Before coming to the U.S., Hamidreza Afzal worked a a private company designing websites for startups, tasked with developing marketing ideas to introduce their new products on the internet. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Afzal received the UC Davis Graduate Fellowship in 2017.
Cesar Bartolo-Perez earned his B.S. in technology at National Autonomous University of Mexico and his M.Sc. in electrical engineering at INAOE. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, developing ultra-fast optical devices for biosensing, imaging and optical communications.
Nkechinyere Chidi-Ogbolu is a chemical engineer with a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. At age 14, she began studying at the university and after graduating with honors at 18, she came out with her book Tales of an Uber Minor in College.
Nick Hosein rejoined the Ph.D. program at UC Davis after taking three years off to launch a fashion-wearable technology company, Kábrya, and to work fulltime as a life coach across Europe and the Americas. He earned his M.S. at UC Davis in artificial intelligence and algorithms design for low-power embedded systems and his B.S. at UC Berkeley, where he majored in electrical engineering and computer science.
Maryam Ghadiri Khanaposhtani is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Education, where she works with a team of natural history museum practitioners and education researchers in California and the U.K. Her research focuses on understanding how youth learn when engaged in citizen science programs led by natural history museums.
Meredith Roberts is the director of external relations at Sierra Energy, a gasification technology startup based in Davis. Roberts earned her B.S. in entomology at UC Davis and has been in the environmental field for over 15 years, working in business development, strategic planning, communications and fundraising for both private industry and the nonprofit sector. She is an MBA candidate in the Graduate School of Management.
Saad Soroya is a junior research specialist at the School of Medicine, where he supports the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Precision Medicine Initiative, working with the Complex Care lab. He works on the implementation of digital health tools to bridge specialist care delivery gaps in underserved communities, leveraging complex data to develop machine learning models to advance cardiac therapy.
Emily Steliotes is a Ph.D. student in agricultural and environmental chemistry. She is conducting her research under the mentorship of Professor Chris Simmons in the Department of Food Science and Technology. Her dissertation work focuses on converting food waste into safer and more sustainable chemical products. As a Keller Pathway Fellow, Steliotes is exploring the commercial potential of this work, as well as deepening her knowledge of entrepreneurship and business development.