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Wilson Hall
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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.

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

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

READ ALL ABOUT IT! OU News: OU PI Academy program pairs promising faculty with prestigious scholars

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Upcoming Mentor Seminars:  

  • February 27, 10:30 a.m. in 242 Kresge Library - with Mohammad Shahidehpour, Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) 

  • March 5, 1:30 p.m. in 281 Engineering Center - with Ronald Askin, Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering from Arizona State University
PI Academy, Class of 2017-2018
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Shadi Alawneh
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2242
shadialawneh@oakland.edu

Mentor: Satish Narayanasamy, University of Michigan
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Sara Arena
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
(248) 364-8682
arena@oakland.edu

Mentor: Richard Bohannon, University of Connecticut
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S. Ali Arefifar
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2222
arefifar@oakland.edu

Mentor: Mohammad Shahidehpour, IIT

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Mehdi Bagherzadeh
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2208
mbagherzadeh@oakland.edu

Mentor: Dan Grossman, University of Washington

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Sara Blumer-Schuette
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3168
blumerschuette@oakland.edu

Mentor: George O’Toole, Dartmouth College
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Daniel DelVescovo
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-4590
delvescovo@oakland.edu

Mentor: James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Caitlin Demsky
Assistant Professor
Management (Business)
(248) 370-2122
cademsky@oakland.edu

Mentor: Sandy Hershcovis, University of Calgary

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Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Assistant Professor
Cinema Studies
(248) 370-2960
donoghue@oakland.edu

Mentor: Miranda Banks, Emerson College
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Joyce Havstad
Assistant Professor
Philosophy of Science
(248) 370-3391
jhavstad@oakland.edu

Mentor: Sandra Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
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Wendi Johnson
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice
(248) 370-4512
wljohnson@oakland.edu

Mentor: Bruce Taylor, NORC
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Daniel Llamocca
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-4042
llamocca@oakland.edu

Mentor: Ali Akoglu, University of Arizona

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Wing-Yue Geoffrey Louie
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2860
louie@oakland.edu

Mentor: Brian Scassellati, Yale University

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Jonathan Maisonneuve
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2657
maisonneuve@oakland.edu

Mentor: Bruce Logan, Penn State University
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Khalid Mahmood Malik
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
(248) 370-3542
mahmood@oakland.edu

Mentor: Amit Sheth, Wright State University
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Matthew McLarnon
Assistant Professor
Psychology
(248) 370-2343
mclarnon@oakland.edu
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Nasim Nezamoddini
Assistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
(248) 370-2989
nezamoddini@oakland.edu

Mentor: Ronald Askin, Arizona State University
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Maria Paino
Assistant Professor
Sociology
(248) 370-4510
paino@oakland.edu

Mentor: Hannah Knudsen, University of Kentucky
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Julia Paul
Assistant Professor
Nursing
(248) 364-8796
jcpaul@oakland.edu

Mentor: Barbara Pieper, Wayne State University
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Melissa Reznar
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
(248) 364-8668
reznar@oakland.edu

Mentor: Joel Gittelsohn, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Roberto Rinaldi
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences (Medicine)
(248) 370-3679
rinaldi@oakland.edu

Mentor: Seth Schwartz, University of Miami
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Victoria Roach
Assistant Professor
Anatomy (Medicine)
(248) 370-3664
victoriaroach@oakland.edu
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Kwame Sakyi
Assistant Professor
Public Health
(248) 364-8846
ksakyi@oakland.edu
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Mi Hye Song
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3569
msong2@oakland.edu

Mentor: Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Laurel Dolin Stevenson
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
(248) 364-8665
stevenson@oakland.edu
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Luis Villa Diaz
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-2576
luisvilladiaz@oakland.edu

Mentor: Kenneth Yamada, NIH
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Tomoko Wakabayashi
Associate Professor
Human Development and Child Studies
(248) 370-3078
twakabayashi@oakland.edu

Mentor: Catherine Snow, Harvard University
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Colin Wu
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
(248) 370-2349
colinwu@oakland.edu

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Ziming Yang
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
(248) 370-2339
zimingyang@oakland.edu

Mentor: Roger Summons, MIT

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Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor
Physics
(248) 370-3648
weizhang@oakland.edu

Mentor: Geoffrey Beach, MIT
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Peng Zhao
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2214
pengzhao@oakland.edu

Mentor: Andre Boehman, University of Michigan
PI Academy Mentors, 2018
Upcoming Mentor Visits
Headshot of Mohammad Shahidehpour

Mohammad Shahidehpour
Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Website

February 26 and 27, 2018Mentor for S. Ali Arefifar
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Ronald Askin
Professor

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Arizona State University

Website

March 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Nasim Nezamoddini
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Catherine Snow
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Website

March 8, 2018Mentor for Tomoko Wakabayashi
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Joel Gittelsohn
Professor

International Health Department; Health Behavior and Society Department

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Website

March 14 and 15, 2018

Mentor for Melissa Reznar
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Miranda Banks
Associate Professor

Department of Visual and Media Arts

Emerson College

Website

March 19 and 20, 2018

Mentor for Courtney Brannon Donoghue
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Geoffrey Beach
Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar: Thursday March 29 at noon in 372 MSC
Mentor for Wei Zhang
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Sandra Mitchell
Professor

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburgh

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar: Thursday March 29, evening time and location TBD
Mentor for Joyce Havstad
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Amit Sheth
Professor, Engineering Kno.e.sis Center Director

Computer Science Department

Wright State University

Website

April Visit Dates PendingMentor for Khalid Mahmood Malik
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Barbara Pieper
Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Nursing

Wayne State University

Website

April 2, 2018Mentor for Julia Paul
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Ali Akoglu
Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

University of Arizona

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Daniel Llamocca
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James Szybist
Senior Research Staff

Oak Ridge National Lab

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Daniel DelVescovo
Headshot of Sandy Hershcovis

Sandy Hershcovis
Associate Professor, Area Chair

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

University of Calgary

Website

April 9 and 10, 2018Mentor for Caitlin Desmky
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Hannah Knudsen
Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

University of Kentucky

Website

April 9 and 10, 2018Mentor for Maria Paino
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Seth Schwartz
Professor

Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health

University of Miami Health System

Website

April 19 and 20, 2018Mentor for Roberto Rinaldi
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Richard Bohannon
Professor

Physical Therapy Program of Department of Kinesiology; Department of Medicine of School of Medicine

University of Connecticut

Website

May 17 and 18, 2018Mentor for Sara Arena
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, 2018Mentor for Geoff Louie

Pending Mentor Visits
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Andre Boehman
Professor

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Peng Zhao
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Satish Narayanasamy
Associate Professor

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

University of Michigan

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Shadi Alawneh
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George O’Toole
Professor

Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Biological Sciences

Dartmouth

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Sara Blumer-Schuette
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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

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Luis Villa Diaz
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
Roger Summons

Roger Summons
Professor

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Ziming Yang

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 title: “Water bears: deciphering how animal forms evolve and how life can survive extremes"
Mentor for Mi Hye Song
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Senior Research Fellow, NORC

Website

January 29 and 30, 2018

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

Mentor for Jonathan Maisonneuve