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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

If you are a member of PI Academy, you can access resources at espace.oakland.edu.

PI Academy
Scholars 2018-19

The PI Academy Scholars for 2018-2019 are:

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Sharon Berry
Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences


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Elise Brown
Wellness and Health Promotion
School of Health Sciences

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Jingshu Chen
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Ilias Cholis
Physics
College of Arts and Sciences

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Felicia Chong
Writing and Rhetoric
College of Arts and Sciences


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Christopher Cooley
Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Erin Dwyer
History
College of Arts and Sciences


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Jickssa Gemechu
Anatomy and Embryology
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

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Michelle Hammond
Management
School of Business Administration

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Mary Jamieson
Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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T.J. Jourian
Organizational Leadership
School of Education and Human Services

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Brendan Kredell
Cinema Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

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Anyi Liu
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Matthew May
Sociology
College of Arts and Sciences

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Hua Ming
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Atiqul Mollah
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Kristen Munyan
Nursing
School of Nursing

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Sang Rhee
Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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Ed Rohn
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences School of Health Sciences

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Kate Rougeau
Wellness and Health Promotion
School of Health Sciences

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Julian Rrushi
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Amartya Sen
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Missie Smith
Industrial and Systems Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

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Ahmad Sobhani
Decision and Information Sciences
School of Business Administration

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Sam Srauy
Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

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Greg Thrasher
Management
School of Business Administration

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Christopher Wilson
Physical Therapy
School of Health Sciences


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Douglas Zytko
Computer Science and Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

PI Academy
Mentors, 2019

Upcoming Mentor Visits

  • Shiyong Lu (Wayne State University) will visit campus on Friday, April 12, as a mentor for Hua Ming from Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Mentors will visit campus in summer 2019. More information posted soon. 

National and International Visits

  • This summer, Diana Paton (University of Edinburgh) will host PI Academy member Erin Dwyer, and Mark Shiel (King's College London) will host PI Academy member Bredan Kredell.
  • In April 2019, Kathleen Martin Ginis (University of British Columbia) hosted PI Academy member Kate Rougeau.
  • In February 2019, Mo Wang (University of Florida) hosted PI Academy member Greg Thrasher.
  • In October 2018, Alexandre Morin (Concordia University, Montreal) hosted PI Academy member Matt McLarnon.
PI Academy
Mentor Seminars, 2018

Past Seminars - 2019

  • January 22, 2019, "Floral scent - dark matter of the plant-pollinator universe" - Mentor: Robert A. Raguso (Cornell University) 
  • February 5, 2019, "Consider this - a potpourri of ideas that can, perhaps, be built into your courses" - Mentor: Carol Barnum (UX Firm)
  • March 13, 2019, "Intersecting social contexts as sources of risk and resilience for Kenyan orphans" - Mentor: Lisa Pearce (UNC - Chapel Hill)
  • March 19, 2019, "Naïve properties" -  Mentor: Hartry Field (New York University)
  • March 21, 2019, "Research at a technical intersection: energetic materials and MEMS" - Mentor: Jeff Rhoads (Purdue)
  • March 28, 2019, "Insecurity analysis of the android system services" - Mentor: Peng Liu (Penn State)
  • April 3, 2019, "Shifting narratives: conducting research to cultivate a new vision for inclusion and equity in higher education" - Mentor: Samuel Museus (University of California, San Diego)
  • April 4, 2019, "Occupational exoskeletons: opportunities, emerging evidence, & ongoing challenges" - Mentor: Maury Nussbaum (Virginia Tech)
  • April 8, 2019, "Designing autonomous vehicles for people" - Mentor: Linda Boyle (University of Washington) 

Past Seminars - 2018

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • October 9, "My Journey into Community Engaged Research" - Mentor: Bob Aronson (Taylor University)
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
  • 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