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Charles Betsey

Charles Betsey, A.B. and Ph.D., Economics

Alumni Spotlight: Charles Betsey

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
March 21, 2017 - 10:39am

Charles Betsey spent most of his childhood in Detroit.  His family moved to Ann Arbor the summer before 9th grade and like many local kids, he had aspirations of becoming a Michigan Wolverine. “I still remember the joy I felt the day I received my acceptance letter to LSA. I was sure I was going to be a Spanish teacher, but when I took my first course in economics, taught by Dan Fusfeld, I realized econ was for me.” Dr. Betsey fulfilled his dream twice over, completing his undergraduate degree in Economics and Spanish and continuing immediately for his Ph.D.

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Jihyeon Yeom

Jihyeon Yeom, Ph.D. Candidate, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Barbour Scholarship, Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Jihyeon Yeom

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
March 17, 2017 - 5:54pm

Before coming to Michigan, Jihyeon worked at the Argonne National Lab in Chicago, but she knew she shouldn’t stay put. “It was while working at Argonne that I realized to do more important or precious research, I need to know more about whatever field I’m in.” She applied to six graduate schools and was drawn to U-M because of her faculty advisor, Professor Nicholas Kotov. “He is famous in my field and set me up as Graduate Student Research Assistant. So I packed all my stuff in my tiny car and moved to Michigan from Chicago.”

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Yildiz Bayazitoglu

Yildiz Bayazitoglu, M.S. and Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Barbour Scholar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University

Alumni Spotlight: Yildiz Bayazitoglu

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
March 16, 2017 - 4:53pm

Rackham alum Yildiz Bayazitoglu has been shaping graduate students in mechanical engineering at Rice University for four decades. Her distinguished research and exceptional teaching and mentoring are hallmarks of her illustrious career, one that showcases the exceptional faculty that help comprise U-M alumni.

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Carrie Wenjing Xu

Carrie Wenjing Xu, Ph.D. Candidate, Information and Economics, Predoctoral Fellowship

Student Spotlight: Carrie Wenjing Xu

By Sheila Waterhouse, Alumni Engagement Officer, Rackham Graduate School
March 3, 2017 - 4:51pm

Carrie describes herself as ambitious. That trait manifests itself in why she ended up at U-M and what she’s done since she got here. She explains, “I came to the U.S. because I want to immerse myself in a new environment. I grew up, went to school, and pretty much spent my entire life in Shanghai. When I graduated from my undergrad, I asked myself where I would be in ten years, and it is so hard for me to imagine that I would be somewhere else rather than living and working in Shanghai, maybe having kids of my own. I thought it was sad that my future could be so predictable.

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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.

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