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Meera Sampath

Meera Sampath, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, VP, Innovation and Business Transformation, Xerox Services, Barbour Scholarship, Distinguished Dissertation Award

Alumni Spotlight: Meera Sampath

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
February 20, 2017 - 10:14am

Meera was drawn to U-M even while completing her master’s degree in Control Systems in India. She was studying the research of Professor Semyon Meerkov, a renowned U-M faculty member, for her masters’ thesis; she found his work and the whole domain of controls fascinating, and she wanted to continue this line of study for her doctoral research. She was highly encouraged by her professor in India who told her that if she wanted to learn control systems, U-M was a great place to go. She flew to America and landed in Chicago for a... continue reading

Iván Chaar-López, Ph.D. Candidate, American Culture, Program in Public Scholarship Mellon Fellowship, Rackham Research Grant

Student Spotlight: Iván Chaar-López

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
February 20, 2017 - 8:53am

Not many people went to college when they were 5, but Iván did. Granted, he was in kindergarten at a lab school at the University of Puerto Rico. He was ready for a change when it came time for graduate school, but he kept going, finishing his Master’s in History while his partner finished her law degree. Iván delivered a paper in 2009 at a history conference in Ann Arbor and was drawn to the intellectual community here, recognizing a strong cohort of people who share work with one another and offer meaningful feedback. He... continue reading

Ashley Hardin

Ashley Hardin, Ph.D. Candidate, Business Administration, Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Ashley Hardin

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
February 13, 2017 - 11:39am

“I grew up loving this place. I’ve always felt at home here.” And that makes sense: Ashley’s been wandering around Ann Arbor since she was a little kid. Growing up only an hour north of Ann Arbor and as the fifth member of her immediate family to attend U-M, she is familiar with what it means to be a Wolverine. Now, as a doctoral candidate in Business Adminstration, concentrating in Management & Organizations, she’s deepened what that means to her. As an undergraduate student at U-M, Ashley studied Finance... continue reading

Lisa Davis

Lisa Davis, Master's, Industrial and Operations Engineering

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa Davis

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
February 10, 2017 - 4:42pm

Lisa Davis fell into a job she loves through a summer internship after her Master’s degree at U-M. “I applied to an internship pool and they placed me with this office.  I had no idea what I was getting into and didn’t know anything about working for the government.  It really just sounded like a good way to spend the summer,” she says.  Little did Lisa know that she would evolve that summer opportunity into a meaningful career.  Since 2007, Lisa has served as an Operations Research Analyst for the... continue reading