Team Members

Karin Jensen

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Karin Jensen, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Education Research at the University of Michigan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia. Karin enjoys cardio fitness classes and spending time with her family. See her full biography here.

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Joe Mirabelli

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Joe Mirabelli, Ph.D. earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he worked remotely with the Jensen group. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the group starting in Fall 2023. Previously, Joe researched Nuclear Physics and Engineering Physics as an undergraduate and Master’s student. Joe’s current research focuses on mental health, wellness, and persistence in STEM programs, particularly at the graduate level. He has also been part of projects exploring faculty and student professional development, AI tutoring, and games for learning. Joe plays D&D three nights a week, presevers the history of fire towers in his home state, and lives out of a tent for about a cumulative month each year. 

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Evan Ko


Evan Ko is based in Chicago, IL and is a part time researcher and program coordinator for the Journal of Engineering Education Peer Reviewer Training Program (JEE PERT). They earned their Bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering with a minor in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and their main 9am-5pm position is as a Clinical Trials Development Program Member at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company. Evan volunteers with various LGBT+ organizations whose missions are driven by cultural competence and excellence, is an avid hobby photographer, and a new dog dad.

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Isabel Miller

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Isabel Miller is a Ph.D. student in Engineering Education Research at the University of Michigan. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Bioengineering with a minor in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a teaching assitant, a tutor, and a Peer Led Teams facilitator for various engineering courses. Isabel’s research focuses on supporting engineering students facing educational impediments.

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Eileen Johnson

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Eileen Johnson received her BS and MS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She previously worked in tissue engineering and genetic engineering throughout her education. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. After teaching an online laboratory class, she became interested in engineering education research. Her current research interests are in engineering student mental health & wellness with a focus on undergraduate experiences with stress and engineering culture. Outside of research, Eileen likes to read for fun, play D&D with friends, and relax with her three cats (Lil, Mollie, & Ginny).

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Deepthi Suresh

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Deepthi Suresh (she/her) earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She began her research in 2018, working on integrating robotic systems into lab workflow. She is now at the University of Michigan working towards her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a research focus in engineering education. She was a teaching assistant for three years in an introductory lab course which, along with her own undergraduate experience, influenced her research interests: undergraduate career outcome expectations for bioengineering, currently with respect to the fields of artificial intelligence and quality engineering. In her free time, she loves playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, and spending time with her two cats, Percy and Apollo.

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Jeanne Sanders

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Jeanne works remotely with the Jensen group to help research happen and the lab run smoothly. She cares about encouraging an environment supportive of mental health, which she believes includes looking at systemic inequities. Jeanne lives with her wife and dog in North Carolina and enjoys spending time outside.

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Dorian Bobbett

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Dorian Bobbett is a Ph.D. student studying Engineering Education Research at the University of Michigan. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Leadership from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She became interested in engineering education research through her work as a teaching assistant, an Engineering Ambassador, and a volunteer at a local elementary school STEM club. In her free time, Dorian enjoys hiking, baking, and crocheting.

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John Mobley IV


John Mobley IV is a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Education Research program at the University of Michigan. He holds two B.S. degrees (Physics with Nuclear Engineering Minor, Mathematics with Applications), an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, an MBA, and a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Education Focus) from Iowa State University. He is an active member of the nuclear community—serving in multiple leadership roles throughout the American Nuclear Society—and is passionate about research in nuclear education, training, and workforce development. In his free time, John enjoys biking, listening to music, and exploring new destinations.

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Faith Gacheru

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Faith is an undergraduate senior at the University of Michigan studying biomedical engineering. She is a part of the Health Science Scholars Program and enjoys increasing her knowledge of hydrogels. Faith has keen interests in bioinformatics and tissue engineering. She also loves to travel and was raised on three different continents, in five different countries. In her free time she enjoys going on long walks, reading, drinking matcha lattes, or trying new restaurants with friends. 

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Yaa Donkor

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Yaa holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Japanese from Lehigh University. As her journey at Lehigh neared its conclusion, she reflected on ways to enhance the engineering experience, igniting her passion for engineering education research at the University of Michigan. In her free time, Yaa cycles through a myriad of interests, which can ultimately be distilled to a love for leisurely walks, continuous learning, and revisiting fond memories while embracing novelty.

Team members are listed in the order they joined the group.


Prof. Lisa Benson, Engineering and Science Education, Clemson University

Prof. Teresa Cardador, Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Jennifer Cromley, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Kelly Cross, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Prof. Molly Goldstein, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Holly Golecki, Bioengineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Mark Huerta, Engineering Education, Virginia Tech

Prof. Paul Jensen, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Prof. Julie Martin, Engineering Education, The Ohio State University

Prof. Yanfen Li, Biomedical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Prof. Tiffani Williams, Computer Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign