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2006 NanoJapan IREU Participants

Aydin Akyurtlu

Graduate Student, Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University

Aydin graduated from Virgina Tech in May of 2008 and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Cornell University.
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Tyler Barth

Current Position: iOS Developer, Taiwan
M.S., Computer Science, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, 2010
B.S., Computer Science, Rice University, 2008

Further International Experiences: Tyler received the Institute of International Education's Freeman-Asia Scholarship for the Summer of 2007 to study Mandarin language in Taiwan. He was also awarded a KAUST Fellowship to pursue his graduate studies in Saudi Arabia. Tyler is currently living and working in Taiwan.

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Christopher Corbet

Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, In Progress
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2008

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Jennifer Gillenwater

Ph.D., Computer & Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, Expected 2014
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2008

Other International Experience: Jennifer studied abroad at the Hong Kong Institute of Science and Technology during the spring of 2007 through the Rice University Exchange Program.

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Amneet Gulati

Current Position: R&D Scienstist, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Ph.D., Biological Engineering with Minor in Management Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
B.S., Chemistry & Biophysics, Rice University, 2007

Other International Experience: From September 2012 - February 2013, Amneet worked as a Strategy Consultant for TeleSkin d.o.o. in Belgrade, Serbia where she led a team of 4 student consultants to execute a business strategy project through the Action Learning program at MIT Sloan with a mobile health and medical imaging device start-up in an emerging market. The team developed a sustainable revenue model and go-to-market strategy for the mobile app; performed competitor analysis in the mobile health market. They also delivered a customer-facing pitch for a platform solution for skin analysis, as well framed the value proposition for potential investors and public health forums.

Other Undergraduate Research Experience: Amneet worked as an Undergradute Researcher at Rice University from January 2005 - December 2007.

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Jason Holden

Current Position: Electrical Engineering Consultant at Stuff Creators Design Studio
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2009

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Dvir Kafri

Ph.D., Quantum Information Science, University of Maryland, In Progress
B.S., Computational Physics, B.A., Mathematics, Rice University, 2009

Awards & Accomplishments: 2009 Joint Quantum Institute Graduate Assistantship

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Yu-Heng (Jaret) Lee

Current Position: GM at planarTECH & Technical Sales Manager at Graphene Platform
Ph.D, Electronic Materials Engineering, Australian National University, 2013
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2010
B.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2008

Jaret with Professor"NanoJapan is truly special. Who would have thought that I would be working in the area of nano-carbon years ago? Recently, I joined a graphene (2-D carbon) company, Graphene Platform, co-founded by Patrick Frantz, who for years has been a local liaison for the the NanoJapan program. The program has not only helped me develop strong interest in nanotechnology but also connect with key individuals in the field. Last week, at the 2013 Research Progress on Graphene Research (RPGR 2013) I met up with my mentor Dr. Kazu Suenaga from AIST, Tsukuba, Japan. I've attached a photo of us taken at the conference." ~ Jaret Lee, September 2013

Awards & Accomplishments:
2012 Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2012 Australian Solar Institute PhD Scholarship, and 2011 Australian Post-graduate Award

Further International Experience:
Jaret's further international experience includes a summer research internship in Japan with Elinox through the NanoJapan Alumni Program and a summer reseach internship with Saudi Aramaco through the KAUST Fellowship Program.

Other International Professional Internships: In the Summer of 2007 Jaret conducted an internship with the Photonics Integration Group at NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation) in Tokyo, Japan. In the Summer of 2008 he worked as an Enhanced Oil Recovery Intern for Saudi Aramco in Dharan, Saudi Arabia and in the Summer of 2010 he worked as a Process Development intern for STS Elionix in Tokyo, Japan.

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Christine Moran

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
B.S., Bioengineering, Rice University, 2009

Other Research Experience: Undergraduate Resaercher, MD Anderson Cancer Center, August 2007 - May 2009; Undergraduate Researcher, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, January 2006 - August 2007

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Scott Steger - NanoJapan 2006

Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, California Institute of Technolog, In Progress
B.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2008

Awards and Accomplishments: 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

" I have the NanoJapan program to thank for introducing me to the international research community and strengthening my application for graduate school and the NSF Fellowship" ~ Scott Steger

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Ryan VanGundy

Freelance Technical Engineer
B.S., Chemical Engineering & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2008

Ryan graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2008 and began his professional career as an engineer. He is currently working as a frelance technical consultant and has recently begun to expand into entrepreneurial activity.

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Tianhe Yang

Current Position: Design Associate at EdgeCast
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 2008

"Being a NanoJapan alumnus means becoming someone who is sensitive and adaptable to different cultures in a professional or academic environment. Which is a pretty useful skill to have in today's multicultural economy, in almost every industry."

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Tiffany Yeh

Current Position: Resident Physician at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital
Medical Residency, Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics

M.D., Global Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2013
B.A., Cognitive Neuroscience, Rice University 2009

Other Research Experience: Undergraduate Researcher, Mikos Research Group, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, January 2006 - May 2007.

Other International Experience: Tiffany also studied abroad during the spring 2007 semester at the Universidad de San Francisco en Quito in Ecuador and during the summer of 2008 she conducted an internship in Terrier Rouge, Haiti and Antigua, Guatemala, implementing a health/science education curriculum for primary school students as a participant in Rice University's Beyond Traditional Borders Program.

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