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.

Jennifer Acosta
Psychology and Global Cultural Studies T’17
Schooling and Parenting: Implications for Students’ Academic Identity
Project Manager, Baby Books 2 Intervention Study, University of Maryland

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

John Allums
MA in Teaching ’15
Creating Online Education for K-12 Teachers of the Probability and Statistics Common Core
Adjunct Professor, Durham Technical Community College

Kate Baxter
History T’17
Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review
Analyst, BNP Paribas Consulting Americas Strategy

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

Nadia Brashier
PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience ’18
Aging and Heuristics: Do Older Adults Use Different Cues to Evaluate Information
Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard University

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

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

April Christensen
MEM ’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

Kristen Collar
PhD in Physics ’17
Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc.
Senior National Security Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Danielle Colson
Mechanical Engineering P’15
Energy and the Environment
Reliability Engineer at Florida Power & Light Company

Ali Daraeepour
PhD in Environment ’18
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis
Postdoctoral Scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Princeton University

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
J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School

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
Graduate Student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

Jonathon Free
PhD in History ’16
Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University Energy Initiative

Nitish Garg
MEM ’17
Energy and the Environment
Project Advisor, Nikola Power

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
M.S. Candidate in Analytics at North Carolina State University

Garrett Harmsen
Mechanical Engineering and Economics T’15
Energy and the Environment
Design Engineer, Black Diamond Equipment

Jordan Hashemi
PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering ’18
Information, Child Mental Health and Society
Postdoctoral Scholar, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Kshipra Hemal
Statistical Science T’16
Racial and Educational Inequality as a Consequence of Family Structure
Researcher, Duke Center for Child & Family Policy

Lindsay Hirschhorn
Mechanical Engineering P’17
RTI-Duke Data+ Practicum
Analytics Consultant, Deloitte 

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

Anna Johns Hrom
PhD in History ’18
Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review
Law Clerk, U.S. Courts

YunChu Huang
Economics and Statistics T’16 
Data Driven Philanthropy
Analytics Consultant, Robotics Process Automation, Deloitte

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
Medical Student at Ohio State University College of Medicine

Sarah Kerman
Public Policy Studies T’18
Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review
Paralegal Specialist, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Financial Practices

Thomas Klug
Public Policy Studies and Environmental Sciences T’18
Cookstoves and Air Pollution in Madagascar
Program Coordinator, Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), Duke 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, Fathom AI

Charlotte Lee 
Public Policy T’15
Environmental Epidemiology Research Training in the Peruvian Amazon
Medical Student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

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

Dominic Lucero
MS in Global Health ’15
Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America
Epidemiologist, GlobalData Healthcare

Melissa Manus
MS in Global Health ’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
Master of Public Health Student at Emory University

Aaron Newman
Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science T’17
Energy Data Analytics Lab
Software Engineer, AutoGrid Systems

Eunji Oh
MEM ’17
Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc.
Research Associate, Wood Mackenzie

Alexandra Oprea
PhD in Political Science ’17
Citizenship Lab: Civic Participation of Refugee Youth in Durham
Research Assistant Professor in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Max Orenstein
Civil Engineering P’15
Energy and the Environment
2018 Venture for America Fellow

Taylor Panzer 
Psychology T’18
Responding to the Education and Pyschological Needs of Children and Families in Durham's Transitional Housing
Teacher, Teach for America

Danielle Pipher Clement
Accelerated BS in Nursing ’15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain
Infectious Disease/HIV Nurse Practitioner, UNC Health Care

Sophie Polson
Computer Science T’18
NC Jukebox and Digital Durham
Software Engineer, Jet.com

Roshni Prakash
Evolutionary Anthropology T’16
Voices Together
Medical Student, University of Florida

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

Kate Preston
Public Policy Studies T’15
Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation
Senior Associate Consultant, Liberty Mutual

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

Shruti Rao
Program II (Global Value Chains: Design and Technology) T’18
North Carolina Competitiveness and Pocket Colposcope
Investment Banking Analyst, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

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

Teresa Romano
PhD in Economics ’14
Education, Poverty and Economic Inequality in Rural Appalachia
Assistant Professor, Oxford College of Emory University

Matt Ross
PhD in Ecology ’17
Interactive Environmental Data Applications
Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Colorado State University-Boulder

Raghav Saboo
MA in Economics ’16
The University as a Laboratory for Smart Grid Data Analytics
Senior Associate Data Scientist, KPMG

Indrani Saha
Program II (Cognitive Aesthetics) T’17
Art, Vision and the Brain
PhD Student in History, Theory & Criticism of Art, MIT

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

Heather Shapiro
Statistical Science and Computer Science T’15
Coursera and the Future of Free Massive Open Online Courses
Program Manager, Azure Machine Learning at 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 ’16
Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience
Postdoctoral Student in Neurobiology, Duke Medicine

Yuting Song
PhD in Nursing ’18
Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Alberta

Anna Speth
History T’15
Digital Archaeological and Historic Landscapes
Librarian for Emerging Technology and Digital Projects, Pepperdine University

Libi Striegl
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts ’16
Machine Society Interfaces
PhD Student in Intermedia Art, Writing & Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder

Sachi Takahashi-Rial
MPP ’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

Madhu Vulimiri
MPP ’18
NC Medicaid Reform Advisory Team
Senior Medicaid Strategist, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

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 ’14
Live Processing and Live Art: Performance and Technology
Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University, School of Communication and Media Arts

Jill Wentzell
Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology 2014-17
Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience
Research Communities Manager, Stanford University

Hoël Wiesner
MEM ’17
Energy Data Analytics Lab
Installed Capacity Market Operations Analyst, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO)

Brittney Wittenbrink
MS in Global Health ’16
Integrative Global Health Research on Sickle Cell Disease
Maternal Health Implementer for Saving Mothers, Giving Life, Peace Corps

Erika Zambello
MEM ’15
Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-building through Film
Communications Coordinator, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance

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