Academy Members


VTGrATE Fellows are graduate students who have more than two semesters of teaching experience* at VT and/or curriculum development and outstanding teaching evaluations. (*Teaching experience includes GTA assignments, volunteer GTA positions, instructor for summer programs, First-Year Experience courses, Learning/Learning communities courses, adjunct positions and other pertinent activity.)

Katie Ayers
  • Department: Sociology
  • Office: McBryde Hall, 555
  • Email:

Jonilda Bahja

  • Business Information Technology
  • Office: Pamplin, 2004
  • Email:

Benjamin DeVore

  • Department: Psychology
  • Office: Williams Hall, 225
  • Email:

Diana Marcela Franco Duran

Cortney Steele
  • Department: Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
  • Office: War Memorial Hall 231b
  • Email:
  • Twitter: @CortneySteele

Martina Svyantek

  • Department: Individualized, interdisciplinary PhD investigating how disability is constructed as an identity within higher education.
  • Office: Togersen 3124
  • ePortfolio:
  • Twitter: @svyantek

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Shawnice Johnson, Human Development and Family Science
Chandani Shrestha, Computer Science
Stephanie Cooke, Human Development and Family Science
Caitlin Cridland, Biochemistry
Negin Forouzesh, Computer Science and Physics
Ellen Garcia, Biological Sciences
Genevieve Gural, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Rogers, Philosophy
Kate Vaiknoras, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Nicole Ward, Biological Sciences
Nicole Arnold, Food Science & Technology
Jarrod Blair, Philosophy
Erin Connelly, Materials Science & Engineering
Diane Eilerts, Biochemistry
Shadisadat Esmaeili, Physics & Educational Psychology
Anna Fausnacht, Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise
Kirsten Felice, Chemistry
Britton Hipple, Biochemistry
Leanna Ireland, Sociology
Yousef Jalali, Engineering Education
Chelsea Lyles, Higher Education
Anurag Mantha, Civil & Environmental Engineering
John Morelock, Engineering Education
Joel M Serrano, Chemistry
Laura Hanzly, Biological Systems Engineering
Melissa Kenny, Biomedical Engineering & Mechanics
Katarina Krizova, Human Development, Marriage & Family Therapy
Racheida Lewis, Engineering Education
Nidhi Menon, Translational Biology, Medicine & Health (Interdisciplinary
Mary Nedela, Human Development/Marriage & Family Therapy
Alexandria Noble, Engineering
Rachel Rupnow, Mathematics
Anthony Sczurek, ASPECT
Jyotsana Sharma, Counselor Education
Andrew Valdespino, Psychology
Shelby E. Ward, ASPECT
Hanlie Wessels, Chemistry
Bethany Wolters, CSES (2017)Trevor Jamerson, Sociology
Laura Savage, Industrial & System Engineering
Kari Zacharias, Science, Technology, and Society
Laura Hanzly, Biological Systems Engineering
Nicole J Johnson, Higher Education
Elizabeth Spingola, Engineering Education
Jennifer Turner, Sociology
Hanilie Wesseis, Chemistry
Kelli Karcher, Mathematics
Yasaman Shahtaheri, Construction Engineering, and Management
Charles Cook, Engineering Mechanics
Natali Huggins, Higher Education
Tawni Paradise, Engineering Education
Hypatia Alexandria, Planning and Global Governance
Mansooreh Ahmadian, Computer Science
Sara Cloft, Animal and Poultry Sciences
Mahtot Gebresselassie, Urban Affairs and Planning
Hannah Leventhal, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Hesam Mahmoudi, Management Systems Engineering
Jessie Mann, Translational Biology Medicine and Health 
Aaron Oxendine, Animal and Poultry Sciences
Ernesto Acosta, Planning, Governance, & Globalization
Mohammed Almannaa, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mohammed Baaoum, Industrial and Civil Engineering
Jon Bunting, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Diana Devine, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Abram Diaz-Strandberg, Mechanical Engineering
Michelle Dowling, Computer Science
Stephanie Edwards, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Efon Epanty, Planning, Governance and Globalization
Sara Harrell, Landscape Architecture
Devin Hoffman, Geosciences
Alexis Hruby, Dairy Science
Allison Hutchison, Rhetoric & Writing
Cindy Klimatis, Educational Leadership
Dana Korneisel, Geosciences
Andrew Kulak, English
Dan Li, Landscape Architecture
Paul Magnant, Public Administration & Public Policy
Michael Marston, Geospatial & Environmental Analysis
Chris McCullough, Horticulture
Laura Nelson, Human Development & Family Science
Jacquelyn Prestegaard, Dairy Science
Jessica Stephen Premo, Human Development & Family Science
Jessica Resor, Human Development & Family Science
Patrick Sullivan, Computer Science
Imen Tanniche, Biological Systems Engineering
Pyrros A Telionis, Genetics, Bioinformatics, & Computational Biology
Xuemei Zhang, Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science
Awad Abdelhalim, Civil Engineering
Abdelwahab Al-Hammadi, Civil Engineering
Hani Awni, Mechanical Engineering
Sarah Donnelly, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise
Rob Flahive, ASPECT
Negin Forouzesh, Computer Science
Emily Garner, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Bennett Grooms, Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Si-Hua Chang, Philosophy
Audra Jenson, Philosophy
Sarang Joshi, Computer Science
Ravi Kishore, Mechanical Engineering
Heather Kissel, Psychology
Carlos Mantilla Peña, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Rebekah Martin, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Apratim Mukherjee, Mechanical Engineering
Sudipta Mukherjee, Marketing
Michelle Murray, Human Development & Family Studies
Brittany Nackley, Psychology
Jameson Natwick, Human Development & Family Studies
Brett R. Netto, School of Public and International Affairs – Planning, Governance, and Globalization
Christopher Savage, School of Education
Unnati Sonawala, Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science
Bradford Stucki, Human Development – Marriage and Family Therapy
Anthony Millican, Aerospace & Ocean Engineering
Amanda Sain, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kevin Krost, Educational Research & Evaluation
Aaron Ogletree, Human Development
Kaveh Rahimi, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mubashir Ansari, Chemical Engineering
Ryan Horn, Marketing 
Sarang Joshi, Computer Science
Mari Lehtimaki*, Dairy Science
Jennifer Henderson*, Science and Technology Studies
Maria Stack*, Education Research and Evaluation
Ivette Valenzuela*, Biomed and Veterinary Science
Nicole J. Johnson*, Higher Education
Jonathan Waldron*, Psychology
Scott Walker*, Engineering Education

Sreyoshi Bhaduri, PhD, Fellow (Engineering Education, 2017)
Tariq Abuhamdia, PhD, Member (Mechanical Engineering, 2017)
Ashish Agrawal, PhD, Member (Mechanical Engineering, 2018)
Rajesh Bawa, PhD, Member (Forest Resources, and Environmental Conservation, 2017)
Kenneth Black, PhD, Fellow (Architecture, 2017)*
Anne M. Brown, PhD, Associate (Biochemistry, 2016)
Matthew Chan, PhD, Associate (Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2017)#
Ryan Cook, PhD, Associate (Counseling Education, 2015)
Ray David, PhD, Member (Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2016)
Morgan Davies, MA, Member (Philosophy, 2017)
Bahareh Estejab, PhD, Member (Mechanical Engineering, 2016)
Amanda Halliburton*, PhD, (Psychology, 2016)
Ryan Horn, MS, Member (Marketing, 2016)
Jeena Jayamon, PhD, Member (Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2017)
Shabnam Kavousi PhD, Associate (Architecture 2015)
Alison Kernell Burke, PhD, Associate (Biological Sciences/Microbiology, 2015)
Yesim Keskin, PhD, Associate (Human Development/Marriage & Family Therapy, 2017)
Jordan L. Laney*, PhD, Fellow (ASPECT, 2018)#
Erin Lavender-Stott*, PhD, Fellow (Human Development/Family Studies, 2017)
Darren Maczka, PhD, Fellow (Engineering Education, 2019)
Walter McDonald, PhD, Member (Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2016)
Elham Mohammed Zadeh, PhD, Member (SBIO, 2016)
Homero Murzi, PhD, Associate (Engineering Education, 2016)#
Maria E. Nieves-Melendez, PhD, Associate (Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2017)
Renee Pietsch, PhD, Member (Biological Science, 2016)
Gregory Purdy, PhD, Member (Industrial & Systems Engineering, 2016)#
Julio Roa, PhD, Fellow (Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2018)
Micah Roediger, PhD, Fellow (Psychology, 2018)
Christopher Savage, MA, Member (Education, 2018)
Mohammed Seyam, PhD, Fellow (Computer Science, 2017)#
Manisha Shrestha, PhD, Associate (Biological Sciences, 2017)
Anjelica Smith, MA, Associate (Communication, 2017)
Michelle Soledad, PhD, Fellow (Engineering Education, 2019)
Michael Stewart, PhD, Associate (Human-Computer Interaction, 2015)
Kaetlin Taylor, MA, Member (Philosophy, 2017)
Raven Weaver, PhD, Associate (Human Development, 2017)
Nina Wilson, PhD, Member (Plant Pathology, Physiology, & Weed Science, 2017)
Lindsay Whittaker, MS, Fellow (Philosophy, 2018)

*Founding Members

#Currently Academy Faculty Scholars