Joe Mirabelli is a doctoral student in the CSTL division of the Educational Psychology department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Master's degree in Physics from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in from Engineering Physics at UIUC. Previously, he researched computational particle physics and worked in the space of physics education. As a result of his experiences as a physics graduate researcher, Joe became interested in the culture of STEM programs. His current areas of research include academic mentorship, engineering culture, and graduate student wellness and retention. He works as a graduate research assistant in the Cromley lab and also in collaboration with Bioengineering's Jensen lab. Joe hopes to influence the development of proactive policies which deconstruct toxic academic culture, promote student wellness, and boost retention in STEM pipelines.
Annie Hart is currently a senior in bioengineering with a minor in German. She joined the Cromley lab in the fall of 2021 and is very excited to gain further research experience studying the stressors of doctoral students in engineering. On campus, she is a Student Leader at Carle Hospital and a member of the Illini Medical Screening Society. After graduation, Annie hopes to continue her education by attending medical school.
Dale Robbennolt is a senior in civil engineering and sociology. He joined the group in the fall of 2021 to gain more experience in social research methods and is very interested in learning more about engineering education and stressors for graduate students. His other research interests include emerging technologies in public transportation and contextual factors in engineering. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in transportation engineering.
Karin Jensen is a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include student mental health and wellness, engineering student career pathways, and engagement of engineering faculty in engineering education research. Before joining UIUC she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Sanofi Oncology in Cambridge, MA. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.