Scholar Alums

ARCS Scholar Alums, We’d Like to Hear from You!

You are a vital part of our mission. Your stories encourage current scholars and help us attract new funding for future scholars.

Stay involved with ARCS Foundation members and other scholars if you have moved to the Pittsburgh area or want to give back in any way, including speaking about your research at an ARCS Foundation event. Let us know how you would like to participate in carrying ARCS Foundation work into the future.

To notify the Pittsburgh Chapter that you are in the area, please email us at pittsburgh@arcsfoundation.org. To update your information, navigate to the Member & Scholar login.  To learn more about speaking at or hosting an event, click here.

ARCS 2015 Scholar Alumni

Peter Chapman
Computer Security and Privacy
CMU

Tom Jackson
Novel Analog circuit design
CMU
Peter Lund
Motor control and brain-machine interfaces
CMU
Courtney Andersen
Cancer pharmacology, Nuclear
receptor signaling
Pitt
Whitney Lane
Pharmacology and breast cancer
Pitt
Nick Pavlovsky
Neuroprosthetics and brain computer interfaces
Pitt
Laura Radville
Climate change and plant root ecology
Penn State
Lauren Eve Strahs
Drinking water treatment
CMU
Brooke Sullivan
Genetics and viral-medicated gene therapy
Pitt
ARCS Scholar Alum Spotlight - Melissa Day

Melissa writes, “I can’t believe it’s been six whole years since I became an ARCS scholar!” Melissa was the recipient of the Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Award for the first three years of her doctoral degree at the world-renowned Chemical Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University from 2009-2012. She has recently completed her PhD and will be an AAAS Fellow this coming September while working at the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Research in the Air, Climate, and Energy Research Program.  She says, “I’m very excited!”

During her time at Carnegie Mellon as an ARCS scholar, Melissa published three papers “to investigate how climate change may impact the air quality in the Eastern United States.”  Her first paper, Predicted Changes in Summertime Organic Aerosol Concentration Due to Increased Temperature, which can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231011008521, “shows that the climate change response of natural or biogenic emissions may be more important than temperature changes alone.”  A second paper, Effects of a Changing Climate on Summertime Fine Particulate Matter Levels in the Eastern U.S., shows “the very complex results of changing every meteorological factor at once.” It can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014JD022889/full. Melissa also shared a third paper, Evaluation of the Ability of the EC Tracer Method to Estimate Secondary Organic Carbon, which she says, “I was able to use my air quality model to evaluate how accurate an emissions measurements technique was that experimentalists use in the field, and provide some suggestions to increase its accuracy.” Her overall thesis is available online at http://gradworks.umi.com/36/90/3690564.html.

Currently, Melissa is continuing her work with the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She spoke about her work building a potable water pumping system for a rural community in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador at prior ARCS events. She is pleased to report that it “was completed in January 2012 and has been functioning well since then.” She recently traveled back to the same community to help install two latrines and a handwashing station. She says, “We were pretty successful.” A time lapse video of the progress is available at https://youtu.be/mxSex0V2U4E.  Melissa is organizing the fundraiser Whiskey for Water for Engineers Without Borders which will be held on July 22 at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse on the Northside. More information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whiskey-for-water-a-fundraiser-for-engineers-without-borders-pittsburgh-tickets-17428083868.

ARCS Scholar Alum Spotlight - Bart Roland

Bart was an ARCS scholar at Pitt from 2008 to 2011.  He wrote to us, "I just wanted to give you and the other ARCS folks a heads up that some of my thesis work will be released soon in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Cell Science."
ARCS Scholar Alum Spotlight - Elisabeth Gilmore

In 2004, Elisabeth Gilmore was the first and sole recipient of a Scholar Award from the ARCS Foundation - Pittsburgh Chapter. She now holds a dual PhD in Engineering and Public Policy and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her dissertation work evaluated the costs, air quality and human health effects of distributed electricity generation.

Following a post-doctoral position at the Climate Decision Making Center at CMU, Elisabeth was selected as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, where she worked on the quantification of benefits and avoided risks of different climate scenarios in the Climate Change Division at the Environmental Protection Agency.

In the fall of 2011, Elisabeth accepted an assistant professor position in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will be focusing on energy and environmental policy.

Before her doctoral studies, she worked at the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway (PRIO). This work resulted in two widely cited publications on the links between diamonds and civil conflict. She also holds a Masters and Bachelors in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto.

To read more about Elisabeth's research, click here.

Pittsburgh ARCS Scholar Alums

ARCS Pittsburgh Scholar alums continue to make their mark on the scientific world. We are proud of their accomplishments.

 

Name Field of Study

Prince Awuah

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2008-2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Berook Alemayehu

Burke-Harter Award 2009
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Courtney Andersen The Woodard-Ryan Award 2013-2015
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program

Armen Arevian

Thomas W. and Carol K. Henderson Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation 2006-2008
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Neuroscience, Biological Sciences

Kristen Balogh Leslie

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2008-2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

David Bamman Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2011-2013
Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science/Language Technologies Institute

Brian Becker

Westinghouse Electric Company Award 2007-2019
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Robotics

Shawn Burton Hans and Leslie Fleischner Award (III) 2011-2013
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Biological Sciences

Chase Hetherington Butler

Hans and Leslie Fleischner Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Inorganic Chemistry/Astronomy

Anny Caceres Joy-Linhart Award 2010-2012
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Peter Chapman

The Kirwin-Leckey Award 2013-2015
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Mahlon Collins Huntington-Testoni Award 2009-2011
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Neuroscience

Sarah Cook

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2009
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Neuroscience

Whitney Coyle The Bennett-Coppersmith-Palmer Award 2010-2012
Penn State University, Graduate Program in Acoustics
Amy Dale Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2011-2013
Carnegie Mellon University, Engineering and Public Policy, College of Engineering
Melissa Day

Dr. Arnold O. Beckman Award 2009-2011
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department

Mark DeBlois

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Biological Sciences, Neuroscience

Andrew DeYoung Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2010-2012
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Chemistry Department

Thomas C. Diaz

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2006
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Michael H. Dinitz

Vicki and Tom Griffin Award 2005-2007
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Computer Science

Gabriella Engelhart Farnham

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2005-2007
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering

Denver Faulk The Stockman-Paul Award 2011-2013
University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Samantha Finkelstein Hans and Leslie Fleischner Award (IV) 2011-2013
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction Institute
Denise M. Finney The Maureen Emily Ryan Award 2010-2012
Penn State University, Department of Biology
Robert Fisher The Fine Foundation Award 2009-2011
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Machine Learning Department

Katherine Fu

Lawrence J. Rhoades Memorial Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Elisabeth A. Gilmore

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2004-2006
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Engineering

Kevin Gimpel

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2006-2008
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Computer Science, Language Technologies Institute

Alysha J. Grenko

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2006-2008
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Materials Science & Engineering

Meredith Hanlon Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2010-2012
Penn State University, Department of Biology
Katharine Harris The Beukema-Carrow-Wainwright Award 2010-2012
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos

Gookin Family Foundation Award 2008-2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Lindsey Hines

Highmont Foundation Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Robotics

Lauren Jackson Jeanne Berdik Founder Award 2009-2011
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Rachel Jackson The Berdik-Elliott Award (III) 2011-2013
Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tom Jackson Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2013-2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Megan Jamiolkowski Westinghouse Electric Company Award 2010-2012
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering
Whitney Lane The Jeanne Berdik Founder Award 2013-2015
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program
Adam Large Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2011-2013
University of Pittsburgh, Center for Neuroscience
William Levine Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2009-2011
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Department of Physics
Peter Lund The BNY Mellon Award 2013-2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Department of Biomechanical Engineering
Douglas Marvel Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2009-2011
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Immunology Program
Michael McCann The Roy and Susie Dorrence Award 2010-2012
Carnegie Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering Department

Michelle Messmer
 

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2008-2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Robert Matthew Miller The Burke-Harter Award 2011-2013
University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering
Callie Norris McCague-Munchmeyer-Ragni Award 2009-2011
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Program
Austin Nuschke Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2011-2013
University of Pittsburgh, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program, College of Medicine

Stephen Oney

Heitzenroder-Stockman-Woodward Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute/Astronomy

Nick Pavlovsky The Abraham-Martin-Ragni Award 2013-2015
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
Laura Radville Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2013-2015
Penn State University, Department of Ecology

Andrew Rape

Carol and Richard Heppner Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering

Katharine Ricke

Abraham-Wainwright Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Engineering & Public Policy

Bartholomew Roland

Granito-M. Ryan Award 2008-2010
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Julia Schwarz The BNY Mellon Award 2009-2011
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Nathaniel Shank

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Chemistry

Manya Sleeper The Thomas W. and Carol K. Henderson Family Fund Award 2010-2012
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Robert Smith

MSA Charitable Foundation Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering

Stephen Spagnol PPG Industries Award 2010-2012
Carnegie Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department

Kathleen Spees

Berdik-Elliott Award 2005-2007
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Engineering & Public Policy

Lauren Strahs The Heppner-Testoni-Young Award 2013-2015
Carnegie Mellon University, Charnegie Institute of Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Enrique Suarez

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2008
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Physics, Radio Astronomy

Brooke Sullivan The Fine Foundation Award 2013-2015
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Interdisciiplinary Biomedical Graduate Program
Tyler Tarr Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2010-2012
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Center for Neuroscience
Christopher Thawley Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2011-2013
Penn State University, Ecology Intercollege Graduate Program, Huck Institute of the Life Sciences

James Arthur Tolbert II

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Jason Tsay Catalyst/Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2010-2012
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Daniel J. Wendlandt

Hans and Leslie Fleischner Award 2005-2007
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

David Whitney

Pittsburgh Chapter Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon College of Science, Biological Sciences

Jessica Wilson

Berdik-Elliott Award 2008-2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Christopher Wirth

PPG Industries Award 2007-2009
Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering