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Alida Perez Fodich

  • Affiliation: EAS
  • Hometown: Chile

Alida Perez Fodich was born in the mining town of Chuquicamata, Chile, located more than 9000 feet high in the Andes. She lived there until she was ten years old, and then moved with her family to Santiago read more

Amanda Bares

  • Affiliation: BME

For Amanda Bares’ first summer job after high school she cleaned laser components at the company where her father worked as an electrical engineer. Now, as a Ph.D. student in Cornell’s Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Bares is building her own technologically advanced piece of scientific equipment. read more

Bill Bedell

  • Affiliation: Ph.D. Commercialzation Fellow
  • Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Bill Bedell is one of the first Ph.D. Commercialization Fellows form Cornell Engineering. He shares his journey. read more

Chris Larson

  • Affiliation: MAE
  • Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

Chris Larson hit a point in 2012 where he could see several possible futures for himself. He was not sure which path he would eventually take, but he did know that for any of them to happen he was going to need a Ph.D. read more

Elizabeth Case

  • Affiliation: MAE
  • Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA

Ph.D. Student Profile read more

Frances Zhu

  • Affiliation: MAE
  • Hometown: Kansas City, KS

Frances “Frankie” Zhu is used to having her work scrutinized by a PI (Principal Investigator). She is currently a Ph.D. student in the lab of Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Cornell’s Sibley School. But before that, she grew up in a house that had not one but TWO PIs. “I grew up in Boston, but then we moved to Kansas City,” says Zhu. “Moving gave both of my parents the chance to be Principal Investigators—so I grew up around labs and research all the time.” read more

Hsiu-Yu Yu

  • Affiliation: Chemical Engineering
  • Hometown: Hsinchu County, Taiwan

"It would be more interesting to us to think about some problems that no one has thought about." read more

Levon Atoyan

  • Affiliation: MAE

Ph.D. Student Profile read more

Paxton Thedford

  • Affiliation: Ph.D. in CBE
  • Hometown: Kerrville, TX

Paxton Thedford grew up in Kerrville, Texas and earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. When it was time to decide on a graduate program, Cornell was his clear first choice. “When I came to Ithaca for the admitted students events, Professor Susan Daniel and everyone else in CBE did a great job,” says Thedford. “I got a good feeling right away from all the people I met—it felt like a place I could succeed.” read more

Peter DelNero

  • Affiliation: BME
  • Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Peter DelNero began his graduate studies in the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Cornell in 2011. He hopes to earn his Ph.D. in August of 2017. So read more

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