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2019 ADCA Leadership Board

Hussain Sangji
Co-President

Hussain Sangji is a 4th 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 regeneration of damaged tissues. He is interested biotechnology commercialization and entrepreneurship.


Nikita Divekar
Co-President

Nikita Divekar is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Biosciences Department at Northwestern University and studies the functions of enzymes in female reproductive cells (oocytes). She is interested in entrepreneurship and hopes to work at the intersection of business and technology. She interns at the Innovation and Venture Office where she is involved in patenting and commercialization of new technology developed in NU’s research labs. Prior to Northwestern, she majored in Molecular Biology and Bioengineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Helen Pinto
Co-VP Professional Development

Helen Pinto is a senior Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a graduate student researcher at the Northwestern University Transportation Center. She completed her undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at Universidade Federal da Paraiba in Brazil, and obtained her Master’s degree in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning at Northwestern University. Helen also worked with technical consulting in water resources in Brazil prior to graduate school. Her dissertation research studies the impacts of shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles on public transportation. Helen values environmentally- and community-focused initiatives, and enjoys latin dancing on her free time.


Chenyang Li
Co-VP Professional Development

Chenyang is a 3rd year PhD student in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, Chenyang earned his MEngSc from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the mechanics of construction materials.


 
Jasmine Lucas
VP Finance

Jasmine is a 5th-year PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences program at Northwestern University. Jasmine obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University in 2014. At Northwestern, she studies the development of a peculiar photoreceptor and its role in retinal development. While Jasmine has a broad array of business interests, she is most fascinated by the impact of finance on science and how scientific progress can be translated into capital.


Lama Al Hajj Hassan
VP Administration

Lama 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). Her research focuses on building demand forecasting models and formulating mathematical programs and heuristics for optimizing freight transportation and logistics operations.  She holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut and M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering from Northwestern University.


Vadim Glinskiy
VP Career and Alumni Relations

Vadim Glinskiy is a second year PhD student at Kellogg School of Management. He holds Master of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Technology from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He studied Power Engineering for his Engineer’s Diploma Degree in Russia and South Korea. Currently, he is studying market diffusion models applying the methods of optimal control and dynamic programming. His broader research interests include Machine learning, Demand forecasting models,  Dynamic and Stochastic programming with the applications  in transportation, energy industry, marketing and advertising. His main hobby is studying new languages.

2018 ADCA Leadership Board

Amr Elfar
Co-President

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
Co-President

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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