Students

 

 

Abdelaziz Adawe

Abdelaziz Adawe (aadawe@umich.eduMr. 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.eduMs. 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.

 

Jesús Arrué (jarrue@umich.edu)

 

RJ Batas

 

RJ Batas (rbatasjr@umich.eduMr. Batas received his Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Biology from Western Michigan University. RJ will be working as a Graduate Student Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Sunghee Lee. RJ will be pursuing his Masters in Survey Methodology with an emphasis in Social Science. 

 

 

Hanh Bui (hbui@umich.eduMs. Bui graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in English from Hanoi University of Foreign Studies in Vietnam. She also received a Master of Art’s degree in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. She is currently working as an Information Resource Specialist at the University of Michigan. Han will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

 

 

Curtiss Engstorm (cwengstr@umich.eduMr. Engstrom received his Bachelor's of Science at the University of Wisconsin in Sociology with a Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR) as well as Political Science. He has worked on various research projects over the last 3 years at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC), RTI International, and NORC at the University of Chicago, with his ongoing work focusing on response options and answer acquiescence under Prof. Nora Cate Schaeffer at UW-Madison. He will be studying the social science emphasis in the Survey Methodology program. 

 

Micha Fischer (michaf@umich.eduMr. 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. 

Jiangzhou Fu (jiangzhf@umich.edu

Lakhpreet Gill (lakhgill@umich.eduMs. 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.

Kaan Cem Ketenci (ketenci@umich.eduMr. Ketenci graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Statistics from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.  Kaan Cem most recently worked as a teaching assistant at TUBITAK; the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Kaan Cem will be studying the statistical emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology.
Thanyada Kongpreu (thanyada@umich.edu)
Kallan Larsen (kallanml@umich.eduMs. Larsen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan.  Kallan most recently worked as a Research Assistant in the Health and Retirement study here at the University of Michigan.  Ms. Larsen will be studying the social science emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology.

Boya Li (liboya@umich.eduMs.Li received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Nanjing University in China, including a one-semester exchange program at University of California, Berkeley. She worked as an intern research assistant at National Survey Research Center at Renmin University of China, NSRC. As a Master’s student, Ms. Li will be studying the data science track of the program. 

 

 

Lingxi Li (lingxil@umich.eduMs. Li recently graduated with a Bachelor of Management degree from Jilin University in Changchun, China.  Lingxi most recently worked as an Assistant at the China Construction Bank in Shenyang, China.  Lingxi will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

Mao Li (maolee@umich.eduMr. Li received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Nanjing University in China, including a one-semester exchange program at National Taiwan University. He worked as an undergraduate research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IAS) and as a teaching assistant at a summer school program in Nanjing University.  As a Master’s student, Mr. Li will be studying the social science track of the program.

Yixi Li (liyixi@umich.eduMs. Li recently graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Peking University in Beijing, China. Yixi most recently worked as Business Intelligent Analyst with Beijing Mobike Technology in China. Ms. Li will be studying the statistical emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology

Xuefei Li (lxuefei@umich.edu)
Ruixuan Li (ruixuanl@umich.eduMr. Li recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/Mathematics at Wuhan University in China.  Ruixuan most recently worked as Research Assistant at Illinois Institution of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. Ruixuan will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

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 Mr. Melipillan 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.

 

Rebecca Oh (daraeoh@umich.eduMs. Oh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.  Rebecca most recently worked as a Legal Evidence Specialist at Hudson Legal Group in Ann Arbor.  She will be studying the social science emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology.

Ai Rene Ong (aireneo@umich.eduMs. Ong 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

Ilse Paniagua (ilsep@umich.eduMs. Paniagua graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 2016.  Ilse also studied in Paris, France where she focused on economics and data analysis.  Ilse most recently worked at the University of Chicago in the International Projects department as a Research Assistant.  She will be studying the social science emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology.

 Ali Rafei

Ali Rafei (arafei@umich.eduMr. Rafei recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan. Ali came to the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM) with not only his Bachelor's degree in Statistics at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, but also graduated with a Master of Biostatistics from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. For several years, Ali had 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 methods for finite population inference based on non-probability samples with more emphasis on Big Data.

Photo of MPSM student Deji Suolong

Deji Suolang (dsuolang@umich.eduMs.Suolang received her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Nanjing University in China, including a one-semester exchange program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She worked as an intern research assistant at the Academy of Social Sciences in Lhasa, Tibet.  As a Master’s student, Ms. Suolang will be studying the social science track of the program

Junhan Tang (junhant@umich.edu)
 

Zeping Tao (zepingt@umich.eduMr. Tao graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Zeping most recently worked as a data journalist (Intern) at CBNWeekly in Shanghai, China. He will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.

Tianheao Wang (wtha@umich.edu)
 

Huiying (Yanna) Yan (yanhuier@umich.eduMs. Yan 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.eduMr. 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.eduMs. 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 graduated from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM) MS program in Spring 2019 and is now continuing her her studies in the MPSM doctoral program. 

Shiyu Zhang (zsy@umich.eduMs. Zhang recently graduated with her MA degree in social science at the University of Chicago. Shiyu also comes to the program with a MA in human migration study at Utrecht University and a MS in data science at Tilburg University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  

 

Xinyu Zhang (zhxinyu@umich.eduMr. Zhang graduated with a Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan. Xinyu most recently worked as a research assistant in the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan. As a PhD student, Mr. Zhang will be studying the statistical emphasis in the Program in Survey Methodology.

 

 
Ziheng Zhang (zziheng@umich.edu)  
 

Alexa Zmich (azmich@umich.eduMs. Zmich graduated with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Communications/International Relations from Western Michigan University.  Alexa most recently worked as a Student Services Coordinator at Middlebury Institute in Monterey, California. Alexa will be studying the social science emphasis of the program.