Inaugural Cohort of IHE-LeaD Announced
August 19, 2022

We are pleased to announce that 11 graduate students from across Georgia Tech have been selected as the inaugural fellows of the Interdisciplinary Health and Environment Leadership Development (IHE-LeaD) program. Fellows span the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and include:

  • Michael Biehler, Ph.D. Candidate, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Stephanie Bilodeau, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Biological Sciences
  • Victor Brandao, Ph.D. Student, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Sonja Brankovic, Ph.D. Candidate, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Nidhi Desai, Ph.D. Student, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Emtiaz Hossain Hritan, Ph.D. Student, School of Economics
  • Adam Krueger, Ph.D. Student, School of Physics
  • Alessandra Luna, Ph.D. Student, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Aaron Pfennig, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Biological Sciences
  • Jelly Vanderwoude, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Biological Sciences
  • Elise Li Zheng, Ph.D. Candidate, School of History and Sociology


At the IHE-LeaD launch meeting on August 18, the inaugural cohort of IHE-LeaD, as well as four faculty advisors of the program, met to discuss the program, their research, and the year ahead. Learn more about our fellows here.

Back row from left to right: Audra Davidson, Victor Brandao, Michael Biehler, Adam Krueger, Sonja Brankovic, Aaron Levine (IAC prof, faculty advisor), Aaron Pfenning, Joshua Weitz (co-PI). Front row from left to right: Emtiaz Hossain Hritan, Stephanie Bilodeau, Jeongran Vanderwoude, Nidhi Desai, Alessandra Luna, Annalisa Bracco (EAS prof, faculty advisor), Clio Andris (CoC/CoD prof, faculty advisor), Gabi Steinbach (PI)