Alex Knapp Accepted into ME Rising Stars Program!

Congratulations to Williams lab Ph.D. student Alex Knapp for being accepted into the highly selective ME Rising Stars Program at UC Berkeley.

The Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop supports senior graduate students and postdocs who are considering careers in academia. The purpose of the workshop is for participants to gain career skills, connect with a cohort of peers, and engage with mentors. The third Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop will be held virtually, via the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, October 2, 2020, as part of the 150 Years of Women at Berkeley celebration. The inaugural Rising Stars in ME workshop was hosted by MIT in 2018, and the second workshop was held by Stanford University in 2019.

Congratulations to Brenda Burke on Successful Thesis Defense!

Congratulations to senior BME student, Brenda Burke, on successfully defending her Undergraduate Honors thesis on The Mechanical Responses of Porcine Adipose Tissue!
Excellent Job, Brenda! All the best to you in your future career endeavors!

Dr. Williams Recognized Amongst 100 Most Inspiring Black Scientists in America

On June 19, 2020 (#Juneteenth) Dr. Williams was recognized alongside her brilliant male and female colleague scientists and engineers as 1 of 100 most inspiring black scientists in America.

Click here for the full list:
Williams Recognized as Most Inspiring Scientist

Hear Dr. Williams Discuss Mentorship and Understanding Brain Trauma

Unstoppable minds is a a podcast out of the University of Florida, looking at the challenges and triumphs that come with a life in academia and research.

In the latest episode of #unstoppableminds, Dr. Lakiesha Williams talks about her work to understand traumatic brain injury & the culture of #mentorship she created along the way.

Click here: Dr. Williams’ Podcast Interview

Congratulations Jasmine Smith on Successfully Passing Departmental Comprehensive Exam!

Jasmine’s exam was on “Altered Brain Tissue Viscoelasticity in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy measured by Magnetic Resonance Elastography” authored by C.A. Chaze, G. McIlvain, D.R. Smith, G.M. Villermaux, P.L. Delgorio, H.G. Wright, K.J. Rogers, F. Miller, J.R. Crenshaw, C.L. Johnson (2019)

Jasmine successfully passed her exam on May 14, 2020.

Congratulations to Alex Knapp on Successfully Passing Ph.D Qualifying Exam!

Congrats Alex Knapp, Williams’ lab newly minted PhD candidate as of May 4, 2020!
Alex’s committee members are Dr. Peter Ifju, Dr. Malisa Sarntinoranont, and Dr. Blanka Sharma.