Switzky, Siebel Center for Art + Design, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rachel Switzky

Rachel Switzky holds two degrees in industrial design from Illinois and has worked with a broad range of professions as an executive at the global design firm IDEO in San Francisco. She most recently served on the leadership team of IDEO’s 150-person studio managing a multimillion-dollar design portfolio.

Siebel Center for Design Profile
Jed Taylor. Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jed Taylor

Jed Taylor is the Executive Director of the University of Illinois College of Engineering’s Technology Entrepreneur Center and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University’s EnterpriseWorks incubator. He is responsible for directing the Illinois Innovation Corps programs and other entrepreneurship programs at TEC. Taylor helps to lead several grants related to technology commercialization, including the Accelerating Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs (AWARE) program which launched with funding from the National Science Foundation. Jed earned a master’s in computer science and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Utah State University.

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Brian Cunningham, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Brian Cunningham, PH.D.

Brian Cunningham has authored or co-authored 173 peer-reviewed journal papers, 86 issued US patents, 137 conference talks, and has delivered 130 invited lectures. His work has won numerous awards, and he was named the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering. His research interests include biophotonics, lab-on-a-chip, and applications in health diagnostics.

Illinois Experts Profile
Khan Siddiqui, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Khan Siddiqui, MD

Khan Siddiqui is a physician-innovator and entrepreneur. He founded higi and Stealth Startup and worked as a visiting associate professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Mark Johnson, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Mark Johnson, MD

Mark Johnson is a clinical instructor for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a physician with The Carle Foundation.

Illinois Experts Profile
Issam Moussa, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Issam Moussa, MD, MBA

Issam Moussa is a clinical professor for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a physician with The Carle Foundation.

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Richard Berlin, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Richard Berlin, MD, MBA

Richard Berlin is a clinical associate professor for the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a surgeon with The Carle Foundation.

Illinois Experts Profile
Haitham Hassnieh, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Haitham Hassnieh, Ph.D.

Haitham Hassanieh is an assistant professor in the ECE and CS departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He won the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2016, a 2018 Google Faculty Research Award, and a 2019 Alfred Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

Illinois Experts Profile
Michael Oelze, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Michael Oelze, Ph.D.

Michael Oelze is a professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a part of a company, Tissue Differentiation Intelligence, LLC, that develops small probes that can automatically detect nerve and other structures using ultrasound. His research interests include monitoring therapy response and many others.

Illinois Experts Profile
Casey Smith, Electronic Design Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Casey Smith

Casey Smith is the senior instructional lab coordinator in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He manages 20 instructional labs spanning the ECE department curriculum including the ECE Open Lab, a creative makerspace for students across campus. Prior to joining the department in 2014 he was the Senior Design Engineer at Opal Kelly Inc. and a Research Engineer at the University of Chicago Engineering Center.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Profile
Molly Goldstein, Product Design Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Molly Goldstein, Ph.D.

Molly Goldstein serves as the director of the Product Design Lab. While obtaining her Ph.D., Molly was awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award and was a Bilsland Fellow. Her research focuses on student designer trade-off decisions through the study of their design actions and thinking.

Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE) Profile
Mauro Sardela, BioMaker Lab, University of Illinois, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Mauro Sardela, Ph.D.

Mauro Sardelo serves as the director of research facilities for the Materials Research Lab. His research experience covers several fields of materials fabrication and characterization. He’s been involved in the growth and characterization of various thin film and multilayer systems including epitaxial heterostructures and metals by various growth techniques.

Materials Research Lab Profile

Shengchang Tang, Ph.D.

Shengchang Tang is an assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT. Currently, his research involves using polymer science to create new biomaterials.

Illinois Experts Profile
Paul Braun, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Paul Braun, Ph.D.

Paul Braun is the director of the Materials Research Laboratory and professor of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests are energy storage, polymers, self-assembly, electronic materials and photonics. His lab, The Braun Group, focuses on new functional materials for energy storage and solar energy harvesting.

Illinois Experts Profile
Cecilia Leal, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Cecilia Leal

Cecilia Leal is an assistant professor in Materials Science and Engineering. She also researches biomaterials.

Illinois Experts Profile
Viktor Gruev, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Viktor Gruev

Viktor Gruev is an associate professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His specialty lies in ECE.

Illinois Experts Profile
Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Citlali Lopez-Ortiz, Ph.D., MA

Citlali Lopez-Ortiz is an assistant professor in Kinesiology and Community Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and an MA in biomechanics. 

Illinois Experts Profile
Rachel Switzky, Siebel Center for Art + Design, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Rachel Switzky

Rachel Switzky holds two degrees in industrial design from Illinois and has worked with a broad range of professions as an executive at the global design firm IDEO in San Francisco. She most recently served on the leadership team of IDEO’s 150-person studio managing a multimillion-dollar design portfolio.

Siebel Center for Design Profile
Deana McDonagh, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Deana McDonagh

Deana McDonagh is a professor in Industrial Design and faculty at Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. Her research involves emotional user-product relationships and how empathy plays a role in that relationship. 

Illinois Experts Profile
King Li, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

King Li, MD

King Li serves as the dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He specializes in molecular imaging and radiology, and has authored or co-authored over 140 journal articles and also holds 17 patents, with another six pending. His experience includes leadership, research, clinical, educational and entrepreneurial roles at various institutes and universities.

Illinois Experts Profile
Judith Rowen, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Judith Rowen, MD

Judith Rowen serves as the associate dean for academic affairs at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. She has over 20 years of medical education experience.

Naisruddin Mansury, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Nasiruddin Mansury, MD

Nasiruddin Mansury is a neonatologist at the Carle Foundation.

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Lisa Davis, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Lisa Davis, MSN, NNP-BC

Lisa Davis is a neonatology nurse at the Carle Foundation.

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Lisa Bievenue, CU Community Fab Lab, part of the Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Lisa Bievenue

Lisa Bievenue is the director of Informatics Programs, where she manages projects and coordinates proposals for interdisciplinary research and instructional programs involving informatics. Her education research efforts have been directed toward project evaluation of education and outreach projects in computer and computational science. She is also involved in educational research on making and design activities in middle school classrooms.

Informatics Staff Directory
Jeff Ginger, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Jeff Ginger, Ph.D.

Jeff Ginger serves as the director of the Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab. He is also the program coordinator at the Illinois Informatics Institute and is an adjunct lecturer at the iSchool at Illinois.

iSchool Faculty Page
Pramod Mallipaddi, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Pramod Mallipaddi, MD

Pramod Mallipaddi is a clinical associate professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is also a physician in the neonatology department at the Carle Foundation.

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Noelle Morey, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Noelle Morey, MD

Noelle Morey is a neonatologist at the Carle Foundation.

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Laura Hickenbottom, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Laura Hickenbottom, NP

Laura Hickenbottom is a nurse practitioner in the neonatology department at the Carle Foundation.

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Temitope Shodunke, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Temitope Shodunke, MD

Temitope Shodunke works as a physician in the critical care and nephrology departments at the Carle Foundation.

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Wendy Heller, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Wendy Heller, Ph.D.

Wendy Heller serves as the head of the Psychology Department and is a professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She researches the neural mechanisms associated with emotion-cognition interactions and their implications for psychopathology.

Illinois Experts Profile
Irfan Ahmad, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Irfan Ahmad, Ph.D.

Irfan Ahmad serves as the executive director of the Health Maker Lab. His research interests involve bionanotechnology, nanomedicine, sensors, and precision agriculture. Irfan recently helped found Avicenna Community Health Center, a social entrepreneurial endeavor, providing high-quality, culturally-competent, integrated, preventive, and curative healthcare services to the uninsured residents.

Agricultural & Biological Engineering Directory
Kesh Kesavades, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Kesh Kesavadas, Ph.D.

Kesh Kesavadas works at the forefront of virtual reality and its application to medicine. He developed the world’s first stand-alone virtual reality robotic surgical simulator (RoSS) and also co-founded two start-up companies. He serves as the director of Healthcare Engineering Systems Center.

Illinois Experts Profile

Nahil Sobh

Nahil Sobh is a data scientist, affiliated with the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His expertise includes deep learning, machine learning, and high performance computing.

Beckman Institute Directory
Gary Durack, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gary Durack

Gary Durack joined SIMnext as CEO in 2016. He leads a dynamic team of engineers, clinical experts, and commercial professionals in the delivery to clinicians of novel simulation-based training, education, and certification products that are improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs around the world. In 2015 he founded the TEKMILL, a fast-growing contract design and fabrication business located at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Health Care Engineering Systems Center
Laura Frerichs, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Laura Frerichs

Laura Frerichs is director of the University of Illinois Research Park and EnterpriseWorks business incubator.  She is responsible for managing startup company oversight and supporting the University’s economic development efforts.

Research Park Profile
Mehmood Rasheed, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mehmood Rasheed, MD, FACR

He is a rheumatologist at Carle Clinic.  His medical interests include- connective tissue diseases, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Jenny Amos, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jennifer Amos, Ph.D.

She is Director of Student Assessment and Evaluation, Quality Officer, Carle Illinois College of Medicine.  She is teaching associate professor at the Department of Bioengineering. She is engaged in global health initiatives.

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