Team Members

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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 is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and works remotely with the Jensen group. He is interested in supporting student retention and persistence in STEM programs, particularly at the graduate level, and researches academic mentorship, faculty and student development, mental health and wellness, and retention. Joe plays D&D three nights a week and lives out of a tent for approximately one month every 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.

Isabel Miller


Isabel Miller is a PhD 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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Sara Vohra


Sara Vohra is studying Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and minoring in Chemistry. Outside of academia she works as and Engineering Learning Assitant for the ENG 101 course taught at UIUC. After graduation she plans to pursue medical school to obtain her M.D and work as a physician. In her free time and when the weather is nice she likes to golf.

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Eileen Johnson


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 PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan. After teaching an online laboratory class, she became interested in engineering education research. Her research interests now are focused on engineering student mental health and wellness.

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Deepthi Suresh


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 PhD 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 this includes looking at systemic inequities. Jeanne lives with her wife and dog in North Carolina and enjoys spending time outside. Google Scholar

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