Graduate Society of Women Engineers (Grad SWE)

The Graduate Society of Women Engineers (Grad SWE) at Notre Dame is dedicated to promoting the success of women in engineering as a positive force for quality of life and the value of diversity.

Executive Board

President
Sabrina Khan

Sabrina Khan

Sabrina is a Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Basar Bilgicer. Her research involves studying and developing functional multivalent nanoparticles to enhance selectivity and avidity for therapeutic application toward treating medically complex diseases.

She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Before beginning graduate school, she worked as a technical management trainee in process operation and control of the air separation plant of Abul Khair Steel Melting Limited in Bangladesh. Besides research, Sabrina enjoys photography, hiking, and traveling.

Vice President
Xiaotong Yuan

Xiaotong Yuan

Xiaotong is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, advised by Scott Howard. Her research is biomedical optics, including fluorescence lifetime imaging and multiphoton microscopy, which can explore the microenvironment of living tissue. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. In her spare time, she enjoys movies, traveling, working out, trying different food in different places and hanging out with friends.

Secretary
Christiana Oh

Christiana Oh

Christiana is a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Paul Bohn. Her research focuses on developing electrochemical and optical diagnostic sensing platforms, with an emphasis towards rapid and sensitive point-of-care testing. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Macaulay Honors College of The City College of New York (CCNY). She is a recipient of the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowship from the Institute for Precision Health at Notre Dame and a Jack and Mary Ann Remick Fellow in Engineering. In her free time, Christiana likes to read, cook, and travel.

Social Co-Chair
S. Gulberk Ozcebe

S. Gulberk Ozcebe

Gulberk is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Bioengineering program, advised by Pinar Zorlutuna. Her research focuses on cell-environment interactions in the aging heart. She received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and genetics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Gulberk enjoys visual arts and in her free time, she likes painting, doing puzzles, traveling, and enjoying the sun outside.

Social Co-Chair
Zoë Penko

Zoe Penko

Zoë is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, advised by Kenneth T. Christensen and Diogo Bolster. Her interests include mathematical and numerical modeling of challenging fluid mechanics problems in sustainability, energy, and the environment. Her research focuses on studying multi-phase flows by utilizing mesoscopic computational methods in conjunction with quantitative flow imaging techniques. She received her bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In her spare time, she likes running, climbing, sailing, and playing the trombone.

Professional Event Chair
Liliya Chernysheva

Liliya Chernysheva

Liliya is a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. Her research focuses on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in wastewater, indoor air, and soils. Liliya completed her undergraduate degree at Albion College, majoring in chemistry and mathematics. When she graduates, Liliya would like to work in solid waste management and eventually start her own recycling company. Liliya is passionate about art and drawing, and she hopes to write and illustrate a graphic novel about her childhood.

Professional Event Chair
Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown

Amanda is a Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by William Schneider. Her research focuses on the development of microkinetic models to predict optimal experimental conditions in plasma-assisted heterogeneous catalytic reactions. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Alabama. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, going on walks, and petting her cat, Shera.

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