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2020-2021 Leadership


Kaiwen Guo - kaiwguo @

Kaiwen is a fifth year PhD student in ECE and is a member of Prof. Mohammed Islam's research group.

Vice President

Andre Antoine - aantoine @

Andre is an Applied Physics PhD student, under the supervision of Professor Alexander Thomas. He is studying different injection mechanisms for laser driven plasma acceleration of electrons. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, He holds degrees from Kent State University and University of Michigan. He enjoys comedy, culinary arts, basketball, and storytelling.


Greg Smail - smail @

Greg Smail is a third year PhD student in Applied Physics. He received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Greg works with Prof. Stephen Rand studying nonlinear magneto-electric interactions between light and matter. In his spare time, Greg enjoys baking and gardening


Yifan Shen - yifshen @

Yifan is a second-year PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Advised by Dr. Theodore Norris, his research interest focus on the Far-infrared spectroscopy of both organic and solid-state material. He received his B.S in Physics from Nanjing University and M.S in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Industry Chair

Grace Kerber - gkerber @

Grace is a fourth-year physics PhD Student working in the group of Dr. Steven Cundiff. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, she studied Physics and Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. In her spare time, Grace likes to go camping/hiking, playing music, and hanging out with her guinea pigs.

Academic Chair

Hao Huang - haohg @

Hao Huang is a PhD candidate in the Applied Physics Program advised by Dr. Igor Jovanovic. He is currently working on the development of ultrashort Long-wave Infrared lasers. When not tweaking optics in lab, he enjoys coding, watching movies, skiing and traveling.

OUTreach Chair

Lauren Cooper - lacoop @

Lauren is a second year PhD student in Dr. Almantas Galvanauskas’s group. Her research focuses on (no pun intended!) few-cycle ultrafast fiber laser systems, with applications to high harmonic experimentation and other exciting new research frontiers. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University, and is originally from Louisville, KY. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running, reading, and is a burgeoning skateboarder.

Social Chair

Rebecca Lentz - remlentz @

Rebecca is 2nd year PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Before attending the University of Michigan, she received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Her research focuses in infrared detectors for environment sensing, advised by Dr. Jamie Phillips. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, painting, cooking, and hanging out with friends.

Public Relations Chair

Laura Andre - lbandre @

Laura Andre is a PhD candidate and Rackham Merit Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She received her undergraduate degree in Physics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and was born and raised in Washington, DC. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Rand, her current research is focused on laser cooling of solids. At U-of-M, she is also involved in graduate student recruiting and is a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee as well as the ECE Graduate Student Council. Outside of academics, Laura enjoys backpacking, sailing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and photography.