6th Annual Alumni Weekend
Saturday, February 20, 2021
First and second year WISE RP students had the opportunity to interact and ask questions in small group settings to get to know WISE RP alumni. Each year current students rave about how much they have learned from the alumni and had positive experiences.
Emily Deschenes ‘13
Emily Deschenes was a community member and peer mentor in WISE RP from 2009 to 2011. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and in 2017 with a master's degree in pharmaceutical engineering. While at Michigan, she worked in a chemical engineering lab studying drug delivery to tumors. She then worked at Biogen developing processes for manufacturing gene therapy drugs. She is now a first year biomedical engineering PhD student at Yale University. In her free time, Emily enjoys the beach, cooking, and watching Michigan football!
Sabine Hutter '18
Sabine Hutter graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Information Analytics, and a Certificate in Sales and Marketing from Ross Business School. She was a student in WISE RP during the 2014-2015 school year and returned as a WISE RP mentor for the 2015-2016 school year. Sabine was integrally involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Kappa Theta Pi professional technology fraternity, and the Ross Retail Club. She pursued research in genetics, biological chemistry, and behavioral techniques to understand the nature of aging-related disease, which lead to her passion for analytics. After graduation Sabine moved to Chicago, IL and began as a technology consultant at IBM in the Early-Professional Hire Program. Over the last two years and a half years at IBM, Sabine has pivoted to work in AI and advanced analytics, specializing in AI, IoT, and predictive analytics. In her free time, Sabine enjoys watching Netflix, exercising, and trying new cuisines!
Dr. Anjuli Jain Figueroa ‘09
Dr. Anjuli Jain Figueroa holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSE from University of Michigan in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Anjuli also earned a MS in Technology and Policy from MIT to complement her training in engineering and science. In her PhD, she developed decision support tools to analyze reallocation of limited land and water to simultaneously improve water-security and increase agricultural output. Overall, Anjuli’s work has focused on water’s relationship to many sectors (e.g., agriculture, hydropower, sanitation, and disasters) both domestically and abroad.
During her undergraduate career, Anjuli was very active. She participated in WISE RP both in MOJO and during the program’s brief stint in East Quad where she was a peer mentor. Anjuli was also a resident advisor her junior year. Dr. Figueroa was part of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the multicultural hall council for East Quad and several honor societies like Epeians and Chi-Epsilon .
Dr. Figueroa recently completed a postdoc in Earth Systems Science at Stanford University where she managed a multi-disciplinary team to identify sustainable development pathways in the urban food-water-energy nexus for the city of Pune, India. This work included extensive stakeholder assessments, co-creation of knowledge, strategic thinking, modelling, and teamwork. Dr. Figueroa has worked in the private sector as an environmental consulting engineer. This included working with state and local governments, industry, and utilities to analyze water infrastructure. Dr. Figueroa will be starting a new position as Associate Director of GreenInfo Network, a California-based non-profit that focuses on geospatial data analysis and communication in the public interest. Her hobbies include visualizing data, reading books, playing guitar, painting and public speaking.
Sarah Karram '18
Sarah graduated from LSA with a bachelors of science in microbiology in 2018. While in undergrad, Sarah co-founded a student theater organization called NERDS with another WISE student her sophomore year and held positions as a board member for NERDS, the Harry Potter Alliance (a nonprofit volunteer organization), and Camp Kesem. At Camp Kesem she was a camp counselor at a summer camp for kids whose parents had cancer. She was also in the Michigan Marching Band and Michigan Basketball Band where she played tuba. Upon graduating from Michigan, Sara went on to complete a master’s degree in hospital and molecular epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and graduated in the spring of 2020. Since then, Sarah spent about three months volunteering with COVID contact tracing efforts before accepting a position with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as an epidemiologist. She works on two special studies funded by the CDC that focus on HIV in positive and high risk populations.
Jasmine LeFlore ‘15
Jasmine LeFlore was a resident in WISE-RP from 2010-2012 and held a position as the WISE Recruitment Coordinator. She is now an Advanced Design Staff project engineer at Collins Aerospace, a non-profit co-founder, and a dual-degree graduate student. One of the core ideas she attributes to her success is to “ask for forgiveness, not for permission”. She utilizes resourcefulness, strategic thinking, and motivation for continuous improvement to creatively navigate through any obstacle in her way. She is motivated to inspire and uplift girls of color into engineering and business by her unflinching tenacity to move things forward. In her day-to-day work, Jasmine works on bid-to-capture initiatives, technical proposals, and various special assignments. Throughout her 5-year engineering career, Jasmine has been recognized as an early career watch, along with receiving numerous company level and peer star awards for focusing on results, championing company culture, and diversity and inclusion. She has been an advocate for promoting girls in STEM but as a minority woman in engineering, she rarely saw girls of color as the beneficiary of STEM enrichment programming in San Diego. Jasmine understood how to better engage girls of color into STEM by pairing engineering with entrepreneurship and cultivating their self-efficacy. She then went on to co-found the non-profit, Greater Than Tech (GTT), which is dedicated to creating the next business technology leaders by teaching girls of color the intersectionality of engineering and business. Jasmine has earned her BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2015, her MSE in Interdisciplinary Engineering at Purdue University in Dec 2020 and is completing MBA at Indiana University Feb 2021. Jasmine was born and brought up in Flint, MI.
Kirthi Linnan '17
Kirthi Linnan (formerly Duraiswamy) graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Marketing/Sales (Ross Cappo Sales Track). Kirthi was a second-year WISE RP program board member and a third-year WISE RP Resident Advisor. On campus, she was involved in BLUELab Hagley Gap, Scientista and Tech Day. During her time at the University of Michigan, she developed her passion for human-centric design and found her love for technical advocacy.
Kirthi began her career in the Detroit-based Connected and Autonomous Vehicle industry, eager to advance technology in the community that raised her. To develop her professional skill set, she explored and succeeded at a variety of roles in UX design, business development, innovation management and strategic marketing. Her husband's Naval JAG career brought Kirthi to San Diego, and her continued passions in human-centric design and technical advocacy have led her to the medical device industry. Currently, she works as a product manager for NuVasive, an industry leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Outside of work, Kirthi enjoys exploring the California outdoors with her husband and mentoring foster youth through Just In Time, a San Diego-based nonprofit.