Group Members


Primary Investigator

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Caroline L. Schauer, Ph.D.
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Department
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Engineering
Email: cls52@drexel.edu
Office: CAT170C
Phone: 215-895-6797
Fax: 215-895-6760


Graduate Students

Chelsea Knittel Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering

Chukwuemeka Wisdom Chikelu Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering


Undergraduate Students

Engy Khoshit STAR student 2018

Brennan Coleman undergraduate researcher

Emily Herbert senior design 2018/2019

Rebecca Archacki senior design 2018/2019


Alumni (in alphabetical order)

Jennifer Atchison, MSE PhD defended June 2012

Postdoctoral researcher in Saarbrucken, Germany

Currently Staff Materials Scientist at INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials

Laura Toth Beringer, Biomed BS/MS and MSE PhD, MS defended May 2012, PhD defended Dec 2014

GAANN Fellow, OGS Fellow, Joseph and Shirley Carleone Endowed Fellowship award

Postdoctoral researcher at Allegheny Health Network (ASRI)

Currently Senior Biocompatibility Scientist at Philips Respironics

Eric Brenner, MSE BS/MS defended May 2009

Currently Quality Senior Engineer II at Zimmer Biomet

Emily Buck, MSE BS/MS defended May 2014

NSF GRFP Fellow Goldwater Fellow

Whitaker Foundation Fellow in EPFL Switzerland

Currently a graduate student McGill University, Canada

Michael Carey, MSE BS/MS defended June 2017

Currently a graduate student in Michel Barsoum’s Lab at Drexel

Matthew Cathell, MSE PhD defended May 2008

GAANN Fellow

Currently tenure track faculty member The College of New Jersey in the Department of Technological Studies

Aldo Di Prato, MSE BS/MS student defended May 2010

Currently North America Technical Leader at Axalta Coating Systems

Sean Dowd, Biomed BS/MSE MS defended May 2012

Currently Process Engineer at Merck

Keith Fahnestock, MSE MS defended May 2011

Currently Senior Materials Engineer at Johnson Medtech

Amelia George, BioMed MS graduated June 2016.

Currently data analyst at Georgia Institute of Technology

Ryan Gifford-Hollingsworth, MSE BS/MS defended May 2014

Currently Second Lieutenant US Army Reserve and in MD program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on an Army Fellowship

Holly McIlwee Golecki, MSE BS/MS defended May 2008

NSF GRFP Fellow and graduate student at Harvard University Department of Bioengineering

Currently science teacher at Haverford School

Tatyana Huseynova, Chem Eng BS/MSE MS defended May 2015

Drexel University’s Outstanding Masters in Engineering

Currently Environmental Compliance Analyst at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Marjorie (Austero) Kiechel, MSE PhD defended June 2013

Currently Associate Scientist at Ingredion Incorporated

Michael Laudenslager, MSE BS/MS defended May 2008

University of Florida Department of MSE defended PhD March 2013

Currently Materials Engineer at Agilent Technologies

Ariana Levitt, MSE PhD candidate (co-advised Genevieve Dion)

NSF GRFP Fellow, Inaugural Coulter Fellow 2016, Provost Graduate Fellowship

Currently in Yury Gogotsi’s lab at Drexel

Elisa Mayerberger, MSE MS (co-advised Michel Barsoum) graduated April 2017

Researcher at Johnson and Johnson

Currently pursuing a PhD at Lehigh University

Michelle Neustein, Biomedical Engineering MS defended May 2005

Currently Researcher University of Pittsburgh Department of Vascular Surgery

Reaya Richardson, MSE MS graduated June 2014

Currently Therapeutic Support Staff at Northeast Treatment Centers

Jessica Schiffman, MSE PhD defended May 2009

Recipient MATPAC best of the graduate students; Drexel University’s doctoral student most likely to enhance reputation, and Lindau Award; GAANN Fellow

Postdoctoral position with Prof. Elimelech at Yale University

Currently Associate Professor (with tenure) at Department of Chemical Engineering University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Deepika Seethamraju, BioMed MS graduated June 2017

Janah Sorenson Szewczyk, MSE MS defended March 2009

Currently Lead Materials Scientist at Dow Chemical Company

Reva Street, BioMed PhD defended May 2018

Drexel Calhoun Fellowship, GAANN Fellowship

Bryan Sutherland, MSE BS/MS defended May 2014

Currently graduate student in MSE Dept. at University of Delaware

Jennifer Vondran, MSE BS/MS defended June 2007

Currently Partner at Keystone Scientific, Inc.

Amanda (Mandy Toth) Wittenberg, MSE BS/MS defended May 2014

Currently Application Engineer at W. L. Gore and Associates