Students

 

 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.

 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.

Kristen Cibelli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Following her B.A. degree, she worked in the area of international human rights. She assisted advocates in the collection, management and analysis of data about human rights abuses in countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Thailand (for Burma). She returned to graduate school earning her Masters of Science degree from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Her research interests include cross-cultural survey research, the effect of privacy and confidentiality concerns and social desirability on measurement quality, and the application of survey methods in challenging contexts such as post conflict or post disaster and in low development countries.

 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.

 

Piotr Dworak (dworak@umich.edu) Mr. Dworak received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Arizona. He then went on to receive his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University.  Piotr is currently working as a Survey Specialist Senior at the University of Michigan.  Mr. Dworak will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 

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. 

Wolf Gremel (gwgremel@umich.edu) Mr. Gremel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Most recently he worked as an Analyst at Altarum Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Wolf will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology program.

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.

 

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.

Qianyin Huang (qianyinh@umich.edu) Ms. Huang received her Bachelor of Law degree in Sociology from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  Most recently she worked as an Intern Reporter at the Social Survey Center in Beijing, China.  Huang will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology program.

Carolyn Lau (carlau@umich.eduMs. Lau received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  She previously interned for NASS in Washington, D.C.  Carolyn will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

ShinJung Julia Lee

ShinJung Julia Lee comes to the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology from the biostatistics unit of the Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Health System, where her responsibilities have included design of data collection instruments and statistical analysis. She has earned degrees from the China Medical College (Taiwan), and from the University of California at Los Angeles. She will have a statistical emphasis in 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.eduMs. Ong received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at HELP University College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Most recently she worked as a Research Executive for Insight Asia.  Ai Rene will be studying the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology 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.

Stephanie Stern (sastern@umich.eduMs. Stern received her Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon Universityin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Most recently Stephanie worked as a Statistics Teaching Assistant at Carnegie Mellon.  Stephanie will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

 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 (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 worked with surveys for both federal and state government agencies as well as for-profit survey organizations. His primary interest revolves around unit and item nonresponse in surveys. As a PhD student, Brian will be studying the statistical 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.  

 

Zewei Zong (zwzong@umich.eduMr. Zong received his Bachelor of Law degree in Sociology at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Most recently Zewei worked as an Intern Analyst for IMS Health in Beijing.  Zewei will be studying the statistical emphasis of the Program of Survey Methodology.