Alumnae update

It is time for a quick update on some graduates.

MA program

  • Malihe Alikhani is now an Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh where she among other things advises a team of doctoral students that is one of 10 finalists in Amazon’s second Alexa Prize TaskBot Challenge.
  • Corrisa Heyes is now a PhD Candidate at UHM in Mechanical Engineering, and has been awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship.
Press release from the SMART Scholarship program

This award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, mentorship, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. This unique opportunity offers students hands-on experience at one of over 200 innovative laboratories across the Army, Navy, Air Force and larger Department of Defense.
During summer internships, SMART scholars work directly with an experienced mentor, gaining valuable technical skills. After graduation Heyes will work at Naval Surface Warfare Center – Carderock Division in West Bethesda, MD.

Heyes is currently studying Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in Materials Science. Heyes said, “Sponsorship as a SMART scholar is the opportunity of a lifetime to leverage my education and experience with colleagues and mentors who work on the cutting edge of advancement in my field” about the award.
The Department of Defense is committed to developing the Nation’s STEM talent and is the largest employer of federal scientists and engineers with nearly 150,000 civilian STEM employees working across the Department. DoD STEM activities support this mission by providing authentic learning experiences through a variety of education and outreach initiatives, such as the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program. For over a decade, SMART has trained a highly skilled STEM workforce that competes with the evolving trends of industry to support the next generation of science and technology for our nation.
For more information on the SMART Program or to learn how students can apply, please visit The application is open annually from August through December.

Math major

Winnie Lau has been accepted to an REU (research experience undergraduates) in computational chemistry with Prof. Xiaosong Li at University of Washington.

Aloha Winnie!winnielau.min