Graduate Research Assistants
Naqsh-e-Mansoor earned her B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. She joined the MS program at Boise State University as a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan. Her earlier research has been in the field of green nano-technology, about developing economical biodegradable polymers. She is an ardent advocate of environmental empathy. Her current project is about 2-dimensional nano-materials and their applications in environmental sensors. She also has deep rooted love for dogs, reading, bollywood music and all things food.
Florent Muramutsa earned his B.Eng. with Honours in Metallurgy Engineering from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, where he gained significant research experience while working on his bachelor’s thesis ‘Effect of Niobium Addition on the Reproducibility of Mechanical Properties in A356/2L99 Alloys’. He is joining the Boise State University Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Program where his project involves developing 2-dimensional nanomaterial inks and additive manufacturing of electronic devices.
Nicholas McKibben earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Northwest Nazarene University in 2015. He spent one and a half years working as a research assistant in the field of organometallic chemistry at Texas Tech University, where his primary focus was new molecule synthesis for hydrogen cleavage and the reduction reaction. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. His current research focus is the synthesis and development of nanomaterials for additive manufacturing methods.
Lynn Karriem earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Boise State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering. Her research focus is in the area of graphene bioscaffolds for regenerative medicine as part of NSF CAREER Award #188516. She is a previous recipient of the NIH INBRE Summer Fellowship.
Cadré Francis earned his B.S. in Biomolecular Sciences where his research was in the field of polymers and his M.S. in Environmental and Chemical Sciences with his thesis work focused on the Morphological and Ontogenetic Color Change in the American Alligator. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University where his current project involves the synthesis of 2-D nanomaterials for catalytic and sensing applications. He recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship.
Katelyn Wada earned her B.S. in Physics from Boise State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering. Her research focus is in the area of temperature and thermal conductivity measurements for extreme environments. She is a recipient of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy’s Integrated University Program (NEUP) graduate research fellowship.
Mone’t Alberts earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Boise State University in 2020. Alberts is the communications officer for the National Society of Black Engineers, Boise State Chapter, as well as a recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. Alberts is pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a research focus in the area of graphene bioscaffolds in support of NSF CAREER Award 188516, and is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in the field of STEM.
Ariel Weltner earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Physics from Boise State University in 2020. Ariel’s previous research focused on the epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanostructures with applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Currently, Ariel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University with a research focus in printed electronics and 2D nanomaterials. Ariel is an active volunteer and advocate for STEM outreach to underrepresented groups, and enjoys working with local junior high and high school students to encourage diversity within STEM fields.
Fereshteh Rajabi Kouchi earned her B.S. in Pure Chemistry from Zanjan National University, Iran in 2010 and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Tehran University, Iran in 2015, where her research focused on synthesis of phosphine ligands by Grignard reaction and using their metallic complexes as catalyst in Hydroformylation reaction. She worked as a laboratory quality control manager in zinc ingot Production Company after graduating from bachelor’s degree. Fereshteh is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Her current research focus includes developing optoelectronic material inks for plasma jet printing of optoelectronic devices.
Sarah Seva has completed her master’s in Physics from UMass Dartmouth and in Theoretical Physics from the University of Dhaka with her research emphasis in gravitational wave and particle physics after her bachelor in Physics from the University of Dhaka. For her graduate studies in the ECE department at BSU, Sarah is working on the effect of different print modalities on 2D electronic and optoelectronic properties. Sarah enjoys photography, biking and outdoor activities, reading a good book and listening to fine music besides her research activities.
Fataneh Jenabi is currently pursuing a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University. Her research at Boise State focuses on using inkjet printing and synthesis of 2D materials (MOS2 and Graphene) for printed and flexible electronics. She has over 14 years of industry experience in engineering, having previously worked at a major petrochemical company.