University of Wisconsin–Madison

Staff

Bruce Beihoff, Technical Director of Industrial and Systems Research

Bruce Beihoff has over 35 years of engineering and research experience in many primary industries and for some of the largest enterprises within these Industries, such as Rockwell Automation and EATON. During these 35 years of engineering, technology development, and R&D management, he was awarded 44 patents, and seven major technical achievement/innovation awards. In addition, Bruce had the joy and privilege of leading diverse international teams developing a dozen major product families into production in five major industries.

Kaila Bertsch, Postdoctoral Researcher

Kaila is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Materials Science and Engineering Department in collaboration with the Grainger Institute for Engineering and Dr. Dan Thoma. Her research focuses on investigating mechanical properties and microstructure of additively manufactured metals for the UW 2020 initiative, as well as solidification processes, advanced manufacturing techniques, and alloy design. Kaila obtained her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2017 under the tutelage of Dean Ian Robertson. Her previous research areas focused on utilizing microstructural analysis of metals across length scales, particularly electron microscopy, to study mechanical properties and hydrogen embrittlement, with a focus on grain boundaries, dislocation interactions, and the evolution of plastic deformation. She was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013 and the NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) scholarship in 2014 in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark at Risø. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in May 2012. Contact Kaila: kbertsch@wisc.edu

Gabriel Meric de Bellefon, Assistant Scientist

Dr. Meric de Bellefon is an Assistant Scientist working in the Materials Science and Engineering Department in collaboration with the Grainger Institute for Engineering and Dr. Dan Thoma. He is interested in the use of metal additive manufacturing to fabricate functionally-graded materials for energy applications, and in the development of in situ monitoring techniques to better control microstructure development during metal additive manufacturing. Dr. Meric de Bellefon obtained a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2018, during which he focused on the development of nano-structured stainless steels for nuclear power applications. He was awarded the Department of Energy NEUP Graduate Fellowship in 2015. Dr. Meric de Bellefon graduated with an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from University of California - Berkeley in 2009, and a B.S. in Physics from Ecole Polytechnique, France in 2008. Contact: mericdebelle@wisc.edu.

Page Metcalf, Executive Assistant

Page joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering in March 2016 where she serves as the Institute's primary liaison and point of contact, and manages projects and flow of work. Prior to that, she worked as an executive assistant in a research laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital where she supported several principal investigators, including a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Before that, she spent several years in the non-profit industry managing operations, governance, and development efforts. Contact Page: (608) 265-7953, pmetcalf@wisc.edu

Rhiannon McCarthy, Marketing Communications Coordinator

Rhiannon is a junior at UW-Madison studying Advertising & Public Relations, with a certificate in Graphic Design. She joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering in February 2018 as an Administrative Assistant and has since been promoted to Marketing Communications Coordinator. Her primary focus is to implement a strategic marketing plan and create compelling promotional materials. Contact Rhiannon: rmccarthy5@wisc.edu

Adrienne Nienow, Science Writer and Graphic Artist

Adrienne joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering in August 2017 after three and a half years in the advertising industry where she wrote extensively for clients in state economic development, healthcare IT, genetic engineering, water technology and electrical services. Before that, Adrienne took care of the marketing and communications for a high-efficiency electric charger OEM. A graduate of UW-Madison’s Life Sciences Communications program, Adrienne will be putting her science writing, editing, graphic design and marketing-communications skills to work in pursuit of research funding for the College of Engineering. Contact Adrienne: ahee@wisc.edu

Angela Pakes, Assistant Director for New Technology Directions

Angela joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering in August 2016. Prior to that, Angela led two research centers in the UW College of Engineering, held a leadership position as the external relations manager for the UW Office of Sustainability, and led the green building design and development of several major UW building projects, including Union South, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, and the School of Human Ecology and School of Education buildings. Since joining UW-Madison, Angela has also become a geological engineering adjunct professor, developing and leading classes and supervising student researchers. Prior to joining UW, Angela was Senior Engineer for Ford Motor Company Land Development Corporation. At Ford, Angela managed facility construction and engineering worldwide, utilizing Lean engineering, Six-sigma and LEED design principles and practices. She also led a revitalized branding and marketing design initiative for retail facilities worldwide. Prior to her time at Ford, Angela was the Midwest Regional Director for ENTRIX where she built a consulting operation from the ground up while becoming a well-established expert in environmental due diligence and large facility and infrastructure decommissioning. She earned her BS in Geological Engineering with a BS in Geology/Geophysics at UW-Madison, and her MSE in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Contact Angela: (608) 890-4966, angela.pakes@wisc.edu

Mythili Thevamaran, Laboratory Manager

Mythili earned her B.Sc.Eng. (Hons.) degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2008, and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston in 2017. She joined the Grainger Institute for Engineering in August 2017. Prior to that, she worked as a Research Assistant at the California Institute of Technology, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. Before moving to USA, she was a Project Engineer at the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka, which is responsible for major dams and reservoirs in Sri Lanka. Contact Mythili: (608) 265-1444, mthevamaran@wisc.edu

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