The Research Office

Wilson Hall
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Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
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PI Academy

About the Oakland University PI Academy for Research and Engagement
The PI Academy provides professional development in research and engagement to a cohort of 30 non-tenured, tenure-track faculty members from across campus. The program includes training sessions, workshops, and other activities. Academy participants are also matched with an external mentor to further develop their skill set and career network. The PI Academy offers a great opportunity for interdisciplinary connections to be made between faculty of all disciplines. This program helps attract, support, and retain productive and engaged faculty, and grows research at OU.

Email questions to piacademy@oakland.edu or call Leanne at (248) 370-4516.

Directed by David Stone, Chief Research Officer, dstone@oakland.edu.

Coordinated by Leanne DeVreugd, ldevreug@oakland.edu, (248) 370-4516.

Find out more on Twitter! @OaklandResearch #OUpiacademy

Upcoming mentor visit:

  • Seminar on October 8, 2018 - Bob Aronson, Taylor University (mentor for Laurel Dolin Stevenson, PI Academy alum 17-18). More information coming soon.
PI Academy
Scholars 2018-19

The PI Academy Scholars for 2018-2019 are:

  • Sharon Berry, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Elise Brown, Wellness and Health Promotion, School of Health Sciences
  • Jingshu Chen, Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Ilias Cholis, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Felicia Chong, Writing and Rhetoric, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Cooley, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Erin Dwyer, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jickssa Gemechu, Anatomy and Embryology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Michelle Hammond, Management, School of Business Administration
  • Mary Jamieson, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • TJ Jourian, Organizational Leadership, School of Education and Human Services
  • Brendan Kredell, Cinema Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Anyi LiuComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Matthew May, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Hua MingComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Atiqul MollahComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Kristen Munyan, School of Nursing
  • Patricia Petroulias, School of Nursing
  • Sang Hoon Rhee, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ed Rohn, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
  • Kate Rougeau, Wellness and Health Promotion, School of Health Sciences
  • Julian RrushiComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Amartya Sen, Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Missie SmithIndustrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Ahmad Sobhani, Decision and Information Sciences, School of Business Administration
  • Sam Srauy, Communication and Journalism, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Greg ThrasherManagement, School of Business Administration
  • Christopher Wilson, Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences
  • Douglas ZytkoComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science

More information will be posted in September 2018.

PI Academy
Mentors, 2018
Upcoming Mentor Visits

Bob Aronson

Bob Aronson
Director and Associate Professor

Public Health Program

Taylor University

Website

October 8, 2018

  • Seminar information coming soon.
Mentor for Laurel Dolin Stevenson (PI Academy alum, 17-18)
Photo of Alex Morin

Alexandre Morin
Professor

Psychology

Concordia University (Quebec)

Website

Matt will vist Alex in October 2018.

Mentor for Matt McLarnorn (PI Academy alum, 17-18)

Pending Mentor Visits

Headshot of George A. O'toole

George O’Toole
Professor

Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Biological Sciences

Dartmouth

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Sara Blumer-Schuette
Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman
Professor and Allen School Deputy Director

Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Washington

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Mehdi Bagherzadeh

Past Mentor Visits
Headshot of Bob GoldsteinBob Goldstein
James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor

Biology Department

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Website

January 8 and 9, 2018

Seminar: “Water bears: deciphering how animal forms evolve and how life can survive extremes"
Mentor for Mi Hye Song
Headshot of Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor
Senior Research Fellow 

NORC

Website

January 29 and 30, 2018

Seminar:  “Exploring the victim-offender overlap among young adult couples: Are many perpetrators of interpersonal abuse also victims and vice versa?”

Mentor for Wendi Johnson
Headshot of Bruce LoganBruce Logan
Professor

Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Penn State University

Website

February 1 and 2, 2018

Seminar: “Converting salinity gradient or waste heat energy into electricity”

Mentor for Jonathan Maisonneuve
Headshot of Mohammad ShahidehpourMohammad Shahidehpour
Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Website

February 26 and 27, 2018

Seminar: "Networked Microgrids for Enhancing the Resilience, Reliability, Security and Economics of the Electricity Infrastructure in Smart Cities"

Mentor for S. Ali Arefifar
Headshot of Ronald AskinRonald Askin
Professor

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Arizona State University

Website

March 5 and 6, 2018

Seminar: "Integrated Capacity Planning and Production Scheduling for Assembly and Test Facilities"

Mentor for Nasim Nezamoddini
Headshot of Joel GittelsohnJoel Gittelsohn
Professor

International Health Department; Health Behavior and Society Department

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Website

March 14 and 15, 2018

Seminar: "Improving the Low-Income Urban Food Environment: Experiences of the Healthy Stores Studies"

Mentor for Melissa Reznar
Headshot of Miranda BanksMiranda Banks
Associate Professor

Department of Visual and Media Arts

Emerson College

Website

March 19 and 20, 2018

Seminar: "The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters & Their Guild"

Mentor for Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Headshot of Geoffrey BeachGeoffrey Beach
Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

Seminar: "Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films"

Mentor for Wei Zhang
Headshot of Sandra MitchellSandra Mitchell
Professor

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburgh

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

Seminar: "Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence"

Mentor for Joyce Havstad
Headshot of Barbara PieperBarbara Pieper
Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Nursing

Wayne State University

Website

April 2, 2018

Seminar: "Persons Who Inject Drugs: Chronic Venous Insufficiency"

Mentor for Julia Paul
Headshot of Ali AkogluAli Akoglu
Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

University of Arizona

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

Seminar: "Heterogeneous Computing for Signal Processing"

Mentor for Daniel Llamocca
Roger Summons

Roger Summons
Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

Seminar: "The Great Oxidation Event and Its Biological Impacts: Insights from Geochemistry, Phylogenomics, and Molecular Clocks"

Mentor for Ziming Yang
Headshot of James Szybist

James Szybist
Senior Research Staff

Oak Ridge National Lab

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

Seminar: "Pressure-Temperature Domain Analysis for Insight into Autoignition Events in SI Engines"

Mentor for Daniel DelVescovo
Headshot of Hannah Knudsen

Hannah Knudsen
Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

University of Kentucky

Website

April 9 and 10, 2018

Seminar: "Unequal Treatment? Buprenorphine, Health Reform, and the Opioid Epidemic"

Mentor for Maria Paino
Photo of Martin Burtscher

Martin Burtscher
Professor 

Department of Computer Science

Texas State University

Website

April 11 and 12, 2018

Seminar: "Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences"

Mentor for Shadi Alawneh
Headshot of Andre Boehman

André Boehman
Professor

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

Website

May 2, 2018

Seminar: "Recent Studies on Fuel Autoignition"

Mentor for Peng Zhao
Photo of Pat Corrigan

Patrick Corrigan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Lewis College of Human Sciences

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Website

May 1 to 3, 2018

Seminar: "Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?"

Mentor for Kwame Sakyi
Headshot of Amit Sheth

Amit Sheth
Professor, Engineering Kno.e.sis Center Director

Computer Science Department

Wright State University

Website

May 7, 2018

Seminar: "Augmented Personalized Health: Using AI Techniques on Semantically Integrated Multimodal Data for Patient Empowered Health Management Strategies"

Mentor for Khalid Mahmood Malik
Headshot of Kenneth Yamada

Kenneth Yamada
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Chief of Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, Head of Cell Biology Section

National Institute of Dental and Crainofacial Research (NIDCR, part of NIH)

Website

Luis visited Ken in May 2018.

Mentor for Luis Villa Diaz
Headshot of Richard Bohannon

Richard Bohannon
Professor

Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Campbell University

Principal of Physical Therapy Consultants

Website

May 17 and 18, 2018

Seminar: "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years"

Mentor for Sara Arena
Headshot of Catherine SnowCatherine Snow
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Website

May 21 and 22, 2018

Seminar: "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years"

Mentor for Tomoko Wakabayashi
Headshot of Sandy HershcovisSandy Hershcovis
Associate Professor, Area Chair

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

University of Calgary

Website

June 4 and 5, 2018

Seminar: "When Fellow Customers Behave Badly: Witness Reactions to Server Mistreatment"

Mentor for Caitlin Demsky
Brian Scasselleti

Brian Scassellati
Professor, Director - NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robots

Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering 

Yale University

Website

June 13 and 14, 2018

Seminar: "Building Robots that Teach"

Mentor for Geoff Louie
Photo of Loren Wold

Loren Wold
Associate Professor

Physiology and Cell Biology, Director of Biomedical Research (College of Nursing)

Ohio State University College of Medicine

Website

July 23 and 24, 2018

Seminar: "External Triggers of Cardiac Disease"

Mentor for Colin Wu
Photo of Dimitrios Stefanidis

Dimitrios Stefanidis
Professor

Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery

Indiana University School of Medicine

Website

July 31, 2018

Seminar: "Make Your Average Performance Excellent: Application of Mental Skills to Simulation Training"

Mentor for Victoria Roach
PI Academy
Mentor Seminars, 2018

Upcoming Seminars

  • Seminar on October 8, 2018 - Bob Aronson, Taylor University (mentor for Laurel Dolin Stevenson, PI Academy alum 17-18). More information coming soon.

Past Seminars

  • January 9, "Water bears: deciphering how animal forms evolve and how life can survive extremes" - Mentor, Bob Goldstein (UNC - Chapel Hill)
  • January 29, “Exploring the victim-offender overlap among young adult couples: Are many perpetrators of interpersonal abuse also victims and vice versa?” - Mentor: Bruce Taylor (NORC)
  • February 2, “Converting salinity gradient or waste heat energy into electricity” - Mentor: Bruce Logan (Penn State)
  • February 27, "Networked Microgrids for Enhancing the Resilience, Reliability, Security and Economics of the Electricity Infrastructure in Smart Cities" - Mentor: Mohammad Shahidehpour (IIT)
  • March 5, "Integrated Capacity Planning and Production Scheduling for Assembly and Test Facilities" - Mentor: Ron Askin (Arizona State)
  • March 14, "Improving the Low-Income Urban Food Environment: Experiences of the Healthy Stores Studies" - Mentor: Joel Gittelsohn (Johns Hopkins)
  • March 19, "The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters & Their Guild" - Mentor: Miranda Banks (Emerson)
  • March 29, "Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films" - Mentor: Geoffrey Beach (MIT)
  • March 29, "Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence" - Mentor: Sandra Mitchell (Pittsburgh)
  • April 2, "Persons Who Inject Drugs: Chronic Venous Insufficiency" - Mentor: Barbara Pieper (Wayne State University)
  • April 5, "Heterogeneous Computing for Signal Processing" - Mentor: Ali Akoglu (Arizona State University)
  • April 5, "The Great Oxidation Event and Its Biological Impacts: Insights from Geochemistry, Phylogenomics, and Molecular Clocks" - Mentor: Roger Summons (MIT)
  • April 6, "Pressure-Temperature Domain Analysis for Insight into Autoignition Events in SI Engines" - Mentor: James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • April 9, "Unequal Treatment? Buprenorphine, Health Reform, and the Opioid Epidemic" - Mentor: Hannah Knudsen (University of Kentucky)
  • April 12, "Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences" - Mentor: Martin Burtscher (Texas State University)
  • May 2, "Recent Studies on Fuel Autoignition" - Mentor: André Boehman (University of Michigan)
  • May 2, "Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?" - Mentor: Pat Corrigan (IIT)
  • May 7, "Augmented Personalized Health: Using AI Techniques on Semantically Integrated Multimodal Data for Patient Empowered Health Management Strategies" - Mentor: Amit Sheth (Wright State University)
  • May 18, "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years" - Mentor: Richard Bohannon (Campbell University)
  • May 21, "Promoting Language for Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Classrooms" - Mentor: Catherine Snow (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • June 4, "When Fellow Customers Behave Badly: Witness Reactions to Server Mistreatment" - Mentor: Sandy Hershcovis (University of Calgary)
  • June 14, "Building Robots that Teach" - Mentor: Brian Scassellati (Yale University)
  • July 24, "External Triggers of Cardiac Disease" - Mentor: Loren Wold (Ohio State University)
  • July 31, "Make Your Average Performance Excellent: Application of Mental Skills to Simulation Training" - Mentor, Dimitrios Stefanidis (Indiana University School of Medicine)
PI Academy
Alumni

2017-2018 PI Academy Alumni:

  • Shadi Alawneh, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • S. Ali ArefifarElectrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Sara Arena, Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences
  • Mehdi Bagherzadeh, Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Sara Blumer-Schuette, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniel DelVescovo, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Caitlin Demsky, Management, School of Business Administration
  • Courtney Brannon Donoghue, Cinema Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Joyce Havstad, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wendi Johnson, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Daniel Llamocca, Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Wing-Yue Geoffrey LouieElectrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Jonathan Maisonneuve, Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Khalid Mahmood MalikComputer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Matthew McLarnon, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nasim NezamoddiniIndustrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Maria Paino, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Paul, School of Nursing
  • Melissa Reznar, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
  • Roberto Rinaldi, Behavioral Sciences, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Victoria Roach, Anatomy, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Kwame Sakyi, Public Health, School of Health Sciences
  • Mi Hye Song, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Laurel Dolin Stevenson, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences
  • Luis Villa Diaz, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tomoko Wakabayashi, Human Development and Child Studies, School of Education and Human Services
  • Colin Wu, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ziming YangChemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wei Zhang, Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Peng ZhaoMechanical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science