Students

 

Abdelaziz Adawe

Abdelaziz Adawe (aadawe@umich.edu)  Mr. Adawe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Michigan State University. Abdelaziz currently works as a Survey Specialist Associate at the University of Michigan Survey Research Center on the Health and Retirement Study.  Abdelaziz will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology Program.

Fernanda Alvarado Leiton

Fernanda Alvarado Leiton (mleiton@umich.edu) Ms. Alvarado-Leiton graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Statistics at the Unversidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Most recently Ms. Alvarado-Leiton worked as a researcher at the Central American Population Center and the Statistics department in the University of Costa Rica.  As a PhD student, Fernanda will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

 

 Melissa Armendariz

Melissa Armendariz (marmend@umich.edu) Ms. Armendáriz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Most recently Melissa worked as a MERITUS Fellowship, where she conducted research in the Social Cognition Lab at UTEP in El Paso, Texas. Melissa will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology Program.

Katherine Blackburn (katblack@umich.edu) Ms. Blackburn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.  Most recently Katherine worked as a Research Assistant at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina.  Also, Katherine enjoys working with animals and volunteers regularly at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Katherine will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

Chen Chen (fracchen@umich.edu) Mr. Chen received his Bachelor of Law degree in Sociology at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Chen most recently worked as an Intern at the China Family Panel Studies in the Institute of Social Science Survey in Beijing, China.  Chen will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

 Hao-Chun Cheng

Hao-Chun Cheng (hacheng@umich.edu) Mr. Cheng received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology from National Taipei University in Taiwan. After graduation, he entered into Academia Sinica. From 2014, he worked with Professor Ruoh-Rong Yu in the Center for Survey Research, Academia Sinica. Hao-Chun will be studying the social science emphasis in the program. His research interest includes nonresponse and attrition in panel data.

 Shaohua Dong

Shaohua Dong (shaohua@umich.edu) Ms. Dong received her Bachelor of Science degree at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  She most recently worked as a Research Assistant in the Research Center for Social Transformation of Fudan University.  Shaohua will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology program.

Micha Fischer (michaf@umich.edu) Mr. Fischer recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Statistics at the Ludwig-Maximilian University Muchen in Munich, Germany.  His recent job was as a consultant to the Chair of Special Education at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in conducting national and international surveys.  As a PhD student, Micha will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program. 

Lakhpreet Gill (lakhgill@umich.edu) Ms. Gill received her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and her Master of Arts in Sociology from Stanford University.  For the past 6 years, she has worked in health policy research with a variety of data sources, including the Health and Retirement Study. Ms. Gill will be pursuing the data science emphasis at the Survey Methodology Program, while continuing her work at Mathematica Policy Research. She will also be working on a research project using Health and Retirement Study survey, Medicare claims, and genetics data under Drs. Jennifer Smith, Jessica Faul and Alison Mondul. Outside of school and work, she enjoys yoga, salsa dancing and spending time with friends.

Wenyi He

Wenyi He (hwenyi@umich.edu) Ms. He received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.  Wenyi will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

Jingwei Hu (jingwei@umich.edu) Ms. Hu graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree in Political Science and Government at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Most recently Ms. Hu worked as a Research Assistant at NCHS in Hyattsville, MD.  As a PhD student, Jinwei will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

 

Mengyao Hu (maggiehu@umich.edu) Ms. Hu recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  Most recently Mengyao worked as a research assistant within Survey Research Operations in the Survey Research Center. As a PhD student, Mengyao will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

Ang Li (liangla@umich.edu) Ms. Li received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Fudan University in China.  She most recently worked as a Quantitative Analyst as an intern at Millward Brown in Shanghai, China.  Ms. Li will be studying the data science track of the program.

 

 

Ryan McCammon (mccammon@umich.edu) Mr. McCammon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He is currently working as a Research Analyst at the University of Michigan in the department of Internal Medicine.  Ryan will pursue the social science of Survey Methodology.

Colleen McClain (camcclai@umich.eduMs. McClain recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  She has worked as a Survey Manager for Survey Sciences Group, LLC (now Soundrocket) specializing in web and mobile survey research, as an operations analyst for NORC at the University of Chicago, and as a research assistant at MPSM.  As a PhD student, Colleen will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.  Her research interests include the use of technology in survey research, cognitive mechanisms of survey response, and identifying correlates of nonresponse in panel studies.  

 

Roberto Melipillan (robmeli@umich.edu) recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  As a PhD student, Edmundo will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

 

Felicitas Mittereder (fmitter@umich.edu) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Ludwig-Maximilian University Munchen, Germany.  Felicitas also earned her Master’s degree in Statistics at Ludwig-Maximilian University Munchen, Germany.  Most recently Felicitas worked as a Research Associate at the Institute Employment Research in Nuremberg, Germany.  As a PhD student, Felicitas will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

Ai Rene Ong (aireneo@umich.edu) Ms. Ong recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan. Ai Rene came to the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM) with not only her Bachelor degree but also a number of years of relevant work experiences including work as a Research Executive with Ipsos Healthcare. As a PhD student, Ai Rene will be studying the social science emphasis of the program

 Ali Rafei

Ali Rafei (arafei@umich.edu) Mr. Ali Rafei received his Bachelor's degree in Statistics at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, and then, graduated in Master of Biostatistics from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For several years, Ali has been working at the Ministry of Health of Iran, providing technical and statistical assistance for the design and analysis of some national health surveys. His research interests mainly concern the non-response adjustment and handling of missing data. Ali will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

 Iago Santos Muraro

Iago Santos Muraro (ismuraro@umich.edu) Iago received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, Sao Paulo - Brazil. He most recently worked as a Consumer Insights Manager at the Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Iago will be studying the marketing research emphasis in the program.

Sharan Sharma (snsharma@umich.edu) is a Ph.D. candidate with research interests in interviewer behavior, interviewer measurement error (with a special interest in falsification), the use of paradata in survey quality control, and the statistical modeling of complex survey data.  Sharan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Management Studies in Marketing (both from University of Mumbai), and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Along with his academic pursuits, he holds the position of Senior Vice President at TAM India, a Kantar-Nielsen joint venture engaged in media research. He has also held positions in sales and business development in his career in the Indian media industry.

 Javier Torres

Javier Torres (jtorresi@umich.edu) Mr. Torres received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University Diego Portales, Chile. He most recently worked as Head of Public Studies in the Quantitative Department of GfK Chile. Javier will be pursuing the public opinion emphasis in the program. 

 

Huiying (Yanna) Yan (yanhuier@umich.edu) Ms. Yan recently graduated with her Masters degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  Most recently Yanna worked as an intern in Survey Methods Group at Westat in Rockville, Maryland.  As a PhD student,  Yanna will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 Brian Wells

Brian Wells (bmwells@umich.edu) Mr. Wells holds a bachelor's degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has spent much of his career as a research assistant and consultant for various survey institutions and researchers studying sample design and nonresponse. His dissertation focuses on the recurrent consent for and collection of biomeasures in longitudinal surveys.

Wenshan Yu (yuwens@umich.edu) Ms. Yu received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Korean and minored in Psychology at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Wenshan most recently worked as a Research Assistant for Center for Social Research at Peking University.  Ms. Yu will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

 
 Hani Zainulbhai

Hani Zainulbhai (hanizain@umich.edu) Ms. Zainulbhai worked most recently with the Global Attitudes Project at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations at the George Washington University. Hani will be pursuing the public opinion emphasis in the program.

 
 Xinyu Zhang

Xinyu Zhang (zhxinyu@umich.edu) Mr. Zhang received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising at BNU-HKBU United International College in Zhuhai, China. He most recently worked as an Intern for Jiangsu Mobile in Changzhou, China. Xinyu will be studying the social science emphasis of the Program of Survey Methodology.