The Research Office

Wilson Hall
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2762
(248) 370-4111

PI Academy

About the Oakland University PI Academy for Research and Engagement
The PI Academy provides professional development in research and engagement to a cohort of 30 non-tenured, tenure-track faculty members from across campus. The program includes training sessions, workshops, and other activities. Academy participants are also matched with an external mentor to further develop their skill set and career network. The PI Academy offers a great opportunity for interdisciplinary connections to be made between faculty of all disciplines. This program helps attract, support, and retain productive and engaged faculty, and grows research at OU.

Directed by David Stone, Chief Research Officer,

Coordinated by Leanne DeVreugd,, (248) 370-4516.


Find out more on Twitter! @OaklandResearch #OUpiacademy

Upcoming Mentor Seminars:  

  • March 29 at noon in 372 Math and Science Center (MSC)
    • Guest: Geoffrey Beach, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • Title: Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films (More info)

  • March 29 at 5 p.m. in 172 Math and Science Center (MSC)
    • Guest: Sandra Mitchell, Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science from University of Pittsburgh
    • Title: Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence (More info)

  • Upcoming mentor visits April 2, April 5-6, and April 9-10.
PI Academy, Class of 2017-2018

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Shadi Alawneh
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2242

Mentor: Martin Burtscher, Texas State University

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Sara Arena
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
(248) 364-8682

Mentor: Richard Bohannon, University of Connecticut
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S. Ali Arefifar
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2222

Mentor: Mohammad Shahidehpour, IIT

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Mehdi Bagherzadeh
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2208

Mentor: Dan Grossman, University of Washington

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Sara Blumer-Schuette
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3168

Mentor: George O’Toole, Dartmouth College
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Daniel DelVescovo
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-4590

Mentor: James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Caitlin Demsky
Assistant Professor
Management (Business)
(248) 370-2122

Mentor: Sandy Hershcovis, University of Calgary

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Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Assistant Professor
Cinema Studies
(248) 370-2960

Mentor: Miranda Banks, Emerson College
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Joyce Havstad
Assistant Professor
Philosophy of Science
(248) 370-3391

Mentor: Sandra Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh
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Wendi Johnson
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice
(248) 370-4512

Mentor: Bruce Taylor, NORC
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Daniel Llamocca
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-4042

Mentor: Ali Akoglu, University of Arizona

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Wing-Yue Geoffrey Louie
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2860

Mentor: Brian Scassellati, Yale University

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Jonathan Maisonneuve
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2657

Mentor: Bruce Logan, Penn State University
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Khalid Mahmood Malik
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
(248) 370-3542

Mentor: Amit Sheth, Wright State University
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Matthew McLarnon
Assistant Professor
(248) 370-2343
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Nasim Nezamoddini
Assistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
(248) 370-2989

Mentor: Ronald Askin, Arizona State University
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Maria Paino
Assistant Professor
(248) 370-4510

Mentor: Hannah Knudsen, University of Kentucky
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Julia Paul
Assistant Professor
(248) 364-8796

Mentor: Barbara Pieper, Wayne State University
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Melissa Reznar
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
(248) 364-8668

Mentor: Joel Gittelsohn, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Roberto Rinaldi
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Sciences (Medicine)
(248) 370-3679

Mentor: Seth Schwartz, University of Miami
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Victoria Roach
Assistant Professor
Anatomy (Medicine)
(248) 370-3664

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Kwame Sakyi
Assistant Professor
Public Health
(248) 364-8846

Mentor: Patrick Corrigan, IIT

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Mi Hye Song
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3569

Mentor: Bob Goldstein, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Laurel Dolin Stevenson
Assistant Professor
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
(248) 364-8665
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Luis Villa Diaz
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-2576

Mentor: Kenneth Yamada, NIH
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Tomoko Wakabayashi
Associate Professor
Human Development and Child Studies
(248) 370-3078

Mentor: Catherine Snow, Harvard University
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Colin Wu
Assistant Professor
(248) 370-2349

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Ziming Yang
Assistant Professor
(248) 370-2339

Mentor: Roger Summons, MIT

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Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor
(248) 370-3648

Mentor: Geoffrey Beach, MIT
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Peng Zhao
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2214

Mentor: Andre Boehman, University of Michigan
PI Academy Mentors, 2018
Upcoming Mentor Visits
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Geoffrey Beach
Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar: Thursday March 29 at noon in 372 Math and Science Center (MSC)
  • Title: "Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films"
  • More info 
Mentor for Wei Zhang
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Sandra Mitchell

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburgh

March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar: Thursday March 29 at 5 p.m. in 172 Math and Science Center (MSC)
  • Title: "Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence"
  • More info
Mentor for Joyce Havstad
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Barbara Pieper
Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


Wayne State University


April 2, 2018

  • Seminar: Monday April 2 at 2 p.m. in 2045 Human Health Building (HHB)
  • Title: "Persons Who Inject Drugs: Chronic Venous Insufficiency"
Mentor for Julia Paul
Roger Summons

Roger Summons
Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


April 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Ziming Yang
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Ali Akoglu
Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

University of Arizona


April 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Daniel Llamocca
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James Szybist
Senior Research Staff

Oak Ridge National Lab


April 5 and 6, 2018Mentor for Daniel DelVescovo
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Sandy Hershcovis
Associate Professor, Area Chair

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

University of Calgary


April 9 and 10, 2018Mentor for Caitlin Desmky
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Hannah Knudsen
Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

University of Kentucky


April 9 and 10, 2018Mentor for Maria Paino
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Martin Burtscher

Department of Computer Science

Texas State University


April 11 and 12, 2018Mentor for Shadi Alawneh
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Seth Schwartz

Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Prevention Science and Community Health

University of Miami Health System


April 19 and 20, 2018Mentor for Roberto Rinaldi
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Richard Bohannon

Physical Therapy Program of Department of Kinesiology; Department of Medicine of School of Medicine

University of Connecticut


May 17 and 18, 2018Mentor for Sara Arena
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Catherine Snow
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education


May 21 and 22, 2018Mentor for Tomoko Wakabayashi
Brian Scasselleti

Brian Scassellati
Professor, Director - NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robots

Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering 

Yale University


June 13 and 14, 2018Mentor for Geoff Louie

Pending Mentor Visits
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Andre Boehman

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan


Visit Dates PendingMentor for Peng Zhao
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George O’Toole

Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Biological Sciences



Visit Dates PendingMentor for Sara Blumer-Schuette
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Kenneth Yamada
NIH Distinguished Investigator, Chief of Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology, Head of Cell Biology Section

National Institute of Dental and Crainofacial Research (NIDCR, part of NIH)


Visit Dates PendingMentor for Luis Villa Diaz
Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman
Professor and Allen School Deputy Director

Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Washington


Visit Dates PendingMentor for Mehdi Bagherzadeh
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Amit Sheth
Professor, Engineering Kno.e.sis Center Director

Computer Science Department

Wright State University


Visit Dates PendingMentor for Khalid Mahmood Malik
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Patrick Corrigan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Lewis College of Human Sciences

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


Visit Dates PendingMentor for Kwame Sakyi

Past Mentor Visits
Headshot of Bob GoldsteinBob Goldstein
James L. Peacock III Distinguished Professor

Biology Department

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill


January 8 and 9, 2018

Seminar title: “Water bears: deciphering how animal forms evolve and how life can survive extremes"
Mentor for Mi Hye Song
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Bruce Taylor
Senior Research Fellow 



January 29 and 30, 2018

Seminar title:  “Exploring the victim-offender overlap among young adult couples: Are many perpetrators of interpersonal abuse also victims and vice versa?”

Mentor for Wendi Johnson
Headshot of Bruce LoganBruce Logan

Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Penn State University


February 1 and 2, 2018

Seminar title: “Converting salinity gradient or waste heat energy into electricity”

Mentor for Jonathan Maisonneuve
Headshot of Mohammad ShahidehpourMohammad Shahidehpour
Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)


February 26 and 27, 2018

Seminar title: "Networked Microgrids for Enhancing the Resilience, Reliability, Security and Economics of the Electricity Infrastructure in Smart Cities"

Mentor for S. Ali Arefifar
Headshot of Ronald AskinRonald Askin

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Arizona State University


March 5 and 6, 2018

Seminar title: "Integrated Capacity Planning and Production Scheduling for Assembly and Test Facilities"

Mentor for Nasim Nezamoddini
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International Health Department; Health Behavior and Society Department

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


March 14 and 15, 2018

Seminar title: "Improving the Low-Income Urban Food Environment: Experiences of the Healthy Stores Studies:

Mentor for Melissa Reznar
Headshot of Miranda BanksMiranda Banks
Associate Professor

Department of Visual and Media Arts

Emerson College


March 19 and 20, 2018

  • Seminar title: "The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters & Their Guild"
Mentor for Courtney Brannon Donoghue