DUAL CAREER - Candidate Bios

The Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention connects with community employers, as well as internal hiring units, to create a network for the pipeline of talent brought to the area by dual career partners. If interested in learning more about one of our Dual Career partners, please call 765-496-6642 or email partner@purdue.edu.

Patnarin (Oh) Benyathiar

Oh Benyathiar is a PhD food packaging engineer with more than four years’ professional experience in complex global food companies. She is an expert in packaging innovation, package performance testing, food and packaging quality, aseptic packaging sterilization, active packaging, smart/intelligent packaging food safety, sustainability and packaging technology to prolong the product shelf life. Oh has extensive experience in research and manufacturing environments for experimental design, bench development, pilot, commercialization and team leadership.

Aparna Desai

Aparna Desai holds a master’s degree in plant genetics and molecular biology from the University of Georgia. She has more than 8 years of work experience in genetics and molecular biology and has worked in labs at universities and in industry. She has a broad knowledge base in various plant sciences and is proficient in various molecular biology and biochemistry techniques like DNA extractions; PCRs; qPCRs; Southerns, Northerns and Westerns; protein purification; electrophoresis; QTL; and sequence analysis. Aparna is seeking research/education jobs in molecular biology and/or plant sciences.

Junli Liu

Junli Liu has more than 15 years of experience in chemical engineering with a doctorate in chemical engineering. He has also earned the Six Sigma Green Belt. Junli has approximately 10 publications, two copyrights and two patents. He is seeking a position where he can use his expertise in chemical industry or biofuels industry, such as process development, process optimization, process/product scaling up, design of experiments, statistical process control, etc.

James Lefort

James Lefort has more than 13 years of quality management experience in the agri-food business sector with a master’s degree in plant science and food science. He is certified in the administration of several GFSI/food safety standards including FSSC (ISO) 22000, SQF, and GlobalGAP. In addition, he is an experienced external/internal auditor and has facilitating experience in lean management methodologies such as Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen, 5-S, and 5-Why. James is seeking a profession where he can utilize his quality, operational and manufacturing skillsets.

Gayathri Anand

Gayathri Anand has more than 10 years of experience in web development and a master’s degree in computer engineering. Gayathri is seeking a position where she can use her creative skills and engineering background to work on web applications that deliver an intuitive and engaging user experience.

Diane Wagner

Diane Wagner has more than 30 years of nursing experience including geriatric care, nursing management and psychiatric care. She has a bachelor of science in human development and family studies and an associate’s degree in nursing. She has worked most recently with patients experiencing mental health crisis, suicidality, decompensated psychiatric conditions or substance abuse issues. Diane is seeking a registered nurse position in student health and counseling, psychiatric care or mental health and substance abuse services.

Yunjeong Hong

Yun Jeong Hong was born in South Korea and received her bachelor of fine arts from Seoul Women's University in 2005 and her master’s of fine arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2010. Her works involve writing, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and performance. Yun Jeong’s works have been shown internationally and included in several exhibitions. Apart from her studio practice, Yun Jeong curated an exhibition “Nomadic Fantasia-Indra's net (2011)” in Champaign, Illinois, of over five artists working on body and mind tracking as their research. In addition, she participated in an international artist symposium in Austria (2012) and Artist Residency of Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles (2011) in Spain. From 2014, Yun Jeong has served the Washington, DC art community as a member of the Artist Advisory Council. During 2015, Yun Jeong supervised a graduate student of curatorial practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art and designed two exhibitions related to homelessness in Baltimore and Rockville.

Catherine Sandhage

Catherine Sandhage has more than 15 years of combined retail and administrative experience. For more than four years, Catherine held the position of executive director for a nonprofit girls choir. Her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, creating and implementing all marketing materials for concert publicity and recruitment of new members and volunteers; calculating and dispersing payroll; managing the bank accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable; creating and implementing the annual budget; organizing and implementing fundraising opportunities; writing grant proposals; organizing and leading national and international concert tours; and preparing and running bi-monthly board meetings. Catherine holds a bachelor of arts in American studies from The University of Michigan.

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Sean Courtney

Sean Courtney has more than eight years of experience in computational genomics and bioinformatics. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina within the Department of Surgical Oncology and Center for Genomic Medicine. He is seeking a faculty or research position related to genomics and biomedical research. He has laboratory skills in procedures such as Next Generation Sequencing, RNA-Seq, Whole Exome Sequencing and Microarray, among others. He also has experience with computer programs such as LINUX, HPCC, PERL, Python and R, among others.

Shu Huo

Shu (Sue) Huo was a senior programmer analyst at ADP and Broadridge Finance Services for more than 15 years, where she successfully designed, coded, tested, maintained and updated an information management system that supported more than 1,000 users. She is a detail-oriented professional, looking to support an organization in a clerical or data management role with her extensive quantitative skills, ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions, work collaboratively as a team player, and deliver assigned projects on time and of high quality.

Fei Lin

Fei Lin has six years of experience in accounting, banking and finance with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington State University. She is seeking a position where she can participate in tasks using her accounting and finance expertise, such as payroll management, budget preparation and travel expense auditing.

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Rodrigo Ferraz de Andrade

Rodrigo Ferraz de Andrade has more than six years of experience in teaching undergraduate level courses at Purdue University. He has a Master’s degree in mathematics from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and will soon earn a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University. He is looking for a professor or lecturer position, beginning in fall 2017, in which he can continue to teach mathematics courses at the undergraduate level and also graduate level courses.

Sarah Jacoba

Sarah Jacoba has more than 10 years of experience working with students of all ages in a variety of contexts. She is seeking a position in instruction, program creation and coordination, or administration that would allow her to work closely with students in an educational context. Sarah is currently completing her PhD in French literature (expected September 2016) and has taught several university-level courses, most recently at Purdue University. She also has experience in student services (Queen's University, Wilfrid Laurier University) and other external student success and language programs (Oxford Learning Centre, Palabras Language School), where she worked closely with students aged 5 to middle-aged, helping them to acquire the skills necessary to achieve short- and long- term academic and professional success.

Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang

Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development in 2011. She has 17 years of professional experience in cross-cultural business and academic settings, where she has proven to be a successful manager, team developer and executive program director. She is a confident researcher, having presented and published several papers in major conferences and journals. Theresa is also an experienced and highly regarded educator. Dr. Kang is a multi-lingual and considerate communicator with an open mind. She looks forward to finding a great “fit” in the Greater Lafayette region where she can apply her research and management skills and international insights.

Huai-Rhin Kim

Huai-Rhin Kim received a doctorate in speech and hearing science, a master’s in teaching English as an international language and a bachelor’s in linguistics, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received a Brain Korea (BK) 21 Plus postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the Ministry of Education in Korea. She has five years of teaching and research experience during her doctoral studies and her stay in Korea as a BK 21 Plus fellow. She has also worked as the director of a preschool and day care in Victoria. Huai-Rhin is seeking a position where she can teach and research in areas of bilingualism, bilingual language development for children with and without special needs and assessment for children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Swati Pol

Swati Pol has more than 13 years of experience in materials science, engineering and battery technology. She has a doctorate in chemistry (nano materials engineering). She also has outreach experience, working with grad students as well as students in grades K-12. Swati is looking for a position where she can apply her scientific background to materials fabrication, characterization, their application or outreach experience for engaging the new generations and guide the graduate students.

Catherine Sandhage

Catherine Sandhage has more than 15 years of combined retail and administrative experience. For more than four years, Catherine held the position of executive director for a nonprofit girls choir. Her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, creating and implementing all marketing materials for concert publicity and recruitment of new members and volunteers; calculating and dispersing payroll; managing the bank accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable; creating and implementing the annual budget; organizing and implementing fundraising opportunities; writing grant proposals; organizing and leading national and international concert tours; and preparing and running bi-monthly board meetings. Catherine holds a bachelor of arts in American studies from The University of Michigan.

Jing Wang

Jing Wang has been a J.L. Doob assistant professor in the department of mathematics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since August 2015. She was previously a postdoc fellow at the Institute for Mathematics and IT Applications, University of Minnesota after earning her PhD in mathematics from Purdue University in May 2014. She also earned her master’s in computational finance from Purdue University in May 2013. Her research is in the intersection of fields of probability and differential geometry. Jing Wang has taught finance courses at UIUC’s actuarial science program. She is seeking a tenure-track position where she can focus her research while keeping a good balance of teaching.

Jiang Yang

Jiang Yang has a doctorate in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University. Jiang has more than 16 years of experience in biomedical research on cardiovascular diseases and cancer. She is seeking a position where she can pursue her research interest in cancer biology and therapeutics or apply her knowledge in cardiovascular biology and cancer biology and technical expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and disease-associated animal models.

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Rodrigo Ferraz de Andrade

Rodrigo Ferraz de Andrade has more than six years of experience in teaching undergraduate level courses at Purdue University. He has a Master’s degree in mathematics from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and will soon earn a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University. He is looking for a professor or lecturer position, beginning in fall 2017, in which he can continue to teach mathematics courses at the undergraduate level and also graduate level courses.

Patnarin (Oh) Benyathiar

Oh Benyathiar is a PhD food packaging engineer with more than four years’ professional experience in complex global food companies. She is an expert in packaging innovation, package performance testing, food and packaging quality, aseptic packaging sterilization, active packaging, smart/intelligent packaging food safety, sustainability and packaging technology to prolong the product shelf life. Oh has extensive experience in research and manufacturing environments for experimental design, bench development, pilot, commercialization and team leadership.

Shu Huo

Shu (Sue) Huo was a senior programmer analyst at ADP and Broadridge Finance Services for more than 15 years, where she successfully designed, coded, tested, maintained and updated an information management system that supported more than 1,000 users. She is a detail-oriented professional, looking to support an organization in a clerical or data management role with her extensive quantitative skills, ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions, work collaboratively as a team player, and deliver assigned projects on time and of high quality.

Junli Liu

Junli Liu has more than 15 years of experience in chemical engineering with a doctorate in chemical engineering. He has also earned the Six Sigma Green Belt. Junli has approximately 10 publications, two copyrights and two patents. He is seeking a position where he can use his expertise in chemical industry or biofuels industry, such as process development, process optimization, process/product scaling up, design of experiments, statistical process control, etc.

Myron Miller

Myron Miller has more than 18 years of experience in engineering product development and management with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is seeking a position that builds on his strong leadership skills and his passion for innovative engineering.

Swati Pol

Swati Pol has more than 13 years of experience in materials science, engineering and battery technology. She has a doctorate in chemistry (nano materials engineering). She also has outreach experience, working with grad students as well as students in grades K-12. Swati is looking for a position where she can apply her scientific background to materials fabrication, characterization, their application or outreach experience for engaging the new generations and guide the graduate students.

No candidates at this time.

Sean Courtney

Sean Courtney has more than eight years of experience in computational genomics and bioinformatics. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina within the Department of Surgical Oncology and Center for Genomic Medicine. He is seeking a faculty or research position related to genomics and biomedical research. He has laboratory skills in procedures such as Next Generation Sequencing, RNA-Seq, Whole Exome Sequencing and Microarray, among others. He also has experience with computer programs such as LINUX, HPCC, PERL, Python and R, among others.

Bruna Guelfi

Bruna Guelfi has earned her degree in physical therapy in Brazil and has 10 years of experience with outpatient, inpatient and home treatment settings. She is specialized in orthopedic and sports medicine and has employed techniques such as manual therapy, aquatic therapy, posture reeducation and Pilates to treat her patients. Bruna had the opportunity to develop her inpatient treatment skills in Missouri, where she worked at a hospital, as well as an outpatient clinic. She is seeking a position in which she will be able to apply her broad experience and will also be able to continue developing her knowledge within the health care area.

Diane Wagner

Diane Wagner has more than 30 years of nursing experience including geriatric care, nursing management and psychiatric care. She has a bachelor of science in human development and family studies and an associate’s degree in nursing. She has worked most recently with patients experiencing mental health crisis, suicidality, decompensated psychiatric conditions or substance abuse issues. Diane is seeking a registered nurse position in student health and counseling, psychiatric care or mental health and substance abuse services.

Haoying Yu

Haoying Yu has eight years of experience in pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences and biology labs, with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health (concentration: preventive medicine) and a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences (concentration: pharmaceutical analysis). She is seeking a technical or administrative (lab management) position in a pharmaceutical/pharmacy, biology, life sciences or chemistry lab. General administrative positions at Purdue are also welcomed.

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Gayathri Anand

Gayathri Anand has more than 10 years of experience in web development and a master’s degree in computer engineering. Gayathri is seeking a position where she can use her creative skills and engineering background to work on web applications that deliver an intuitive and engaging user experience.

Shu Huo

Shu (Sue) Huo was a senior programmer analyst at ADP and Broadridge Finance Services for more than 15 years, where she successfully designed, coded, tested, maintained and updated an information management system that supported more than 1,000 users. She is a detail-oriented professional, looking to support an organization in a clerical or data management role with her extensive quantitative skills, ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions, work collaboratively as a team player, and deliver assigned projects on time and of high quality.

No candidates at this time

No candidates at this time

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Sean Courtney

Sean Courtney has more than eight years of experience in computational genomics and bioinformatics. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina within the Department of Surgical Oncology and Center for Genomic Medicine. He is seeking a faculty or research position related to genomics and biomedical research. He has laboratory skills in procedures such as Next Generation Sequencing, RNA-Seq, Whole Exome Sequencing and Microarray, among others. He also has experience with computer programs such as LINUX, HPCC, PERL, Python and R, among others.

Aparna Desai

Aparna Desai holds a master’s degree in plant genetics and molecular biology from the University of Georgia. She has more than 8 years of work experience in genetics and molecular biology and has worked in labs at universities and in industry. She has a broad knowledge base in various plant sciences and is proficient in various molecular biology and biochemistry techniques like DNA extractions; PCRs; qPCRs; Southerns, Northerns and Westerns; protein purification; electrophoresis; QTL; and sequence analysis. Aparna is seeking research/education jobs in molecular biology and/or plant sciences.

Huai-Rhin Kim

Huai-Rhin Kim received a doctorate in speech and hearing science, a master’s in teaching English as an international language and a bachelor’s in linguistics, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received a Brain Korea (BK) 21 Plus postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the Ministry of Education in Korea. She has five years of teaching and research experience during her doctoral studies and her stay in Korea as a BK 21 Plus fellow. She has also worked as the director of a preschool and day care in Victoria. Huai-Rhin is seeking a position where she can teach and research in areas of bilingualism, bilingual language development for children with and without special needs and assessment for children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

James Lefort

James Lefort has more than 13 years of quality management experience in the agri-food business sector with a master’s degree in plant science and food science. He is certified in the administration of several GFSI/food safety standards including FSSC (ISO) 22000, SQF, and GlobalGAP. In addition, he is an experienced external/internal auditor and has facilitating experience in lean management methodologies such as Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen, 5-S, and 5-Why. James is seeking a profession where he can utilize his quality, operational and manufacturing skillsets.

Swati Pol

Swati Pol has more than 13 years of experience in materials science, engineering and battery technology. She has a doctorate in chemistry (nano materials engineering). She also has outreach experience, working with grad students as well as students in grades K-12. Swati is looking for a position where she can apply her scientific background to materials fabrication, characterization, their application or outreach experience for engaging the new generations and guide the graduate students.

Jiang Yang

Jiang Yang has a doctorate in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University. Jiang has more than 16 years of experience in biomedical research on cardiovascular diseases and cancer. She is seeking a position where she can pursue her research interest in cancer biology and therapeutics or apply her knowledge in cardiovascular biology and cancer biology and technical expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and disease-associated animal models.

Haoying Yu

Haoying Yu has eight years of experience in pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences and biology labs, with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health (concentration: preventive medicine) and a Master of Science degree in pharmaceutical sciences (concentration: pharmaceutical analysis). She is seeking a technical or administrative (lab management) position in a pharmaceutical/pharmacy, biology, life sciences or chemistry lab. General administrative positions at Purdue are also welcomed.

Boshra Afra

Boshra Afra has two years of experience in knowledge operations, synthesis and analysis of results, management of sources, performance reporting and vendor relationship management at the McKinsey & Company. She also has more than four years of research experience in materials science and engineering with more than 20 refereed journal publications. Boshra has hands-on experience with business plan development and market research as part of her Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has won multiple awards for presentation and public speaking. She has a PhD in physics, a master’s in information technology, and a bachelor of science in physics. With her multidisciplinary background and broad experience, Boshra is ready to take challenging roles both in academia or industry. She is particularly interested in management, coordination and executive assistant roles, as well as research analysis.

Fei Lin

Fei Lin has six years of experience in accounting, banking and finance with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington State University. She is seeking a position where she can participate in tasks using her accounting and finance expertise, such as payroll management, budget preparation and travel expense auditing.

Swati Pol

Swati Pol has more than 13 years of experience in materials science, engineering and battery technology. She has a doctorate in chemistry (nano materials engineering). She also has outreach experience, working with grad students as well as students in grades K-12. Swati is looking for a position where she can apply her scientific background to materials fabrication, characterization, their application or outreach experience for engaging the new generations and guide the graduate students.

Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang

Hye-Seung (Theresa) Kang earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development in 2011. She has 17 years of professional experience in cross-cultural business and academic settings, where she has proven to be a successful manager, team developer and executive program director. She is a confident researcher, having presented and published several papers in major conferences and journals. Theresa is also an experienced and highly regarded educator. Dr. Kang is a multi-lingual and considerate communicator with an open mind. She looks forward to finding a great “fit” in the Greater Lafayette region where she can apply her research and management skills and international insights.

James Lefort

James Lefort has more than 13 years of quality management experience in the agri-food business sector with a master’s degree in plant science and food science. He is certified in the administration of several GFSI/food safety standards including FSSC (ISO) 22000, SQF, and GlobalGAP. In addition, he is an experienced external/internal auditor and has facilitating experience in lean management methodologies such as Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen, 5-S, and 5-Why. James is seeking a profession where he can utilize his quality, operational and manufacturing skillsets.

Myron Miller    

Myron Miller has more than 18 years of experience in engineering product development and management with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is seeking a position that builds on his strong leadership skills and his passion for innovative engineering.

Brenda Sutherland

Brenda Sutherland is a tax professional with a CPA designation with 20 years of experience in higher education. She is seeking a professional level position that will utilize her comprehensive experience and to provide accounting and/or business services support to an organization.

Shu Huo

Shu (Sue) Huo was a senior programmer analyst at ADP and Broadridge Finance Services for more than 15 years, where she successfully designed, coded, tested, maintained and updated an information management system that supported more than 1,000 users. She is a detail-oriented professional, looking to support an organization in a clerical or data management role with her extensive quantitative skills, ability to identify problems, develop and implement solutions, work collaboratively as a team player, and deliver assigned projects on time and of high quality.

Catherine Sandhage

Catherine Sandhage has more than 15 years of combined retail and administrative experience. For more than four years, Catherine held the position of executive director for a nonprofit girls choir. Her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, creating and implementing all marketing materials for concert publicity and recruitment of new members and volunteers; calculating and dispersing payroll; managing the bank accounts, accounts receivable and accounts payable; creating and implementing the annual budget; organizing and implementing fundraising opportunities; writing grant proposals; organizing and leading national and international concert tours; and preparing and running bi-monthly board meetings. Catherine holds a bachelor of arts in American studies from The University of Michigan.

No candidates at this time.
No candidates at this time.


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