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Student Bio

Elif Miskioglu
Social Officer

Elif Miskioglu chose to pursue a degree in chemical engineering based on the suggestion of a family friend when she was in the 9th grade. Combining her love of mathematics, chemistry, and problem solving, it seemed like the perfect career. However, the allure of the biological sciences, specifically genetics, was something she could not shake. As a result, she went on to graduate from Iowa State University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in genetics. Elif was drawn to the OSU ChBE department for graduate studies by the positive and collaborative graduate student culture. She is in her second year and conducts research in bioengineering under Dr. David Wood.

Recognizing the strong influence of the teachers in her life and the value of STEM fields, Elif conducts research regarding engineering education and partakes in recruitment activities for Women in Engineering in her spare time.

Mandar Kathe
Academic Officer


Mandar V. Kathe is a second year PhD student working in The William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering. He completed his bachelors in chemical engineering from the I.C.T. (Institute of Chemical Technology formerly known as UDCT or UICT), Mumbai, India. The potential for making a positive impact through innovation and independent thinking in research made him determined to pursue graduate studies at The Ohio State University. His research interest centers along core-process engineering fundamentals, multi-phase flow and scale-up process simulation for clean fossil energy chemical looping processes under Prof. Fan.
In addition to working in lab, Mandar is an active volunteer of AID (Association for India Development) helping run food-stalls during the Fall football games. He is also an avid sports enthusiast and is always up for a game of racquetball and biking sessions along Olentangy Trail. He does like singing in Karaoke sessions and is a fierce competitor in trivia night competitions.

Daniel Knight
Recruitment Officer

Daniel Knight is a third year PhD student in the William G. Lowrie department of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Prior to post-baccalaureate studies, he graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry. When exploring the work being done in this department, the research of Professor Feinberg greatly interested him; it allows new discoveries to be made at the intersection of two exciting fields. Groundbreaking theoretical work can be proven, and biological experiments conducted to verify the results from theory. To guide the experimental work, Daniel is co-advised by Prof. Wood, an expert in bioengineering.

Believing that everyone can enrich their lives through knowledge in the STEM fields, Daniel is active in recruiting activities. He taught high school students the principles of engineering in a summer camp held at Purdue University for two years. Now at OSU, he has enjoyed working with the women in engineering program, which has several outreach events throughout the year for students of all ages.

Jenny Dorcena
Facilities Officer

Before enrolling as a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering, Jenny obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering respectively at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Now, as a third-year graduate student at Ohio State, she enjoys doing research in Biomolecular Engineering. Her work, under the guidance of Prof. Jessica Winter, focuses on the design and synthesis of fluorescent magnetic nanocomposites for clinical imaging of cancer cells.

Jenny is actively involved in recruiting minority graduate students at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) annual conventions. In addition, she enjoys outreach activities organized by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, and aiming at arising interest  for STEM fields among high school and community college students. Whenever possible she also assists Women in Engineering in their effort to introduce young girls to the engineering and science fields, via their multiple summer camps.

Elena Chung
Business Officer