Leaders for the Future

Bridget Clark

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Bridget Clark is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. Her research focuses on innovation, economic sociology and sustainable energy transitions. Her dissertation uses a comparative case study of controversial energy transport infrastructure projects in the U.S. to understand the shifting public discourses around energy, how various stakeholders evaluate the of risk and benefits of such projects and articulate their ideal energy future, and how differing regulatory and institutional contexts mediate these disputes and shape infrastructure investment decisions.

Aveek Das

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumnus
Sixth-year Ph.D. candidate Aveek Das' research deals with data analytics, wireless networks and cyber-physical systems. In particular, his thesis focuses on how context-aware mining of wireless network data, in conjunction with information from sensor networks, electrical systems and users' devices, can help build intelligent systems for smart buildings and infrastructure.

Rylie Ellison

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Rylie Ellison is a Ph.D. student in the Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group. She works closely with industry professionals in her research, where she is developing a manure converter to turn dairy waste into a better fertilizer and reduce the environmental impacts of dairy manure management. She is also interested in science communication and environmental policy and hopes to pursue a career in state government after graduation.

Elizabeth Flores

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Elizabeth Flores is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on issues of access, equity and completion in higher education, specifically for underserved students enrolled in community colleges. Flores holds a B.A. in rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an A.A. in business administration from Cerritos College.

Silvia Keppler

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Silvia Keppler received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham (UK). Over the last 12 years, she visited academia and industry around the world to gain experience in process and food engineering. Keppler is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis, investigating the human digestion process from an engineering point of view.

Shanaya Shah

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Shanaya Shah is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the biochemistry, molecular, cellular and developmental biology program. Her work focuses on DNA repair mechanisms that prevent genomic instability and cancer. Shah uses third-generation sequencing technology, genetics and biochemistry to reveal novel factors affecting genome integrity. Her work has implications for cancer therapy and improvement of CRISPR technology.

Alireza Tafazzol

  • Leaders for the Future Fellow | Alumna
Alireza Tafazzol is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the UC Davis Genome Center. In his current research, he uses computational techniques and quantum chemistry equations to design novel therapeutic drugs for various diseases such as cancer. He designs potent drugs to activate patients’ immune cells to fight back cancerous cells.