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Past Leadership

2018 ADCA Leadership Board

Amr Elfar

Amr is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a graduate student researcher at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC). His research at focuses on the impacts of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology, widely known in the form of self-driving vehicles, on the operational performance of transportation systems. Before joining the doctoral program at Northwestern, Amr worked in construction management on multiple building and infrastructure projects in Oman and his home country of Jordan.

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Xuan Dou

Xuan Dou is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. Xuan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. Xuan’s research at Northwestern University is focusing on designing new type of lubricant additive to further reduce the mechanical friction and wear, in the meantime he is very interested in technology commercialization.

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Joseph Toonen, PhD
VP Marketing

Joe Toonen is a postdoctoral fellow in Neurosurgery at FSM aimed at discovering novel therapies for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). He received his Ph.D. in Cell biology, Neurobiology, & Anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has also served as a consultant for the BALSA group in St. Louis before relocating to Chicago and is interested in consulting and biotechnology.

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Jenna Logsdon
VP  Internal Affairs

Jenna Logsdon is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from The University of Tampa in Florida. Her current research focuses on designing and analyzing the fundamental properties of molecules to improve the efficiency and accessibility of organic photovoltaic solar cells.

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Nikita Divekar
VP External Affairs

Nikita Divekar is a 3rd Year Ph.D. student in the Molecular Biosciences Department at Northwestern University. She holds a double major in Molecular Biology and Bioengineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. At Northwestern, she is involved in NU-MORE and serves as an International Student advisor. Her current research involves the study of meiotic kinases using diverse microscopy, biochemistry, and cell biology techniques.

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Hussain Sangji
VP Professional Development

Hussain Sangji is a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering. He previously completed a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His PhD research is on the intersection of nanotechnology and regenerative medicine, developing new biomaterials support regenration of damaged tissues. He is interested biotechnology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

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Shichen Lian
VP Finance

Shichen Lian is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research focuses on utilizing solar energy to reduce greenhouse gas by using novel nanomaterials. Outside of his research, Shichen serves as the Vice President of the Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry honors society at Northwestern and is involved with Chicago entrepreneurial community on clean tech.

Weiwei Wang
VP Firm and Alumni Relations

Weiwei Wang is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department. She holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and decided to stay around the Midwest for gradate studies. While in Kalamazoo, she did undergraduate research in organic synthesis and was an active member of the university and community orchestra. Her current research focuses on methodology development and its application to the syntheses of natural products. This is currently her 3rd year with ADCA.

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