Bass Connections Team Members After Graduation

Many Duke alumni continue working on issues they began tackling through Bass Connections. In some cases, Bass Connections projects have affirmed or inspired future plans. The following are just a few examples of former students who are pursuing further studies or working in a field related to their Bass Connections projects.

The information below each name includes major/program, school (Trinity is indicated by T and Pratt by P), graduation year, Bass Connections project and current position.

Jessica Allen
Mechanical Engineering, P’15
Energy and the Environment
Project Engineer, Duke Energy Corporation

John Allums
MA in Teaching, The Graduate School ’15
Creating Online Education for K-12 Teachers of the Probability and Statistics Common Core
PhD Student in Statistical Science, North Carolina State University

Jessica Bolton
PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience, The Graduate School ’15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, University of California-Irvine

Samuel Bursten
Public Policy Studies, T’14
The University as an Energy Laboratory
Associate, Energy Impact Partners

Travis Byrum
Statistical Science, T’13
Public Access to Government Information
Data Scientist, Morning Consult

April Christensen
MEM, Nicholas School of the Environment ’16
The Effects of Unconventional Shale Gas Development on Rural Communities
Business Development Associate, Invenergy

Clara Colombatto
Neuroscience and Philosophy T’15
Trauma and Timing
PhD Student in Psychology and Philosophy, Yale University

Danielle Colson
Mechanical Engineering, P’15
Energy and the Environment
Associate Engineer in Power Generation Development, NextEra Energy Resources

Allison Donnelly
Environmental Sciences, T’14
U.S. Climate Policy Options
Project Consultant, Energy and Resource Solutions

Chelsea Ducille
Women’s Studies, T’15
Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care
Master’s Student in Public Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Leena El-Sadek
Global Health and Cultural Anthropology T’15
Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health
Research Analyst, Center for Justice, Safety and Resilience, RTI International

Noura Elsayed
Psychology, T’16
Responding to the Educational and Psychological Needs of Children and Families in Durham’s Transitional Housing
Research Technician II, Translational Center for Stress Related Disorders, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Yumeng Fang
Neuroscience, T’13
Education and the Changing Brain
Research Fellow, McLean Hospital

Isa Ferrall
Mechanical Engineering, P’15
Energy and the Environment
MS/PhD Student in the Energy and Resources Group of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, University of California-Berkeley

John Gitau
Civil & Environmental Engineering, P’15
Energy and the Environment
Commercial Leadership Program, General Electric

Emily Hadley
Statistical Science and Public Policy Studies, T’15
Education, Poverty and Economic Inequality in Rural Appalachia
Data and Policy Fellow, College Advising Corps

Garrett Harmsen
Mechanical Engineering and Economics, T’15
Energy and the Environment
Project Manager/Engineer, Avatech

Kshipra Hemal
Statistical Science, T’16
Racial and Educational Inequality as a Consequence of Family Structure
Global Health Corps Fellow, Population Council

Victor Holden
Public Policy Studies, T’15
Energy and the Environment
Cofounder, Sun2O Partners

Akshita Iyer 
Neuroscience T’14
Perception, Language and Memory
Cofounder and Chief Operating Officer, Inirv Labs

Vinesh Kapil
International Comparative Studies T’14
North Carolina Latino Health Project
Program Analyst, Saving Lives at Birth, US Agency for International Development

Tiffany Kearse
Neuroscience T’15
Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience 
Master’s Student in Medical Physiology, Case Western Reserve University

Edlyn Koo
Economics and Psychology T’14
Education and the Changing Brain
Analyst, Goldman Sachs

Gabrielle Levac
Statistical Science, T’14
Coursera and the Future of Free Massive Open Online Courses
Cofounder, Biometrix

Charlotte Lee 
Public Policy T’15
Environmental Epidemiology Research Training in the Peruvian Amazon
Research Aide, Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging, Weill Cornell Medicine

Hans Lie-Nielsen
Earth & Ocean Sciences, T’14
Digital Archaeological and Historic Landscapes
Geo Visual Data Specialist, Google

Melissa Manus
MS in Global Health, The Graduate School ’16
Shining Evolutionary Light on Global Health Challenges
Assistant Director, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM)

Caroline Meade
Biology, T’15
Information, Child Mental Health and Society
Clinical Research Coordinator, Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care

Max Orenstein
Civil Engineering P’15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation 
Operations Management Leadership Program, GE Power & Water

Danielle Pipher
Accelerated BS in Nursing, School of Nursing ’15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain
Nurse, Planned Parenthood

Roshni Prakash
Evolutionary Anthropology, T’16
Voices Together
AmeriCorps Member, City Year

Malena Price
International Comparative Studies and Arabic, T’15
Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health
Asia Programs Associate, Ipas

Rifat Rahman
Biology, T’16
Education, Poverty and Economic Inequality in Rural Appalachia
Hart Fellow, Raks Thai Foundation

Max Ramseyer
Program II: Exploring Moral Purpose: Personal Development in Higher Education, T’15
School Dropout, Disconnected Youth and the Middle Years
Entrepreneur, History and Future of Higher Education

Xiao Recio Blanco 
SJD in Law, Law School ’15
Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film
Director of Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute

Teresa Romano
PhD in Economics, The Graduate School ’14
Education, Poverty and Economic Inequality in Rural Appalachia
Assistant Professor of Economics, Goucher College

Priscille Schettini
Psychology, T’13
Information, Child Mental Health and Society
Medical Student, Duke University School of Medicine

Heather Shapiro
Statistics and Computer Science T’15
Coursera and the Future of Free Massive Open Online Courses
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Bailey Sincox
English Literature T’15
Education and Rural Entrepreneurship in Appalachia
PhD Student in English, Harvard University

Eun Young Song
MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, The Graduate School ’16
Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience
Postdoctoral Student in Neurobiology, Duke Medicine

Anna Speth
History, T’15
Digital Archaeological and Historic Landscapes
Archives Management Graduate Student, Simmons College

Sachi Takahashi-Rial
MPP, Sanford School of Public Policy ’15
Project Bright IDEA: Finding Talent and Giftedness in Children of Diverse Backgrounds
Education Partnerships Manager, YouthTruth Student Survey

Amee Tan
French Studies and Spanish, T’15
Toward Better ESL Instruction
Mathematics Teacher, Teach for America

Rui Wang
Chemistry and Public Policy Studies, T’15
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA)
Master’s Student, Technology and Policy Program, MIT

Shanshan Wang
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, The Graduate School ’14
Live Processing and Live Art: Performance and Technology
Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University, School of Communication and Media Arts

Jennifer Zou
Biology and Computer Science, T’15
Modeling and Simulation
PhD Student in Computer Science, University of California-Los Angeles