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2021-2022 GSC Board

Laura Andre

Laura Andre

Laura Andre is a PhD candidate and Rackham Merit Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and was born and raised in Washington, DC. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Rand, her current research is focused on laser cooling of solids. In addition to the ECE GSC, she is also involved in graduate student recruiting and is an officer in the Optics Society at the University of Michigan. Outside of academics, Laura enjoys backpacking, sailing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and photography.   

Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

\Lauren Cooper entered the PhD program in Fall of 2019, and she works with Dr. Almantas Galvanauskas on ultrafast fiber laser systems. Lauren is also an ECE ambassador, and a member of Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE), Optics Society at University of Michigan (OSUM), Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), and Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA). In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, learning guitar, and, last but certainly not least, spreading school spirit! Go Blue!

Geoff Fortman

Geoff Fortman began as a PhD student in ECE in the Fall of 2020, and specializes in SIPML. He joined GSC in 2021 in order to co-lead the BuddEEs program. Geoff received his undergraduate degree in 2017 in mathematics from Canisius College. In addition to academics, Geoff loves playing sports, hiking, camping and traveling.

Adrienne Füredi

Adrienne Füredi started the PhD program in Fall 2020, and she works with Dr. Yogesh Gianchandani in MEMS and Microsystems. She received her undergraduate degree from Budapest University of Technology in 2017 and worked as a Research Assistant in a BioMEMS group in Hungary prior to joining Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys watching shows, hiking, playing sports, and spending time with her puppy, Planck.

Demba Komma

Demba Komma

Demba Komma started the PhD program in Fall 2019, and joined the GSC board to co-lead the buddEEs program. He received his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2016, and worked as a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company prior to joining Michigan. In his free time he enjoys watching sitcoms, general outdoor activities, and  respectful political/philosophical conversations.

Nathan Louis

Nathan Louis

Nathan Louis is a PhD candidate in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. He completed his B.S in Electrical Engineering at Kennesaw State University before coming to Michigan. His research focus is in Computer Vision, particularly object tracking, video object detection, and video understanding. Nathan is also a part of the Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists (GSBES). In his spare time he enjoys weight lifting, running, and outdoor activities with friends. 

Kwesi Rutledge

Kwesi Rutledge

Kwesi Rutledge is a PhD Candidate working with Professor Necmiye Ozay in the area of Correct-By-Construction Control. He received a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California San Diego prior to starting his PhD program. He is also a member of the Graduate Society of Black Engineers and Scientists as well as the Michigan – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program planning committee. In his free time, he loves to run (sprints), bike, and read.