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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.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Extended deadline to June 15. Deans/chairs/directors should nominate faculty for PI Academy. If you are a faculty member and interested in PI Academy, talk with your dean/chair/director about being nominated.

Activities will start in late August. Email questions to piacademy@oakland.edu or call Leanne at (248) 370-4516.

Directed by David Stone, Chief Research Officer, dstone@oakland.edu.

Coordinated by Leanne DeVreugd, ldevreug@oakland.edu, (248) 370-4516.

Find out more on Twitter! @OaklandResearch #OUpiacademy

Upcoming Mentor Seminars:  

  • June 14 at 10 a.m. in 281 Engineering Center
    • Guest mentor: Brian Scasellati - Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering, Yale University 
    • Title: "Building Robots that Teach" (more info)
  • Additional mentors are visiting throughout the summer.
PI Academy, Class of 2017-2018

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Shadi Alawneh
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2242
shadialawneh@oakland.edu

Mentor: Martin Burtscher, Texas State University

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Sara Arena
Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy
(248) 364-8682
arena@oakland.edu

Mentor: Richard Bohannon, Campbell University and Physical Therapy Consultants
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S. Ali Arefifar
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2222
arefifar@oakland.edu

Mentor: Mohammad Shahidehpour, IIT

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Mehdi Bagherzadeh
Assistant Professor
Computer Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2208
mbagherzadeh@oakland.edu

Mentor: Dan Grossman, University of Washington

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Sara Blumer-Schuette
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3168
blumerschuette@oakland.edu

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

Mentor: James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Lab

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Caitlin Demsky
Assistant Professor
Management (Business)
(248) 370-2122
cademsky@oakland.edu

Mentor: Sandy Hershcovis, University of Calgary (Alberta)

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Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Assistant Professor
Cinema Studies
(248) 370-2960
donoghue@oakland.edu

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

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

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

Mentor: Ali Akoglu, University of Arizona

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Wing-Yue Geoffrey Louie
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
(248) 370-2860
louie@oakland.edu

Mentor: Brian Scassellati, Yale University

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Jonathan Maisonneuve
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2657
maisonneuve@oakland.edu

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

Mentor: Amit Sheth, Wright State University

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Matthew McLarnon
Assistant Professor
Psychology
(248) 370-2343
mclarnon@oakland.edu

Mentor: Alexandre Morin, Concordia University (Quebec)

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Nasim Nezamoddini
Assistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
(248) 370-2989
nezamoddini@oakland.edu

Mentor: Ronald Askin, Arizona State University
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Maria Paino
Assistant Professor
Sociology
(248) 370-4510
paino@oakland.edu

Mentor: Hannah Knudsen, University of Kentucky
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Julia Paul
Assistant Professor
Nursing
(248) 364-8796
jcpaul@oakland.edu

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

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

Mentor: Seth Schwartz, University of Miami

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Victoria Roach
Assistant Professor
Anatomy (Medicine)
(248) 370-3664
victoriaroach@oakland.edu

Mentor: Dimitrios Stefanidis, Indiana University School of Medicine

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Kwame Sakyi
Assistant Professor
Public Health
(248) 364-8846
ksakyi@oakland.edu

Mentor: Patrick Corrigan, IIT

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Mi Hye Song
Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences
(248) 370-3569
msong2@oakland.edu

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

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

Mentor: Catherine Snow, Harvard University

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Colin Wu
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
(248) 370-2349
colinwu@oakland.edu

Mentor: Loren Wold, Ohio State University

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Ziming Yang
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
(248) 370-2339
zimingyang@oakland.edu

Mentor: Roger Summons, MIT

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Wei Zhang
Assistant Professor
Physics
(248) 370-3648
weizhang@oakland.edu

Mentor: Geoffrey Beach, MIT
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Peng Zhao
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
(248) 370-2214
pengzhao@oakland.edu

Mentor: André Boehman, University of Michigan
PI Academy Mentors, 2018
Upcoming Mentor Visits
Brian Scasselleti

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

Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering 

Yale University

Website

June 13 and 14, 2018

  • Seminar: Thursday June 14 at 10 a.m. in 281 Engineering Center
  • Title: "Building Robots that Teach"
  • More info
Mentor for Geoff Louie
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Loren Wold
Associate Professor

Physiology and Cell Biology, Director of Biomedical Research (College of Nursing)

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Website

July 22 to 24, 2018Mentor for Colin Wu
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Dimitrios Stefanidis
Professor

Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, and Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Surgery

Indiana University School of Medicine

Website

July 31, 2018Mentor for Victoria Roach

Pending Mentor Visits
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George O’Toole
Professor

Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Biological Sciences

Dartmouth

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Sara Blumer-Schuette
Dan Grossman

Dan Grossman
Professor and Allen School Deputy Director

Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering

University of Washington

Website

Visit Dates PendingMentor for Mehdi Bagherzadeh

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

Biology Department

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Website

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 

NORC

Website

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
Professor

Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Penn State University

Website

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)

Website

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
Professor

School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

Arizona State University

Website

March 5 and 6, 2018

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

Mentor for Nasim Nezamoddini
Headshot of Joel GittelsohnJoel Gittelsohn
Professor

International Health Department; Health Behavior and Society Department

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Website

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

Website

March 19 and 20, 2018

  • Seminar title: "The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters & Their Guild"
Mentor for Courtney Brannon Donoghue
Headshot of Geoffrey BeachGeoffrey Beach
Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films"
Mentor for Wei Zhang
Headshot of Sandra MitchellSandra Mitchell
Professor

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

University of Pittsburgh

Website

March 29 and 30, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence"
Mentor for Joyce Havstad
Headshot of Barbara PieperBarbara Pieper
Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Nursing

Wayne State University

Website

April 2, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Persons Who Inject Drugs: Chronic Venous Insufficiency"
Mentor for Julia Paul
Headshot of Ali AkogluAli Akoglu
Associate Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

University of Arizona

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Heterogeneous Computing for Signal Processing"
Mentor for Daniel Llamocca
Roger Summons

Roger Summons
Schlumberger Professor of Geobiology

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

  • Seminar title: "The Great Oxidation Event and Its Biological Impacts: Insights from Geochemistry, Phylogenomics, and Molecular Clocks"
Mentor for Ziming Yang
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James Szybist
Senior Research Staff

Oak Ridge National Lab

Website

April 5 and 6, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Pressure-Temperature Domain Analysis for Insight into Autoignition Events in SI Engines"
Mentor for Daniel DelVescovo
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Hannah Knudsen
Associate Professor

Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine

University of Kentucky

Website

April 9 and 10, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Unequal Treatment? Buprenorphine, Health Reform, and the Opioid Epidemic"
Mentor for Maria Paino
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Martin Burtscher
Professor 

Department of Computer Science

Texas State University

Website

April 11 and 12, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences"
Mentor for Shadi Alawneh
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André Boehman
Professor

Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

Website

May 2, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Recent Studies on Fuel Autoignition"
Mentor for Peng Zhao
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Patrick Corrigan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Lewis College of Human Sciences

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Website

May 1 to 3, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?"
Mentor for Kwame Sakyi
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Amit Sheth
Professor, Engineering Kno.e.sis Center Director

Computer Science Department

Wright State University

Website

May 7, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Augmented Personalized Health: Using AI Techniques on Semantically Integrated Multimodal Data for Patient Empowered Health Management Strategies"
Mentor for Khalid Mahmood Malik
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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)

Website

Luis visited Ken in May 2018.

Mentor for Luis Villa Diaz
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Richard Bohannon
Professor

Physical Therapy, College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Campbell University

Principal of Physical Therapy Consultants

Website

May 17 and 18, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years"
Mentor for Sara Arena
Headshot of Catherine SnowCatherine Snow
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Website

May 21 and 22, 2018

  • Seminar title: "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years"
Mentor for Tomoko Wakabayashi
Headshot of Sandy HershcovisSandy Hershcovis
Associate Professor, Area Chair

Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources

University of Calgary

Website

June 4 and 5, 2018

  • Seminar: "When Fellow Customers Behave Badly: Witness Reactions to Server Mistreatment"
Mentor for Caitlin Demsky
PI Academy Mentor Seminars, 2018

Upcoming Seminars

  • June 14 at 10 a.m. in 281 Engineering Center
    • Guest mentor: Brian Scasellati - Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering, Yale University 
    • Title: "Building Robots that Teach" (more info)

Past Seminars

  • January 9, "Water bears: deciphering how animal forms evolve and how life can survive extremes" - Mentor, Bob Goldstein (UNC - Chapel Hill)
  • January 29, “Exploring the victim-offender overlap among young adult couples: Are many perpetrators of interpersonal abuse also victims and vice versa?” - Mentor: Bruce Taylor (NORC)
  • February 2, “Converting salinity gradient or waste heat energy into electricity” - Mentor: Bruce Logan (Penn State)
  • February 27, "Networked Microgrids for Enhancing the Resilience, Reliability, Security and Economics of the Electricity Infrastructure in Smart Cities" - Mentor: Mohammad Shahidehpour (IIT)
  • March 5, "Integrated Capacity Planning and Production Scheduling for Assembly and Test Facilities" - Mentor: Ron Askin (Arizona State)
  • March 14, "Improving the Low-Income Urban Food Environment: Experiences of the Healthy Stores Studies" - Mentor: Joel Gittelsohn (Johns Hopkins)
  • March 19, "The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters & Their Guild" - Mentor: Miranda Banks (Emerson)
  • March 29, "Room Temperature Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Transition Metal Films" - Mentor: Geoffrey Beach (MIT)
  • March 29, "Perspectivism: Learning from Model Divergence" - Mentor: Sandra Mitchell (Pittsburgh)
  • April 2, "Persons Who Inject Drugs: Chronic Venous Insufficiency" - Mentor: Barbara Pieper (Wayne State University)
  • April 5, "Heterogeneous Computing for Signal Processing" - Mentor: Ali Akoglu (Arizona State University)
  • April 5, "The Great Oxidation Event and Its Biological Impacts: Insights from Geochemistry, Phylogenomics, and Molecular Clocks" - Mentor: Roger Summons (MIT)
  • April 6, "Pressure-Temperature Domain Analysis for Insight into Autoignition Events in SI Engines" - Mentor: James Szybist, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • April 9, "Unequal Treatment? Buprenorphine, Health Reform, and the Opioid Epidemic" - Mentor: Hannah Knudsen (University of Kentucky)
  • April 12, "Automatic Hierarchical Parallelization of Linear Recurrences" - Mentor: Martin Burtscher (Texas State University)
  • May 2, "Recent Studies on Fuel Autoignition" - Mentor: André Boehman (University of Michigan)
  • May 2, "Beating the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird?" - Mentor: Pat Corrigan (IIT)
  • May 7, "Augmented Personalized Health: Using AI Techniques on Semantically Integrated Multimodal Data for Patient Empowered Health Management Strategies" - Mentor: Amit Sheth (Wright State University)
  • May 18, "Analysis of Pelvifemoral Rhythm: A Research Agenda Spanning 40 Years" - Mentor: Richard Bohannon (Campbell University)
  • May 21, "Promoting Language for Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Classrooms" - Mentor: Catherine Snow (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • June 4: "When Fellow Customers Behave Badly: Witness Reactions to Server Mistreatment" - Mentor: Sandy Hershcovis (University of Calgary)