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. 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
Karen Edwards, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Karen Edwards

Karen is the director of the Design Group – a full service graphic design office that has been operating for over 35 years at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  Our talented team includes graphic designers, web designers and a medical illustrator and has been supporting teaching, research and marketing efforts for both our college and as well as many other units on campus.

Illinois Directory
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
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
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
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
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
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 serves as the head of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering. His 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
Kimani Toussaint, Health Maker Lab at Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Kimani Toussaint, Ph.D.

Kimani Toussaint is the director and principal investigator for the Nanomanufacturing Node. He also directs the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE Lab) at Illinois, an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on developing advanced optical techniques for both quantitatively imaging collagen-based biological structures.

Illinois Experts Profile
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

Judges

Aadeel Akhtar, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Health Maker Lab

Aadeel Akhtar, M.D., Ph.D.

Aadeel Akthar is an alumni of the University of Illinois. During his time at Illinois, Aadeel was a IGERT fellow in Neuroengineering and an MD/PhD Fellow with the Bretl Research Group. He founded PSYONIC, whose mission is to develop advanced prostheses that are affordable for everyone worldwide.

PSYONIC
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
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
Stephen Boppart, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Stephen Boppart, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen Boppart is head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute and a Professor in the Bioimaging Science and Technology group. He is affiliated with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, Internal Medicine, the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Institute for Genomic Biology.

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

Martin Burke, M.D., 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
Neal Cohen, Health Maker Lab, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neal Cohen, Ph.D.

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
Sharon Donovan, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Health Maker Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharon Donovan, Ph.D., R.D.

Sharon Donovan is a professor and the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in nutrition and health. She has over 165 peer-reviewed publications and receives grant support from several national and industry organizations. Her research efforts have been recognized by national and international organizations with several awards.

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

King Li, M.D., MBA

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
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
Tom Parkinson, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Health Maker Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tom Parkinson, MBA

Tom Parkinson is the senior director of Illinois Ventures and a lecturer of business administration. He has been investing in, mentoring, and advising technology-based startups for more than 30 years. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Pipeline, a prestigious entrepreneurial fellowship program based in Kansas City.

Illinois Business Directory
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
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
Margarita Teran-Garcia, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Health Maker Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Margarita Teran-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.

Margarita Teran-Garcia is an assistant professor of nutrition in the College of ACES. She conducts transdisciplinary research on obesity and other nutrition-related diseases among low-income populations. She has experience in clinical nutrition, nutrigenetics, and childhood obesity.

Illinois Experts Profile

Mentors

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.

Vitaliy Soloveychik, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Vitaliy Soloveychik

Vitaliy Soloveychik serves as a clinical assistant professor at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He is a neonatologist at the Carle Foundation.

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.

Carle
Dipanjan Pan, Health Maker Lab at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Dipanjan Pan, Ph.D.

Dipjanpan Pan is an associate professor in Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering and at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. His research involves bioimaging at multi-scale.

Illinois Experts Profile
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 the lead scientist for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is in the Beckman Research Staff.

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