Brandon Patterson is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research seeks to understand the ways that ultrasound waves interact with human tissues so that new diagnostic and therapeutic medical techniques may be safely pioneered. In addition to research, Brandon engages extensively in public science outreach. He has developed and taught engineering courses and projects for K-12 students. He also serves as a coordinator with the University of Michigan’s RELATE program, where he trains STEM researchers to effectively communicate their work with the general public. Brandon is passionate about STEM communication and education is thrilled about writing a children’s book to reach out to the younger generation to share science with them in a fun and exciting way.
Marc Henry de Frahan
Marc Henry de Frahan is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His work focuses on using supercomputers to understand fluid and wave interactions in phenomena ranging from stars exploding, combustion processes, cancer treatments, and climate change. With experience that includes publishing popular science articles online, engineering education outreach with primary and high schools, and technical presentations at national conferences, Marc is excited about engaging with a broad audience to share his passion for science. Marc delights in seeing that light go on in people's heads, that sudden understanding that leads to a thirst for more.
Erika Lazar is a recent University of Michigan graduate, where through her studies, she was able to combine her love for literature and the arts. She received a B.F.A. in Art and Design from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and a B.A. in English Literature and the History of Art from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. She is passionate about working with children and the arts having participated in both the Michigan Mentorship Program and Detroit Connections Program with Bennett Elementary. More recently one of her paintings was shown in the Michigan House of Representatives as a part of ‘Art in the House’.