The following have completing the IDEAS Traineeship Program:
Neda Rohani - 2015 Fellow
Neda completed her Ph.D. in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, under the mentorship of Professor Aggelos Katsaggelos, at Northwestern University.
She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Iran. Her research interests are Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Signal Processing.
Vicky Chuqiao Yang - 2016 Trainee
Vicky completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University.
She works on mathematical models applied to social systems. Some topics of her work include crime in cities and dynamics of political elections. She received her undergraduate degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in both Mathematical Sciences and Physics.
Niharika Sravan - 2016 Fellow
Niharika completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at Northwestern University.
She is primarily interested in modeling the evolutionary pathways to ‘stripped-envelope supernovae’ (Types IIb, Ib, and Ic). A systematic analysis of possible evolutionary channels can be used to build a database recording properties of progenitor sequences. Such a database can aid in expediting classification, progenitor identification in pre-supernova images and further detailed follow-up and study. It will be an important tool in analyzing the wealth of data on the transient sky that will be available in the future with the advent of rapid-cadence big-data telescopes like the LSST.
Niharika is also interested in modeling the evolution of binary star systems to investigate the channels and mechanisms governing X-ray binaries and binary compact objects. In the past, she has worked on a wide range of topics from re-ioninzation to galaxy evolution.
View Niharika’s website.
Michael Zevin - 2016 and 2018 Fellow
Mike is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University.
He is part of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and has multiple research interests in gravitational wave astrophysics ranging from LIGO detector data analysis to source formation channels of gravitational wave events.
He is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy, Physics, and Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.