Faces of UMSI

Meet some of the current students and recent alumni who typify the wide range of interests and backgrounds at the School of Information.

Current Students


Terrence Green - Making people's lives better through technology

Jaren Johnson- Transfer student finds fun in information science

George Lu – Practicing gratitude, hard work, and perseverance on the path to product management

Abril Vela – Helping kids create with CS and information science

Sierre Wolfkostin - At the intersection of creativity,  UX Design, and entrepreneurship

Ben Zimmerman - Found his true path to UMSI by a winding road.


Adaeze Ajoku- Using data analytics for Kellogg’s, Parkinson’s, Mental Health and Amway

Kangning Chen - Embarking on the journey of grad school and motherhood

Cathy Chow - Fulbright recipient who is passionate about digital access for all

Maggie Davidson - Seeking ways to breaking down barriers that prevent people from getting the help they need

Saskia DeVries - Former U.S. Census Bureau Statistician, applying information toward policy decisions and poverty alleviation

Andrew Engel - After Peace Corps, a PhD and farm life, learning to design inclusive spaces in education

Isabel Gao - Excited about diversity and entrepreneurship 

Aaron Kosel - Looking to make technology more user-friendly

Celia Mulder - Public Library Associate hopes her MSI will lead to library career

Nick Murray - Pursuing social impact through HCI as a Professional Practice Fellow

Jaklyn Nunga - From LA to UMSI to Ecuador with the Peace Corps

Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña - Using data visualization to tell stories that empower people

Novia Wong - Implementing tech in special education 


Olubisi Ajetunmobi - Optimistic, creative and passionate about global health

Ann Duong - Planning for end of life with Canopy

Audrey Goulding -  A passion for data and public health

Jeremy Griswold - When Uncle Sam asks if you’re interested in pursuing a master’s degree, you say yes

Nithya Rajendran – Promoting health literacy and healthcare accessibility at home and abroad

Etiowo Usoro- Fulfilling his destiny with health informatics 


Wei Ai - Using data to investigate altruism

Tawfiq Ammari - Understanding shifting roles through social media

Andrea Barbarin - Focuses on consumer health issues in underserved communities

Lindsay Blackwell - From marketer to scholar, invested in social media

Samuel Carton - Combatting the spread of rumors on Twitter

Melissa Chalmers - Studies behind-the-scenes work of large-scale digitization

Priyank Chandra - Investigating the software piracy ecosystem

Daphne Chang - A focus on experimental economics and social norms

Yan Chen - Software developer behind "Codeon"

Padma Chirumamilla - Media anthropologist studies the tenor of everyday life

Allen Flynn - Finding pharmacy’s future in information and computing

Rebecca Frank - Studying disaster planning in digital preservation

Tamy Guberek - Un-silencing the data on human rights abuses

Jean Hardy - Explores the use of social media in the LGBT community

Shiqing "Licia" He - Combining computer science and studio art for data visualization

Youyang Hou - Researching how information technology can support civic engagement

Chiao-yin "Joey" Hsaio - Seeking ways to use technology to benefit immigrant communities

Pei-Yao Hung - Finding ways to help people learn from each other

Chuan-Che Jeff Huang - Enchanting users through context and computing

Jasmine Jones - Through technology, bridging cultural and temporal boundaries

Tsuyoshi Kano - Employing ICT to effect economic growth in developing countries.

Elizabeth Kaziunas - Helping people navigate the abundance of health care information

Cheng Li - Developing interactive machine learning and data algorithms that can help people

Linfeng Li - Understanding how people make decisions in various environments.

Yingzhi Liang - Maximizing social welfare through mechanism design

Cindy Lin - Research through a maker's eyes

Yu-Jen Lin - Blurring lines between digital and real

Megh Marathe - Researching the perception of time

Allan Martell - In post-conflict societies, sharing collective memory digitally

Carol Moser - Exploring consumer behavior and design interventions

SungJin Nam - Using data and design to understand behavior

Gaurav Paruthi - Working on a personal assistant app for health improvement

Chanda Phelan - Bridging gaps through thoughtful tech tools

Edward Platt - Studies how wikipedians collaborate

Shriti Raj - Using technology to help people manage chronic health conditions

Hariharan Subramonyam - An artistic vision applied to data visualization

Rohail Syed - Seeking to optimize online searching while learning

Chun-Yuen Teng - Researches how everything is connected through social networks

Penny Trieu - Investigating who people really are online

Shiyan Yan - Evaluating crowd-sourced citizen science data

Teng Ye - Investigating virtual collaborations and the sharing economy

Sangseok You - Researching trust and emotion in human-robot teams

Fangzhou "Ark" Zhang - Looking behind the curtain of people's choices

2018 Graduates

2017 Graduates

Tawny Apsley (MHI '17) and Michelle Bochinski (MHI '17) - Two UMHS nurses training for information careers

Jessamine Bartley-Matthews (MSI '17) - In the Peace Corps and at UMSI, digging deep and making a difference

Danielle Culberson (MHI '17) - A position at Blue Cross piqued an interest in health informatics

MacKenzie DeWitt (MSI '17) - SIMA VP detoured from pre-law to follow the information pathway

Kaitlyn Docherty (BSI '17) - Community service volunteer, lacrosse player and SIBA officer

Elizabeth Gadelha (MSI '17) - Association of Research Libraries diversity scholar

Viviana Hernandez (BSI '17) - Bridging people and information through psychology

Katherine James (MHI '17) - A passion for public health and data analytics

Stephanie Kerner  (BSI '17) - Exploring the human side of technology

Yianni Kontorousis (BSI '17) - Embracing challenges in MPowered and entrepreneurship

Sarah Lebovitz (MSI '17) - Archivist touched history at anti-Apartheid archives in South Africa

Andy Lee (MHI '17)- Allying entrepreneurial ambitions with healthcare.

Logan Meyer (BSI '17) - First-Gen college student heads the School of Information Bachelor's Association

Dolorence Okullo (MHI '17) - Recognized by CDC and U.S. Embassy for HI efforts in Uganda

Brandon Patterson (MSI '17) - Improving higher education through technology

Eric Pfeifer (MHI '17) - Returned Peace Corps volunteer with a love of service and learning

Jake Silva (MSI '17) - Breaking into tech and building user interfaces

Wenjing (Carrie) Xu (PhD '17) - First doctoral student in both UMSI and Department of Economics

Tim Yoo (MSI '17) - Envisions technology opening doors to learning for underserved children

Xuan Zhao (PhD '17) - Building relationships with self and others through digital data

2016 Graduates

Ayshwarya Balasubramanian (MSI '16) - Embracing hackathons, Innovation Trek, and other UMSI opportunities

Jola Bolaji (MSI '16) - Improving mentorship across the spectrum

Izhar Buendia (MSI '16) - Inspiring tomorrow's innovators

Nick Chin (BSI '16) - Universal access through UX design

Meera Desai (BSI '16) - Student activist advocates for new Multicultural Center location

Pritika Dasgupta (MHI '16) - Seeking a more direct impact on public health

Sean Doolan (MHI '16) - Speaks about entrepreneurship in health & technology

Sonia Doshi (BSI '16) - Crusader for mental health support

Drew Dyer (BSI '16) - UMSI's newly commissioned Naval Officer

Madison Garver (BSI '16) - Social media strategist for the Michigan Marching Band

Samarth Gulati (MSI '16) - Bridging design and development

Mark Gurman (BSI '16) - BSI junior named one of Forbes' "30 under 30"

Bobby Henderson (BSI '16) - Academic All-Big Ten Honoree for Michigan Football

Samantha Herman (BSI '16) - Twitter-famous for her research

Ming Jiang (PhD '16) - Compares centralized test method of college admissions to American method

Karina Kervin (PhD '16) - Explores how data management impacts research

Mayank Khanna (MSI '16) - Spreading makerspace culture

Kathy Kosinski (MSI '16) - LIS/HCI student building on love of books and libraries

Kathleen Marinan (MHI '16) - Discusses data integrity in healthcare domain

Anna Myers (MHI '16) - Seeking usability design for healthcare providers 

DJ Petrovic (MHI '16) - From EMT to health technology consultant

Kristen Sheppard (MSI '16) - Created an award-winning app to help college students manage finances

Jason Smith (MSI '16) - From architecture firm to information architecture

Jake Wayne (BSI '16) - Wins big in Michigan Business Challenge

Tzu-Yu (Danny) Wu (PhD '16) - Improving efficiency of clinical workflow and documentation

Rayoung Yang (PhD '16) - Exploring ways to improve 'smart' device end-user interactions

Wenbo Yang (MHI '16) - The pursuit of helping others through health innovation


Profiles of the 2015 Class and earlier may be found in Alumni Spotlights.