TRAINEES

* current or former CEDAR fellow

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Wenjing Li
(Trainee)

PhD student, Mathematical Sciences
Research Interest: Ensemble Learning, Statistical Modeling
Fun Fact: I love karaoke and traveling, and I find the most relaxing thing outside of work is having fun with my cats.

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Dennis Hofmann*
(Trainee)

PhD student, Data Science
Research Interest: Intent recognition and automating data life cycle
Fun Fact: I am fluent in German.

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Jacob Feinstein*
(Trainee)

PhD student, Physics
Research Interest: Experimental Physics / Solid-State Physics
Fun Fact: I am kind of a history buff! It does not really matter the specific topic; I always love to learn more!

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Maddie Reed*
(Trainee)

PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Sustainable synthesis and recycling of polymers, and biofuel development and applications
Fun fact: I love to rock climb and I have a recycling blog where I design and feature artwork about improving plastics sustainability knowledge.

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Samuel Allen*
(Trainee)

PhD student, Management
Research Interest/Topic of interest: Sustainability, Systems Thinking
Fun fact: I have lived and worked on four continents, and I’m fluent in three languages.

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Tim Woodard
(Trainee)

PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Sustainable Energy – Developing technology for converting under-utilized energy resources into fuels and chemicals.
Fun Fact: I like to learn and practice fermentation. I make my own kimchi, brew my own beer and kombucha, and grow my own bread yeast.

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Paige Kington
(Trainee)

PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Modeling and data analysis in sustainable engineering from the molecular to systems levels.
Fun fact: I fostered 7 kittens while working from home in 2020.

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Eric Warnemunde Vertina
(Trainee)

PhD Student, Data Science
Research Interest: Accelerating Discovery and Characterization of Functional 2D Materials for Catalysis and Solar Energy Conversion Using Data Science Methods.
Fun fact about yourself: I speak some German

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Kevin Heath*
(Trainee)

PhD student, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Research Interest: Agent-based modeling of bumblebees
Fun fact: I love reading in my free time, my current favorite author is Brandon Sanderson.

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Andrew M. Fitzgerald*
(Trainee)

PhD Student, Physics
Research Interest: Terahertz science and technology, nanomaterials for energy conversion, and photonics.
Fun Fact: I’m an avid chess player and enjoy photography.

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Liz Belden
(Trainee)

PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Renewable/Alternative Fuels, Utilization of waste plastics for fuels
Fun fact: I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and I love to travel. I have been to 10 countries and hope to make it to at least 20 in my life!

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David Kenney
(Trainee)

PhD student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Predicting solute partitioning with minimal knowledge of compound structure.
Fun Fact: I enjoy going to the gym and using it as a time to relax and clear my mind.

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Matt Rando
(Trainee)

MS student, Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: Molecular Modeling and Sustainability
Fun fact: I’m an avid fan of musicals, and I also play disc golf in my spare time.

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Xin Zhang
(Trainee)

PhD student, Data Science
Research Interest: Imitation Learning, Meta-Learning and Spatial-temporal Data Mining.
Fun Fact: I love to paint with watercolor in my free time.

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Nicholas Josselyn
(Trainee)

PhD student, Data Science
Research Interest: Deep learning medical image analysis
Fun fact: I played baseball for 14 years and have played tennis for 10 years and continue to play.

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Peter Van Nostrand
(Trainee)

PhD student, Data Science
Research Interest: Explainable AI, Computational Social Science
Fun Fact: I enjoy hiking, reading, and making projects with 3D printing.

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Biao Yin
(Trainee)

PhD student, Data Science
Research Interest: Deep-Learning for Scientific Discovery of Materials with Improved Corrosion-Resistance on Small Datasets
Fun fact: I enjoy outdoor cycling and indoor ping-pong in my spare time.

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Zhuowen Chen
(Trainee)

PhD student, Business
Research Interest: Lithium ion battery supply chain management
Fun fact about yourself: I love traveling and watching movies. I enjoy going out to different places and relax on weekends.