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.
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). In her free time, Christiana likes to read, cook, and travel.
Sabrina is one of our executive GradSWE leaders at the University of Notre Dame section. She is currently a 5th year PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Basar Bilgicer. Her doctoral research involves studying and developing multivalent lipid nanoparticles for their selective application towards treating complex medical conditions. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Bangladesh. Before joining graduate school, she worked as a technical management trainee in process control and operation of air separation unit at Abul Khair Steel Melting Limited in Bangladesh. Besides research, Sabrina enjoys photography, hiking and travelling at her spare time.
Meredith is a Ph.D. student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, advised by Paul Bohn and Nosang Myung. Her research focuses on developing electrochemical point-of-care sensors that specialize in detecting target analytes, ranging from illicit drugs to human stress indicators. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama. In her free time, Meredith enjoys art history and printmaking media.
Professional Development Chair
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 Development Chair
Angela Abarca Perez
Angela is a Graduate student in Environmental Engineering, advised by Kyle Doudrick and William Phillip. Her research involves developing heterogeneous catalysts to treat emergent contaminants in drinking water. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the university UPAEP in Puebla, Mexico. She is a recipient of the Materials Science and Engineering Fellowship from Notre Dame’s Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering. In her free time, Angela enjoys watercolor and digital painting, ballet, and international movies.
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.
Gulberk is a Ph.D. student in 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, traveling, and trying new recipes.