Take a Glimpse into the Life of a CSU Graduate Student

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Graduate Student Spotlights:
Student mentors and official representatives of the ME Department

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Ambassadors (MEGA)

HAILEY SUMMERS

Hailey is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering researching sustainability of agriculture, bioprocessing and food-related systems through life cycle and techno-economic analyses. She is interested in determining environmental trade-offs of centralized versus decentralized food systems as well as the economic implications to all parties involved. Additionally, she is interested in food-related policy and the associated downstream effects, both environmentally and economically. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, skiing and especially, spoiling her dog.

KELSEY BILSBACK

Kelsey is a PhD candidate in John Volckens’ research group, which she joined in August of 2013. Previously, she graduated with a BA in Physics at Boston University. Her dissertation research involves comprehensively characterizing climate-and-health-relevant emissions from biomass and liquid-fuel cook stoves. Her work also involves addressing the discrepancies between laboratory and in-situ cook stove emissions measurements. As part of her dissertation work, she has traveled to China, Honduras, Uganda, and India to measure cook stove emissions. In her free time, Kelsey loves skiing, trail running, and backpacking in the Colorado Rockies.

SETH THOMPSON

Seth joined Dr. Williams’s Electric Propulsion and Plasma Engineering Lab in the spring of 2015 as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. He worked on several projects involving electric propulsion, plasma processing, and joint research ventures with the Next Generation Photovoltaic Center. After receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CSU in 2017, Seth decided to pursue a master’s degree to further his research interests in applied plasma processes. He spent the first year of his master’s research traveling to NASA research facilities working on plasma diagnostics and components for electric propulsion devices. His current research involves developing a cost-effective, high quality, thin film deposition system. In his free time, Seth enjoys endurance obstacle races, backpacking, and mountain biking.

SANLI MOVAFAGHI

Sanli is a Ph.D. candidate who joined Dr. Arun Kota’s research group at the beginning of 2014. She received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. Currently, her research focuses on surface science in the areas of bio-inspired and bio-compatible surfaces, liquid-repellent surfaces, and stimuli-responsive surfaces. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and it addresses some of the key issues in the areas of hemocompatible surfaces, droplet bouncing dynamics, microfluidics and sensors. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, badminton, and watching movies.

MITCHELL PAGE

Mitchell is a Ph.D. student who joined Dr. Christian Puttlitz’ group in the Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Lab in August 2016. He completed a BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in his home country, New Zealand, and worked at a medical device startup for six months before moving to the U.S. Page’s current research focuses on the mechanics of 3-D printed resorbable scaffolds for regenerative tissue engineering. This includes developing printing techniques, mechanically testing printed constructs, and finite element modelling. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, sports, traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring the local brewing scene.